12. were balloons invented?
Balloons—in one form or another—have been around for centuries. But the modern latex balloon—the kind you can blow up yourself—was invented in New England during the Great Depression.
A chemical engineer, frustrated in his attempts to make inner tubes from this new product—liquid latex—scrawled a cat’s head on a piece of cardboard and dipped it in the latex. When it dried, Neil Tillotson had a “cat balloon,” complete with ears. He made about 2,000 balloons and sold them on the street during Boston’s annual Patriot Day parade.
In the late 1970s, silver metalized balloons were developed for the New York City Ballet. These balloons are commonly called Mylar, but they are actually made from a metalized nylon and are more expensive than latex balloons.
13. What happens to balloons that fly away?
Often latex balloons are released either on purpose or accidentally. Research shows that most of these latex balloons—the ones that are well-tied and have no structural flaws—rise to an altitude of about five miles, where they freeze, breaking into spaghetti-like pieces that scatter as they return to earth. While we do know that animals occasionally eat these soft slivers of rubber, the evidence indicates that pieces ultimately pass through the digestive system without harming the animal.
14. Are Balloon Releases Litter?
Mass balloon releases come under fire from misinformed critics who inaccurately claim releases generate a major source of litter and threaten the ecology. While anecdotal, subjective “evidence” is usually cited to support these assertions, corroborating factual data is rarely presented.
Important facts you should know about latex balloon releases:
Avoiding Choking Accidents
Where Do Balloons Go When They Fall On The Ground
Learning About Permiability
Measuring How Fast Helium Filled Balloons Rise
Which Way Is The Wind Blowing
Some of the answers above were provided from The Balloon Council. Please visit this site for more information.
Fun Balloon Facts
If the sound of a balloon popping startles you, you’re not alone. A bursting balloon actually creates a small sonic boom! Once a hole is made in an inflated balloon, the quick release of the balloon’s energy, or air, causes the hole to grow at almost the speed of sound in rubber. Since this speed is much higher than the speed of sound in air, the hole in the balloon actually breaks the sound barrier, creating a sonic boom.
Balloons were invented in 1824, the same year as the electromagnet.
Pioneer manufactures nearly one billion Qualatex latex balloons per year.
Helium-filled balloons float because helium is lighter than nitrogen and oxygen, the two components of air.
For more than 80 years, Qualatex balloons have celebrated big events worldwide — from American political conventions to Korean television specials.