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Dear Alto, Soprano, Castrato and inhalers of Helium !!


Balloons are my all time favourite multi coloured inflated balls of rubber fun and joy !!

Look..here's some !!




Ewe luff em, I luff em...we all luff em !!

LOL...balloons are just plain fun and often I just blow a load up for the kids to enjoy...and they brighten the place up too...

What I want to know though, is why do Helium balloons eventually lose their bouyancy ?...they're still inflated but don't float anymore *le sigh*

Why's that then ?



Thanks

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Neil
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mwah mwah mwah

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Helium Filled Balloons, Why Do They Eventually Fall ?
« Reply #1 on: 12/06/2008 14:00:56 »
They sink because eventually the helium seeps out of the balloon and then the air has been displaced causing the balloon to now be heavier and sink.

I also read that that the rubber balloon will deflate faster because the thin rubber is not an ideal container or as the article said barrier for the helium and that Mylar balloons last longer because of the mere structure of the mylar it holds better.

Beautiful Piccy Neil!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 13/06/2008 22:08:16 »
Rubber is a bit like a wicker basket where Helium atoms are concerned.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 14/06/2008 12:38:59 »
"Balloons are my all time favourite multi coloured inflated balls of rubber fun "
Glad to hear it.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 14/06/2008 12:53:17 »
H and He are quite small molecules and seep out easily through the rubber, unlike CO2 which will keep a ballon filled for ages. It doesn't float very well though.
 

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Helium Filled Balloons, Why Do They Eventually Fall ?
« Reply #5 on: 14/06/2008 13:46:36 »
They sink because eventually the helium seeps out of the balloon and then the air has been displaced causing the balloon to now be heavier and sink.

I also read that that the rubber balloon will deflate faster because the thin rubber is not an ideal container or as the article said barrier for the helium and that Mylar balloons last longer because of the mere structure of the mylar it holds better.

Beautiful Piccy Neil!

Thanks Karen....so it's not a case of the Helium losing it's ' lighter than air ' capability ?..it really is a case of seepage !..

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« Reply #6 on: 14/06/2008 13:48:29 »
Rubber is a bit like a wicker basket where Helium atoms are concerned.

Thanks Sophiecentaur.

So, Helium atoms are the Harry Houdini in the atomic world.....presumably because they are itsy bitsy teeny weeny !!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 14/06/2008 13:49:00 »
"Balloons are my all time favourite multi coloured inflated balls of rubber fun "
Glad to hear it.

LOL !!....blow some up and have some fun!!  ;D
 

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« Reply #8 on: 14/06/2008 13:51:06 »
H and He are quite small molecules and seep out easily through the rubber, unlike CO2 which will keep a ballon filled for ages. It doesn't float very well though.

Thank You Turnipsock   I appreciate your corroboration of the above. This is great. I know something I did not know before. This makes me  appear extra klevur when the brats kids ask me about it ! ;)
 

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« Reply #9 on: 16/06/2008 23:30:07 »
Balloons are my all time favourite multi coloured inflated balls of rubber fun and joy !!

Rubber "power" balls are better ...
http://bravia.sony.eu/bravia-html/balls-thead.asp
 

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« Reply #10 on: 17/06/2008 00:46:37 »
Dear Nice Peeps at  Sony,

Please enable me to see the above advert in all it's multi-colour luff and joy by sending me a Bravia gratis !..Thank Ewe Sony !!

Great Ad RD ...thanks....YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!!
 

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« Reply #11 on: 17/06/2008 01:45:45 »
That was a great and a lovely song RD!
 

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Helium Filled Balloons, Why Do They Eventually Fall ?
« Reply #12 on: 17/06/2008 21:23:35 »
The song is called 'Heartbeat' and it's from the 'Veneer' CD/Album by a Swede named Jose Gonzalez.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 17/06/2008 21:32:17 »
Yes it is Its in my favorites on utube!
 

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