Self-Sealing Water Balloons You Never Need To Tie

A water balloon fight is no fun when kids have to keep running back to their parents to tie the balloons for them. Using tiny elastics the Bunch O Balloons came up with a slightly better way to automatically tie 37 water balloons at once, but these Zorbz appear to have the best solution yet, automatically sealing… » 2/26/15 5:59pm 2/26/15 5:59pm

Guy in a lawn chair gets lifted by giant balloons like in the movie Up

Every person who has seen the movie Up and also enjoys dreaming about fanciful things every now and again has thought about flying away in balloons like Carl Fredricksen. Professional daredevil and crazy person Erik Roner just did it. He bought tanks of helium to pump up giant balloons to make him fly. » 12/23/14 2:03am 12/23/14 2:03am

I Can't Stop Watching These Parade Balloon Accident Videos

Like stock car races or primary debates, balloon parades are an alleged form of entertainment that's mostly just boring until something goes wrong. Fortunately, with balloon accidents the resulting injuries are primarily psychic in nature—measured in months of therapy for poor Jacob after seeing Pikachu disemboweled… » 11/27/14 3:30pm 11/27/14 3:30pm

It takes 90 people to wrangle a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon

Our annual day of helium excess is upon us. We speak, of course, of Thanksgiving and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. These giant floppy balloons, as tall as buildings and filled with 12,000 cubic feet of helium, are not graceful creatures. The average balloon requires 90 handlers just to get it down the street. » 11/26/14 4:45pm 11/26/14 4:45pm

Ohio's Using a Drone to Spy on Prisoners (and Their Smuggling Friends)

Ever heard of the Panopticon? It's a type of prison design that enables a single watchman to see everyone. Now, Ohio is experimenting with an interesting twist on that idea by putting the watchman in the sky with an infrared camera. » 10/09/14 3:44pm 10/09/14 3:44pm

Skateboarding through 5000 balloons looks like a whole lot of fun

If you think about it, ball pits are gross cesspools that hide violent bits of static charges and virulent diseases that smell like melting plastic. They are not fun. But that's because adults are not fun. For kids, there are few places better. This 5000 balloon pit is like a ball pit for kids, but for skateboarders. » 9/16/14 11:26pm 9/16/14 11:26pm

Disney Developed Software To Revolutionize Macy's Parade Balloons

The reason your favorite cartoon or movie character hasn't appeared in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade isn't necessarily because they're not popular, it might be that crafting an inflatable likeness has just been too difficult. But to ensure no fad gets left out, the folks at Disney Research have developed… » 8/11/14 10:44am 8/11/14 10:44am

Guy with superhuman lungs can make a hot water bottle explode

Meet Brian Jackson, an 11-time Guinness World Record holder who's probably a mutant with the lungs of a giant. He can make those red hot water rubber bottles explode in 51.98 seconds. Those bottles need 170 pounds of pressure to blow up so yeah, Jackson's breath is basically superhuman. » 8/07/14 11:30pm 8/07/14 11:30pm

Place Your Bets on This Thrilling Roomba Knife Fight

It's a Roomba-eat-Roomba world out there and these two plucky floor cleaners are playing for keeps. By which I mean their drunk owners taped knives and balloons to them and forced them into combat. It's adorably dangerous! » 7/27/14 2:00pm 7/27/14 2:00pm

New Zealand Just Mistook Google's Project Loon for a Crashing Airplane

Filling the skies with whimsical, internet-providing balloons is bound to have the occasional hitch—and down in New Zealand, one of Google's Project Loon balloons was just mistaken for an airplane crashing, causing emergency services to flock. » 6/20/14 7:40am 6/20/14 7:40am

Your Reminder That Internet Balloons in the Sky Can Also Fall Down

Filling the sky with a flock of internet balloons sounds like an interesting if also sort of insane idea on paper, but in real life it's not quite so fancy-free. And Google's dealing with that first hand now that one of its internet balloons has crashed and caused a power outage. » 6/03/14 10:20am 6/03/14 10:20am

Up in the Air: Using Tethered Balloons to Photograph the Future City

Sometimes even the most visionary architects need a little perspective—a way to see what's just over the horizon. To show them what's coming, photographer Curt Westergard delivers a peek at the near-future using one of the oldest, most low-tech solutions on the planet: Balloons. » 4/30/14 9:20am 4/30/14 9:20am

As part of the inaugural Global Space Balloon Challenge, a group of Stanford students took this photo from just above the Earth using two high altitude balloons. With one of them perched slightly above the other, you can see the balloon braving the flight as the other captures this breathtaking view over California. [… » 4/24/14 6:20pm 4/24/14 6:20pm

Chat with the Man Who Unleashed 1.5 Million Balloons On Cleveland

Way back on September 27th, 1986, the city of Cleveland was taken over by 1.5 million helium-filled balloons. The photos are amazing. The aftermath was not. Tom Holowach, the project manager of Balloonfest '86, popped by Kinja to say hello, and has kindly offered to answer all your questions about the event. The sky's… » 4/22/14 5:28pm 4/22/14 5:28pm

That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued

Balloons! They're fun, delightfully whimsical environmental disasters. And in 1986, a mass balloon release in Cleveland went really, really wrong, when 1.5 million helium-filled floaters were let loose into the sky, got caught in a storm, drifted down to earth, and caused a hell of a lot of problems. » 4/22/14 9:00am 4/22/14 9:00am

One of Google's Project Loon balloons has completed a journey around the globe in just 22 days. That exceeds the expectations of the Mountain View engineers—they thought it would take 33 days—and puts Phileas Fogg to shame. [Google] » 4/04/14 5:46am 4/04/14 5:46am

These Womb-Like Cathedrals of Color Are Made From Giant Balloons

Would you believe this room was created with nothing more than plastic sheeting, natural light, and an air compressor? It's called a luminarium, and its inventors, Architects of AIR, have just released a book that chronicles two decades of their creations. » 3/11/14 9:00am 3/11/14 9:00am

These Giant Balloons Inflated Indoors Look Completely Surreal

What happens when you take a giant balloon and inflate it inside a small space? These photos show just that—and the surreal dreamworlds that result, looking like a mix between the inside of a person's body and a ghostly construction site. » 2/23/14 2:01pm 2/23/14 2:01pm

Weird Bowls Made Using Balloons Filled With Rice, Marbles, and Pasta

If you're ranking fun things to put in a balloon, helium probably tops the list, followed probably by water and then plain old human huffin' and puffin'. But a fascinating thing happens when dry rice is poured into a balloon and all the air is sucked out: welcome to your new favorite filler. » 1/03/14 1:00pm 1/03/14 1:00pm

Would You Pay $75,000 to Ride This Spectacular Balloon to Space?

Space tourism sounds exciting and unforgettable and all, but with a single trip costing as much as a small house, it's simply out of reach for the average person. A company called Paragon Space Development Corp is hoping to change that with a new, more affordable ticket to space. It'll cost as much as a slightly… » 10/22/13 6:40pm 10/22/13 6:40pm