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

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

Would You Trust a Helium-Filled Floating Venue On Your Wedding Day?

If you like the idea of an outdoor wedding, but not the idea of setting up a tent which can be a hassle, you might want to reach out to design studio Qastic. As part of the Connecticut-based firm's research into the feasibility of using floating structures in its architecture, it created this inflatable helium-filled… » 8/30/13 6:30pm 8/30/13 6:30pm

Google Wants to Use Balloons to Cover the World in Wi-Fi

If you go deep inside the desert or climb a mountain or find yourself in the South Pole or a remote farm or any place that can be considered "the middle of nowhere," guess what? You have no internet. Well, Wired is reporting that Google wants to change all that by sending high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere… » 6/14/13 11:17pm 6/14/13 11:17pm

A Sculpture Made of 10,000 Balloons Redefines Balloon Art

Jason Hackensworth is a balloon artist, but not the kind that wears oversized shoes and has been the villain in a 1990 horror movie. He's known for his balloon sculptures of biological forms and creatures, like this anemone-like sculpture, currently on display in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland as… » 3/29/13 4:20pm 3/29/13 4:20pm

You Don't Have To Be Tony Stark To Build an Iron Man Gauntlet with…

It's no surprise that people like to try and build things from Iron Man. Iron Man is awesome. We've seen a Reactor Ring that doubles as a ring box, but it doesn't actually generate any power. This home-made Iron Man gauntlet on the other hand, actually does do some real Iron Man stuff, like shoot lasers. » 1/20/13 1:04pm 1/20/13 1:04pm