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2012-04-29 05:03:20 AM
Clowns everywhere inconsolable.
 
2012-04-29 07:01:09 AM
Nobody wants to take my advice, which is to fill the balloons with hydrogen.

Especially at birthday parties.

Near the cake.
 
2012-04-29 09:18:58 AM
We are pissing away our strategic reserve, and it really IS Bush's fault, he thought it is a waste. In ten years, an MRI is going to cost a fortune.

Essential for super conductivity.
 
2012-04-29 09:19:34 AM
This is a serious problem that's going to bite us all in the ass in the next decade.

There's not a lot of helium here on Earth, so the Feds wisely set up a national stockpile-- that shiat has more important uses than making your voice sound funny-- Until 1996, when congress decided to say "FARK it" and started selling off the reserve for next to nothing. as a result of the dumping, prices got so low everybody has been squandering it, and when helium is gone, it's gone-- as in off to outer space.

Think MRI scans cost a lot now? Just wait until the liquid helium needed to run it goes up in price a hundredfold or more.
 
2012-04-29 09:22:13 AM
The solution: STOP USING IT FOR STUPID shiat!!!

Seriously, a non-renewable resource that is essential for a ton of important scientific and medical applications and we're using it to blow up party balloons and talk funny.
 
2012-04-29 09:23:56 AM
Maybe they're betting that terahertz imaging will render the MRI obsolete before we run outta helium.
 
2012-04-29 09:24:52 AM
Now how do you expect the Excelsior to compete with other forms of air travel?
 
2012-04-29 09:26:33 AM
No big surprise. The US has been divesting itself of its huge stockpile of helium for a while now. Prices will continue to go up.
 
2012-04-29 09:26:47 AM
I can't see the headline in either chrome or firefox :(
 
2012-04-29 09:31:51 AM
"People in my balloon network, some have had a hard time getting gas."

*snicker*
 
2012-04-29 09:32:26 AM
Isn't helium also used in electronics manufacturing, or am I making that part up?

Either way, this is a way bigger deal than people will realize until it's too late.
 
2012-04-29 09:32:41 AM

Nickninja: The solution: STOP USING IT FOR STUPID shiat!!!

Seriously, a non-renewable resource that is essential for a ton of important scientific and medical applications and we're using it to blow up party balloons and talk funny.


There is simple not enough THIS in the world to sum up my feelings....
 
2012-04-29 09:33:04 AM

Riche: There's not a lot of helium here on Earth, so the Feds wisely set up a national stockpile-- that shiat has more important uses than making your voice sound funny-- Until 1996, when congress decided to say "FARK it" and started selling off the reserve for next to nothing. as a result of the dumping, prices got so low everybody has been squandering it, and when helium is gone, it's gone-- as in off to outer space.


Actually, that was specifically Newt Gingrich who decided that needed to be done.
 
2012-04-29 09:36:50 AM
"The big manufacturers are telling everybody there is a shortage. I'm not being shorted, but I'm paying double for it."

Economics fail.
 
2012-04-29 09:37:12 AM
Great. There go my plans to affordably relocate my house when I'm a crabby old man living in a valuable commercial area.
 
2012-04-29 09:37:19 AM
www.officialshirts.com

/derp
 
2012-04-29 09:38:07 AM
Good reason to hurry the fark up with getting fusion working. Helium is a byproduct.
 
2012-04-29 09:45:19 AM

Ambitwistor: "The big manufacturers are telling everybody there is a shortage. I'm not being shorted, but I'm paying double for it."

Economics fail.


Supply and demand is a lie.
 
2012-04-29 09:45:26 AM
You know else had a helium shortage?
 
2012-04-29 09:46:51 AM

Ambitwistor: "The big manufacturers are telling everybody there is a shortage. I'm not being shorted, but I'm paying double for it."

Economics fail.


Ya, this made my head hurt.
 
2012-04-29 09:47:31 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: You know else had a helium shortage?


Banana? Pittsburgh? Alan Greenspan?

/your sentence has a word shortage
 
2012-04-29 09:51:36 AM
Solution: mine the sun for all the helium you want
 
2012-04-29 09:52:42 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: You know who else had a helium shortage?


Hugo Eckener?
 
2012-04-29 09:52:50 AM

GAT_00:

Actually, that was specifically Newt Gingrich who decided that needed to be done.


That makes sense. Stupid and short-sighted, that's Gingrich. Still, Clinton signed off on it.
 
2012-04-29 09:54:42 AM

irving47: Good reason to hurry the fark up with getting fusion working. Helium is a byproduct.


Noice. I was wondering if there is a way to create the element.
 
2012-04-29 09:59:25 AM

eeeleeet: irving47: Good reason to hurry the fark up with getting fusion working. Helium is a byproduct.

Noice. I was wondering if there is a way to create the element.


so if I could create a controlled fusion reaction inside a closed latex balloon, I could create self-inflating heilum balloons?
 
2012-04-29 10:00:09 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Nobody wants to take my advice, which is to fill the balloons with hydrogen.

Especially at birthday parties.

Near the cake.


rebreatherpro.typepad.com
 
2012-04-29 10:06:40 AM
You're reading this thread thinking what it would sound like with a helium voice... admit it.

Now picture Morgan Freeman reading this thread... with a helium voice.

hope I didn't make anybody's head explode.
 
2012-04-29 10:06:41 AM

irving47: Good reason to hurry the fark up with getting fusion working. Helium is a byproduct.


Radioactive decay also produces it. Nuclear waste FTW!
 
2012-04-29 10:08:01 AM

mainstreet62: irving47: Good reason to hurry the fark up with getting fusion working. Helium is a byproduct.

Radioactive decay also produces it. Nuclear waste FTW!


Finally, a reason to pile up all that nuclear waste!
 
2012-04-29 10:08:08 AM
Try using jenkum gas.
 
2012-04-29 10:12:20 AM

Riche: GAT_00:

Actually, that was specifically Newt Gingrich who decided that needed to be done.

That makes sense. Stupid and short-sighted, that's Gingrich. Still, Clinton signed off on it.


Newt obviously has plans to harvest the vast helium repositories beneath the lunar surface.
 
2012-04-29 10:14:15 AM
www.moviefancentral.com

Now that dream is never gonna happen...
 
2012-04-29 10:20:29 AM

TripSixes: I can't see the headline in either chrome or firefox :(


Headline doesn't work for mobile either.
 
2012-04-29 10:22:39 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Nobody wants to take my advice, which is to fill the balloons with hydrogen.

Especially at birthday parties.

Near the cake.


I'm with you. Just use hydrogen. Plentiful and a lot more fun to dispose of after the party.

/ lighting off H filled balloons is LOUD.
 
2012-04-29 10:22:42 AM
Where did our current supply come from? I don't see that you could "mine" it, seems like it would escape as soon as you opened whatever cavity in the earth is holding it, Is there a way to sequester it from the atmosphere?
 
2012-04-29 10:23:26 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Do you know who else had a helium shortage?


John Wayne Gacy?
 
2012-04-29 10:26:26 AM

Riche: This is a serious problem that's going to bite us all in the ass in the next decade.

There's not a lot of helium here on Earth, so the Feds wisely set up a national stockpile-- that shiat has more important uses than making your voice sound funny-- Until 1996, when congress decided to say "FARK it" and started selling off the reserve for next to nothing. as a result of the dumping, prices got so low everybody has been squandering it, and when helium is gone, it's gone-- as in off to outer space.

Think MRI scans cost a lot now? Just wait until the liquid helium needed to run it goes up in price a hundredfold or more.


Even more important, what will we do without LCD Tvs?
 
2012-04-29 10:31:02 AM

Girion47: Where did our current supply come from? I don't see that you could "mine" it, seems like it would escape as soon as you opened whatever cavity in the earth is holding it, Is there a way to sequester it from the atmosphere?


Almost all helium comes along with natural gas deposits.
 
2012-04-29 10:33:15 AM

jayhawk88: Girion47: Where did our current supply come from? I don't see that you could "mine" it, seems like it would escape as soon as you opened whatever cavity in the earth is holding it, Is there a way to sequester it from the atmosphere?

Almost all helium comes along with natural gas deposits.


But obviously you can't mine natural gas either, because it would escape as soon as you opened whatever cavity in the earth is holding it. So that doesn't really help.
 
2012-04-29 10:34:48 AM

tbyte: jayhawk88: Girion47: Where did our current supply come from? I don't see that you could "mine" it, seems like it would escape as soon as you opened whatever cavity in the earth is holding it, Is there a way to sequester it from the atmosphere?

Almost all helium comes along with natural gas deposits.

But obviously you can't mine natural gas either, because it would escape as soon as you opened whatever cavity in the earth is holding it. So that doesn't really help.


thanks Dick!
 
2012-04-29 10:35:08 AM

Girion47: Where did our current supply come from? I don't see that you could "mine" it, seems like it would escape as soon as you opened whatever cavity in the earth is holding it, Is there a way to sequester it from the atmosphere?


Helium is generally gotten as a byproduct from natural gas production - it's produced by radioactive decay in the crust and trapped in the same places natural gas is. When you tap a natural gas well, you often get a bit of helium with it, which can be separated out and stored.

Note that, while new helium *is* generated by radioactive decay, that doesn't mean that the ongoing production can magically replace the long-built-up concentrated wells we're depleting - at least on any non-geological sort of timescale. It's *technically* a renewable resource, but only in the same sense that oil is technically renewable because we could wait a few million years for new deposits to be laid down.
 
2012-04-29 10:36:08 AM
OK I'll be the stupid. What does the headline mean?
 
2012-04-29 10:39:23 AM

Nick Nostril: ecmoRandomNumbers: Nobody wants to take my advice, which is to fill the balloons with hydrogen.

Especially at birthday parties.

Near the cake.

I'm with you. Just use hydrogen. Plentiful and a lot more fun to dispose of after the party.

/ lighting off H filled balloons is LOUD.


If you really want loud add a 30% O2 mix with it.
P.S.

Don't do this -- It will fark you up if your close to it when it goes off
 
2012-04-29 10:40:51 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: You know else had a helium shortage?


True. Helium was embargoed during WWII. Hence, the Hindenberg used hydrogen instead.
 
2012-04-29 10:42:06 AM

TripSixes: I can't see the headline in either chrome or firefox :(


Are you on a MAC?
Windows PC works for FireFox, Opera, IE, Chrome.
iPod touch works for Opera but not Safari.
Doesn't seem to work in Android at all. (Chrome Beta, "Browser", Dolphin.)
Ubuntu 11.10 works in Firefox, Chromium, and Lynx.
 
2012-04-29 10:55:39 AM

Gunny Walker: TripSixes: I can't see the headline in either chrome or firefox :(

Are you on a MAC?
Windows PC works for FireFox, Opera, IE, Chrome.
iPod touch works for Opera but not Safari.
Doesn't seem to work in Android at all. (Chrome Beta, "Browser", Dolphin.)
Ubuntu 11.10 works in Firefox, Chromium, and Lynx.


Looks fine on a Mac with Chrome. For anyone who can't read it, it says "Helium Prices Up", but written in all superscript, so it looks like the letters are floating away.
 
2012-04-29 10:55:44 AM
Guess I'm gonna have to fill my Zeppelin with Hydrogen now. Whats the worst that could happen?
 
2012-04-29 10:56:51 AM

Oldiron_79: Guess I'm gonna have to fill my Zeppelin with Hydrogen now. Whats the worst that could happen?


lowendmac.com
 
2012-04-29 10:59:03 AM
Oh the humanity!
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
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