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(The Raw Story)   We've secretly replaced the helium in the balloons at this Armenian political rally with hydrogen. Let's see if anyone notices... (pic included)   (rawstory.com) divider line 112
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2012-05-04 08:56:45 PM
JESUS CHRIST! O_O
 
2012-05-04 09:05:19 PM
BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It would be sad, but the funny crushed the tragedy.
 
2012-05-04 09:08:17 PM
i271.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-04 09:22:53 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It would be sad, but the funny crushed the tragedy.


I want to know how in the HELL this happened. Confusing an inert gas that makes your voice sound like a chipmunk for a highly combustible one CAN'T be an accident. No one in Armenia is THAT stupid! :O
 
2012-05-04 09:24:08 PM

Captain Steroid: ecmoRandomNumbers: BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It would be sad, but the funny crushed the tragedy.

I want to know how in the HELL this happened. Confusing an inert gas that makes your voice sound like a chipmunk for a highly combustible one CAN'T be an accident. No one in Armenia is THAT stupid! :O


Maybe it was a budget thing. Helium is expensive now.
 
2012-05-04 09:27:46 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, the Armenians have clearly moved ahead of us in the race to hydrogen balloon explosions at political rallies. We are facing a serious explosion at political rally gap. We need to start blowing up our own political rallies, faster, bigger, and more devastating than the Armenians do.

I think we need to work on a bi-partisan basis here. We should get all politicians to work together to get them as close to exploding Hydrogen as possible.

we can't let the Armenians outstrip us in the race to blow up politicians! We need to get all of the Democrats and all of the Republicans together and blow them the hell up, just to show those darned Armenians that we're America, got-dammit, and nobody can blow up politicians like we do!

The greens, the independents, the libertarians and the rest of the stupid useless parties can take part too. If you're a candidate for office who thinks that you have the knowledge and wisdom to tell others how to live, prove it by out-doing the Armenians. Blow yourself up, so that we don't suffer a "blown up politician" gap.

You don't want us to be worse than Armenia, do you?
 
2012-05-04 09:29:48 PM
[ARCHER QUOTE]
 
2012-05-04 09:32:55 PM

FloydA: Ladies and gentlemen, the Armenians have clearly moved ahead of us in the race to hydrogen balloon explosions at political rallies. We are facing a serious explosion at political rally gap. We need to start blowing up our own political rallies, faster, bigger, and more devastating than the Armenians do.

I think we need to work on a bi-partisan basis here. We should get all politicians to work together to get them as close to exploding Hydrogen as possible.

we can't let the Armenians outstrip us in the race to blow up politicians! We need to get all of the Democrats and all of the Republicans together and blow them the hell up, just to show those darned Armenians that we're America, got-dammit, and nobody can blow up politicians like we do!

The greens, the independents, the libertarians and the rest of the stupid useless parties can take part too. If you're a candidate for office who thinks that you have the knowledge and wisdom to tell others how to live, prove it by out-doing the Armenians. Blow yourself up, so that we don't suffer a "blown up politician" gap.

You don't want us to be worse than Armenia, do you?


In this case? Yes. O_o
 
2012-05-04 09:39:55 PM
HAHAHA idiots.
 
2012-05-04 11:29:57 PM
Something isn't right there. While the fark headline says hydrogen. That is NOT a hydrogen 'fireball'. Flames from hydrogen are not that color. Unless something on the surface caught fire coloring the flame or it was a mix of gasses.

I say this because I used to know a guy that owned a firework, pyrotechnic company. Who did the exploding "Pigs" for Pink Floyd's "Animals" tour. And was talking about how much of a pain it was to make it happen so they'd "blow up real good" with visual fireball..basically a custom mix of Hydrogen, LP gas, and other gasses and powders on the surface...for color. But it wasn't just Hydrogen, as that burns without color, but gives lift.
When you see the flames on the news reels of Hindenburg, that's the coating that's burning, not the gas.
 
2012-05-05 12:59:26 AM
That's the problem with Armenian rallies. Things can get hairy really quick.
 
2012-05-05 01:01:21 AM
images.wikia.com

Impressed...
 
2012-05-05 01:01:31 AM
My bet is that they did not realize that they were buying helium from a supporter of the head of the opposition party.
 
2012-05-05 01:02:28 AM
There's something about people fleeing an explosion that always gives me a case of the giggles.
 
2012-05-05 01:03:52 AM
the Prosperous Armenia party led by a wealthy former arm wrestling champion.

Arm wrestling as a prelude to politics? That's a new one.
 
2012-05-05 01:05:15 AM

Oznog: [images.wikia.com image 482x496]

Impressed...


No, Batman is in Turkey, not Armenia
 
2012-05-05 01:05:27 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-05 01:05:56 AM

fusillade762: the Prosperous Armenia party led by a wealthy former arm wrestling champion.

Arm wrestling as a prelude to politics? That's a new one.


It's only slightly more crazy than Minnesota politics
 
2012-05-05 01:07:55 AM
This is where Kardashians come from. They probably staged the explosions for attention.
 
2012-05-05 01:09:01 AM
IIRC helium is not that easy to get outside of the US or close trading partners of the US.

Other gasses that are more readily available wind up being used for balloons, and given the fire hazard, balloons aren't very popular.
 
2012-05-05 01:09:13 AM
And here's the video of it:

Link
 
2012-05-05 01:11:42 AM
Wanted for questioning:
www.tallarmeniantale.com


Reminds me of that song by They Might Be Giants Genocidal
"Why did Armenia get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks!"
 
2012-05-05 01:14:47 AM
Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history...
 
2012-05-05 01:14:56 AM

optikeye: Something isn't right there. While the fark headline says hydrogen. That is NOT a hydrogen 'fireball'. Flames from hydrogen are not that color. Unless something on the surface caught fire coloring the flame or it was a mix of gasses.

I say this because I used to know a guy that owned a firework, pyrotechnic company. Who did the exploding "Pigs" for Pink Floyd's "Animals" tour. And was talking about how much of a pain it was to make it happen so they'd "blow up real good" with visual fireball..basically a custom mix of Hydrogen, LP gas, and other gasses and powders on the surface...for color. But it wasn't just Hydrogen, as that burns without color, but gives lift.
When you see the flames on the news reels of Hindenburg, that's the coating that's burning, not the gas.


I also thought the fireball seemed rather "Hollywood"esque.

On a related note: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptiCFq5YK3Q&feature=youtube_gdata_playe r
 
2012-05-05 01:15:35 AM
Jesus Christ. That's pretty scary.
 
2012-05-05 01:16:44 AM
hydrogen is just not a funny as helium

fusillade762: the Prosperous Armenia party led by a wealthy former arm wrestling champion.

Arm wrestling as a prelude to politics? That's a new one.


It's over the top
 
2012-05-05 01:18:12 AM
That Sarkisian fireball was almost as impressive as the one the Husky defense had in the Alamo Bowl.
 
2012-05-05 01:21:18 AM
Their ambulances are called 'Reanimobiles'? Awesome.
 
2012-05-05 01:22:45 AM
Came for Archer, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-05-05 01:24:01 AM
An old friend of mine owned a welding/sheet metal shop. He had a regular customer ask him if he could get him some cylinders of hydrogen to fill ballons for a local political party because helium was too expensive. The party was for Democrats. My friend is a staunch Republican. He said he considered it for about a second before advising him of the danger.

He has told me many time he may have missed his chance to alter history.

The candidate you ask? W.J. Clinton. I don't think Mr. Clinton was actually supposed to show up.
 
2012-05-05 01:28:16 AM
Alright, the electricity thread was not enough apparently, and I ain't leaving disappointed.

At least they all had a blast
 
2012-05-05 01:29:47 AM
I must say that I was very surprised to read the story and find out that it was not about Glendale, Ca.
 
2012-05-05 01:31:21 AM

Captain Steroid: ecmoRandomNumbers: BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It would be sad, but the funny crushed the tragedy.

I want to know how in the HELL this happened. Confusing an inert gas that makes your voice sound like a chipmunk for a highly combustible one CAN'T be an accident. No one in Armenia is THAT stupid! :O


Now, why would you think they would be any smarter than people in America? Because they're not in America? The only reason it hasn't happened here--yet--is that no tank of hydrogen has made it to a party or political rally--yet.
 
2012-05-05 01:31:45 AM
"Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe."
--Frank Zappa

/I bought an occasional chair to go with my periodic table.
// --me
 
2012-05-05 01:33:07 AM

farkingismybusiness: That's the problem with Armenian rallies. Things can get hairy really quick.


t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-05-05 01:34:04 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It would be sad, but the funny crushed the tragedy.


My threshold for 'tragedy' is 'death'. Nobody died, so, bastard that I am, I have no trouble laughing at this, ESPECIALLY if it was really an accident rather than deliberate sabotage of some variety.

I do wish the victims a speedy recovery, however.
 
2012-05-05 01:36:54 AM

LordJiro: I do wish the victims a speedy recovery, however.


Pretty bold stance there.
 
2012-05-05 01:37:25 AM

LordJiro: ecmoRandomNumbers: BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It would be sad, but the funny crushed the tragedy.

My threshold for 'tragedy' is 'death'. Nobody died, so, bastard that I am, I have no trouble laughing at this, ESPECIALLY if it was really an accident rather than deliberate sabotage of some variety.

I do wish the victims a speedy recovery, however.


Wanna laugh a little more watch the video with the woman running around with her back on fire.
 
2012-05-05 01:37:32 AM

JaaVaa: optikeye: Something isn't right there. While the fark headline says hydrogen. That is NOT a hydrogen 'fireball'. Flames from hydrogen are not that color. Unless something on the surface caught fire coloring the flame or it was a mix of gasses.

I say this because I used to know a guy that owned a firework, pyrotechnic company. Who did the exploding "Pigs" for Pink Floyd's "Animals" tour. And was talking about how much of a pain it was to make it happen so they'd "blow up real good" with visual fireball..basically a custom mix of Hydrogen, LP gas, and other gasses and powders on the surface...for color. But it wasn't just Hydrogen, as that burns without color, but gives lift.
When you see the flames on the news reels of Hindenburg, that's the coating that's burning, not the gas.

I also thought the fireball seemed rather "Hollywood"esque.

On a related note: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptiCFq5YK3Q&feature=youtube_gdata_playe r


Funny, to me it looks EXACTLY LIKE EVERY DEMONSTRATION OF A HYDROGEN BALLON EXPLODING:
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Burns without color you say? And you're basing that on, what, the fact that you just said it?

IF your balloon is a sturdy envelope, it will breach at one point and there will be a flame front there as hydrogen mixes with air to become combustible, and flame out like a torch.

But a thin latex balloon does something different. As soon as any portion breaches, the envelope disintegrates almost instantly, and the entire surface of the boundaries in all directions starts to mix with air in all directions. However, the initial point of ignition causes pretty violent turbidity to mix the entire volume with air very very quickly, so you get a fireball and a low-impulse explosive bang.
 
2012-05-05 01:40:50 AM

optikeye: Something isn't right there. While the fark headline says hydrogen. That is NOT a hydrogen 'fireball'. Flames from hydrogen are not that color. Unless something on the surface caught fire coloring the flame or it was a mix of gasses.

I say this because I used to know a guy that owned a firework, pyrotechnic company. Who did the exploding "Pigs" for Pink Floyd's "Animals" tour. And was talking about how much of a pain it was to make it happen so they'd "blow up real good" with visual fireball..basically a custom mix of Hydrogen, LP gas, and other gasses and powders on the surface...for color. But it wasn't just Hydrogen, as that burns without color, but gives lift.
When you see the flames on the news reels of Hindenburg, that's the coating that's burning, not the gas.


I thought that as well, but if you watch the video, it was literally thousands of balloons, so we could be watching rubber combustion in addition to the hydrogen burning.

Then again, maybe they used natural gas and no one wants to admit to it. It can't be propane, because that's heavier than air.
 
2012-05-05 01:41:22 AM
Hydrogen?


fc04.deviantart.net
 
2012-05-05 01:41:52 AM
Let us pray for all the victims and wish them a quick recovery," he said in a statement.
Yeah. That'll farking help.

/Ooh, yeah! I went there, Christers!
 
2012-05-05 01:46:46 AM
There's this thing known as "balloon gas" that has some percentage of helium, but who-the-heck-knows what else is in there, It's sort of the "pot-metal" of gas."

Would not surprise me at all if it were explosive.

Come to think of it, most helium comes from natural gas wells, so...
 
2012-05-05 01:47:23 AM

Mentalpatient87: Came for Archer, leaving satisfied.


Dang, I haven't seen that episode yet.

/fairly behind right now.
 
2012-05-05 01:53:11 AM
Sounds like something the Joker would do.

/need to summon the goddamn Armenian Batman
 
2012-05-05 01:53:24 AM

phrenicmonkey: Let us pray for all the victims and wish them a quick recovery," he said in a statement.
Yeah. That'll farking help.

/Ooh, yeah! I went there, Christers!


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Dammit phrenicmonkey!
 
2012-05-05 01:53:47 AM
My balloons never have this problem as I fill them with sulfur hexafluoride.
 
2012-05-05 01:56:24 AM
NOT COOL!

Although I do see the humor.

/Armenian

//Ashamed...
 
2012-05-05 01:58:46 AM
OznogFunny, to me it looks EXACTLY LIKE EVERY DEMONSTRATION OF A HYDROGEN BALLON EXPLODING

You get a show flame like that from slow combustion. If the hydrogen is stoichiometricly mixed with oxygen you get a flash and a bang but no fancy flamey effect:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoRggmnvBJU

Maybe that's what his friend was doing? If you need a really loud bang then you pretty well have to do it that way.
 
2012-05-05 02:00:09 AM
It was not immediately clear what caused the explosions although police said they were looking into various potential reasons including the "improper storage of flammable substances".

LOL.

Seriously, it doesn't matter whether it was hydrogen or something else. This was either a major farkup or a mission accomplished.
 
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