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(WYMT Hazard)   Ever wonder where those released balloons end up? They do not disappear or biodegrade   ( wkyt.com) divider line
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2018-05-16 10:46:49 AM  
I was told they go to Heaven because Heaven is up.  But I never did verify.
 
2018-05-16 11:35:05 AM  
Kid had a mylar one get away a few weeks ago it's companion is still going strong here so I'm going with Europe, maybe
 
2018-05-16 12:10:42 PM  
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2018-05-16 12:52:21 PM  
When I was in 3rd grade our school Arbor Day celebration included a balloon launch. Even as a child I thought it was funny.
 
2018-05-16 12:52:37 PM  
I *think* this is English.

"A balloon had gotten somehow entwined in his mane, and he had spooked and freaked out with it in his mane of course because I'm sure it was flapping around and gone through a fence," Brogden said.
 
2018-05-16 12:54:03 PM  
PSA: Horses are dumb
 
2018-05-16 12:54:27 PM  
But it's pretty and I don't care.
 
2018-05-16 12:55:05 PM  
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2018-05-16 12:56:55 PM  
A balloon had gotten somehow entwined in his mane, and he had spooked and freaked out

So it's like when a cat gets its head stuck through the handle of a plastic grocery bag?
 
2018-05-16 12:56:59 PM  
I was told there would only be 99.
 
2018-05-16 12:58:06 PM  
Wind dirction would take it to Maine.
 
2018-05-16 12:58:55 PM  

maxandgrinch: [img.fark.net image 850x389]


Here I am at a fundraiser for a person who was accidentally shot.
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2018-05-16 01:00:36 PM  
Oh for f*ck sake...everyone knows the balloons are supposed to come *after* you blow out the candles...

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2018-05-16 01:00:40 PM  
That's why I only release doves - the're biodegradable and good for the local hawk population
 
2018-05-16 01:02:00 PM  
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2018-05-16 01:02:16 PM  
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These are big hit out in dry country.
 
OOF
2018-05-16 01:04:07 PM  
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2018-05-16 01:05:19 PM  

Kegovitch: I was told there would only be 99.


They meant to have 100, but one got luft out.
 
2018-05-16 01:06:23 PM  
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2018-05-16 01:06:36 PM  
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2018-05-16 01:07:00 PM  
About 2000 miles off the coast of Southern CA?
 
2018-05-16 01:07:23 PM  

poorjon: That's why I only release doves - the're biodegradable and good for the local hawk population


Just make sure you return them from whence they came.

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2018-05-16 01:08:00 PM  
Silicon Balloon Heaven?
 
2018-05-16 01:09:31 PM  
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2018-05-16 01:09:51 PM  

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Entered the thread to post this.
 
2018-05-16 01:12:21 PM  
They all go to that one horse? That's so odd. And sad for that horse.
 
2018-05-16 01:13:42 PM  
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2018-05-16 01:13:48 PM  
I skip the wait and just throw plastic water bottles out of my car window to celebrate or mourn.
 
2018-05-16 01:14:08 PM  
"a million to one shot, doc"
be happy that it was the front of the horse...you might have some 'splaining to do
 
2018-05-16 01:14:24 PM  
Somewhere in the ocean a dolphin went without a meal because the selfish horse kept the balloon.
 
2018-05-16 01:19:38 PM  

Mattbastard: PSA: Horses are dumb


HORSE PLAYING WITH CHICKEN TOY
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2018-05-16 01:20:11 PM  

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These are big hit out in dry country.


As silly as releasing buring garbage into the air is, Loi Kratong in Chaing Mai is a celebration worth taking in.
 
2018-05-16 01:22:21 PM  

SumoJeb: EyeHaveRisen: [img.fark.net image 850x850]

These are big hit out in dry country.

As silly as releasing buring garbage into the air is, Loi Kratong in Chaing Mai is a celebration worth taking in.


I thought Loi Kratong was that martial art too violent for the MMA.
 
2018-05-16 01:25:21 PM  

Mattbastard: PSA: Horses are dumb


They get depressed, too.  When I was about 11, my parents bought a pony and left it tied up in a field that was right next to a stream with a steep embankment.  Sure enough, the horse, seeing the opportunity and evaluating its situation in life, hung itself.
 
2018-05-16 01:25:23 PM  
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2018-05-16 01:30:39 PM  
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2018-05-16 01:30:54 PM  

sno man: Kid had a mylar one get away a few weeks ago it's companion is still going strong here so I'm going with Europe, maybe


I'd believe Mylar can cross the Atlantic.  Back in the 1970s we released balloons due north of Baltimore and at least one made it to Europe (or possibly the card was mailed to friends/family in England or Ireland).  This was the old fashioned "rubber" type that lasted for days, the mylar balloons lasted for weeks.
/I think they stopped releasing them while I was still in school
//first year we did it (well, for me) "up, up and away in my beautiful balloon" was popular and played when we released them
///yes, I am that old.  Now get off my lawn.
 
2018-05-16 01:33:14 PM  
Just wait until someone's eye gets poked out.
 
2018-05-16 01:33:56 PM  

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Man, Omarion sure seems... Pale.
 
2018-05-16 01:41:32 PM  
I've found at least two in the middle of Shenandoah National Park. Just out in the middle of nowhere. Both were red, but neither were attached to a clown.
 
2018-05-16 01:47:46 PM  

Mattbastard: PSA: Horses are dumb


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2018-05-16 02:04:19 PM  

poorjon: That's why I only release doves - the're biodegradable and good for the local hawk population


Dead peace dove during a russian ceremony
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2018-05-16 02:12:15 PM  
I camp and drive through the desert east of San Diego frequently and I've never failed to return home without at least one farming balloon.

Every.Single.Time
 
2018-05-16 02:12:58 PM  
I thought they were re-used as condoms by frugal wood elves.
 
2018-05-16 02:14:57 PM  
The latex balloons do biodegrade, usually between 6 to 36 mos.  The mylar ones don't.

Either way,  some animals try to eat them and can die from it. So, best to avoid releasing them.
 
2018-05-16 02:15:07 PM  

zang: Mattbastard: PSA: Horses are dumb

They get depressed, too.  When I was about 11, my parents bought a pony and left it tied up in a field that was right next to a stream with a steep embankment.  Sure enough, the horse, seeing the opportunity and evaluating its situation in life, hung itself.


I'll never hear "hung like a horse" the same way again.
 
2018-05-16 02:25:12 PM  

sno man: Kid had a mylar one get away a few weeks ago it's companion is still going strong here so I'm going with Europe, maybe


Aluminized Mylar will show up on various radars, it is what radar jamming chaff is made from.

I used to live near now defunct Pease AFB in NH. When the wind was right and my kids had birthdays, I'd launch a few in hopes they'd go over the base and radar troll them.
 
2018-05-16 02:34:06 PM  

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These are big hit out in dry country.


I've got this really funny story about those things.  But I can't share it for fear of prosecution.  Let's just say don't mess with them during the dry months.
 
2018-05-16 02:49:08 PM  
Assuming we mean the rubber ones, I always figured they ascended until they burst from the lower outside pressure and then fell down like...well...an uninflated balloon.

My scientific basis for this? Buy a bag of Fritos in Vancouver (sea level) and see what it looks like when you get to Calgary (4,000 feet).
 
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