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How to fill 40 water balloons all at once, for an awesome water balloon battle

“Filling up 40 balloons automatically makes for a much faster balloon fight.”

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Watch this curious and surprising Hot Air Balloon PSA

You'll want to turn up the volume for this one. "Take time to talk to a balloon today."

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Smells like freedom

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Photo by Jenn Shreve snapped at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation. (Thanks Koshi for the headline!)

Ira Glass makes balloon animals

As a young'n, This American Life's Ira Glass performed magic and made balloon animals at children's birthday parties. You can watch his mad balloon skills in this Rookie Sunday Video during which he also discusses other more pressing, adult matters. To learn the fine art of balloon animal creation, Ira suggests "Roger's Rubber Ark: One Ballon Zoo" (1971).

Father and son send toy train into the stratosphere

Maker dad Ron Fugelseth and his 4-year-old son sent the boy's favorite toy train eighteen miles up into the stratosphere aboard a weather balloon outfitted with an HD camera and salvaged cell phone for GPS. Then he made this lovely video. (Thanks, Kelly Sparks!)