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The party's over: peak oil has distracted us from peak helium!

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    http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2007/09/26/helium-shortage.html
     
  2. jcsd
  3. I suggest they start using hydrogen in ballons. :rofl:
     
  4. wolram

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    Fill the baloons at some political venue, they will rocket skyward.
     
  5. Moonbear

    Moonbear 12,266
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    Well, that does it. Time to ration the helium. No more MRIs, and you silly physicists and your magnets will just have to be put on a waiting list. Party balloons are FAR too important to waste helium on all those other nonessential things. :biggrin:
     
  6. D H

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    Shortly after helium was first discovered, various political advisors investigated the suitability of helium as a campaign device. The obvious change in voice quality militated against making the switch from hot air. (The squeaky voice is a dead giveaway the politician is full of it.) Hot air rather than helium remains the politicians' stock device to this day.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2007
  7. Moonbear

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    :rofl:
     
  8. G01

    G01 2,687
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    Wasn't there some reason we decided not to do this?? Something with a Hindelbrag........Hindenbog........:confused:
     
  9. I'm afraid I might have had something to do with this. When I get a helium balloon, I can't resist breathing in the gas to make my voice high-pitched. Sorry for any trouble I may have caused.
     
  10. Gokul43201

    Gokul43201 11,141
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    We're now paying about double (for liquid helium) what we used to pay a couple years ago. We're also paying about 40% more for our 99.999% purity gas and nearly double for 99.9% purity gas.
     
  11. Evo

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    There goes the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. :frown:
     
  12. I don't care if the Hindenburg went down because of it! That would cause celebration for pyromaniacs worldwide! INCLUDING ME!
     
  13. Then we can revert to using flaming arrows for warfare, like in the good old days.
     
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