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

  1. Sep 26, 2007 #1
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    http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2007/09/26/helium-shortage.html
     
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    I suggest they start using hydrogen in ballons. :rofl:
     
  4. Sep 26, 2007 #3

    wolram

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    Fill the baloons at some political venue, they will rocket skyward.
     
  5. Sep 26, 2007 #4

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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. Sep 26, 2007 #5

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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.
     
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  7. Sep 26, 2007 #6

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    :rofl:
     
  8. Sep 27, 2007 #7

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    Wasn't there some reason we decided not to do this?? Something with a Hindelbrag........Hindenbog........:confused:
     
  9. Sep 27, 2007 #8
    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. Sep 27, 2007 #9

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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. Sep 27, 2007 #10

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    There goes the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. :frown:
     
  12. Sep 27, 2007 #11
    I don't care if the Hindenburg went down because of it! That would cause celebration for pyromaniacs worldwide! INCLUDING ME!
     
  13. Sep 27, 2007 #12
    Then we can revert to using flaming arrows for warfare, like in the good old days.
     
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