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Sending A Letter Via Helium Balloon?  
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

Hey guys,

Went out to my favorite Indian restaurant here in OKC to pick up dinner and the guy on the radio was talking about when he was a kid, they tied their information, address, phone number, etc., to a helium balloon at school, and let them go.

When I was younger, about 3rd grade, we did this experiment with my class. Most of us didn't hear back from anyone, however, one girl was lucky to hear back from someone all the way from Vermont. (We were in Oklahoma City).

While I know today environmentalists would have a shit fit about this, it was pretty cool to see all those balloons take off with our little post cards tied to a string with our info on it, hoping that someone would find it along the way. There were others who got replies, but from what I can remember, Vermont was the record breaker for distance traveled.

Did you guys ever do anything like that when you were a kid?

I think it's a neat idea.

UAL

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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4615 times:

Hydrogen in a double-thickness latex balloon or a double-sealed mylar balloon works best. Especially when Cletus, Jacques, or Rory tries to pop it with his cigarette. That'sthe science teacher in me talking.

Actually, I found a card attached to a flat-deflated latex balloon once. It came from a 2nd grade girl from Vancouver, BC. I sent her a bunch of "This is Wisconsin" stuff... photos, a map, and a letter written by a 2nd grade girl from here. I also sent a $1, $2, and $5 bill. That was in 1991.

[Edited 2008-01-14 17:46:21]

User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

I've not heard too many stories about balloons, but I have heard of a few people who have dropped messages in bottles from ships and had replies. I don't imagine the environmentalists get too chufed about that either...


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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

How high and far can these balloons really travel? I know they were pretty much just regular party-type balloons.

UAL


User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4603 times:



Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 2):
I've not heard too many stories about balloons, but I have heard of a few people who have dropped messages in bottles from ships and had replies. I don't imagine the environmentalists get too chufed about that either...

What issue would an environmentalist have with throwing a glass bottle into the ocean. Environmentalists are concerned with dumping thousands of gallons of toxing waste into the sea (as well all should be), I think they couldn't care less about a harmless glass bottle.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4601 times:



Quoting UAL747 (Reply 3):
How high and far can these balloons really travel?

I know it's in the Guinness Book of World Records


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4591 times:



Quoting Rara (Reply 4):
What issue would an environmentalist have with throwing a glass bottle into the ocean.

Garbage dumping....



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User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4589 times:

We did the balloon thing in grade school in Chicago. The farthest anyone in my class made it though was to Glennview Naval Air Station which was only about 30 miles from where we were. I still remember it because some guy named Sgt. Rambo found it and wrote to the kid.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3621 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4583 times:



Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 2):
I've not heard too many stories about balloons, but I have heard of a few people who have dropped messages in bottles from ships and had replies.

There are three bottles floating around the oceans with my contact info on it. Two in the Caribbean and one in the Med. Let me know if you find them.


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4576 times:

Well, if the Gulf Stream works in your favor....it may very well end up on a beach here.....I'll give you a call if that happens....


'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4542 times:

How easy would it be to cheat on the record here? Hell, I could go to Missouri, put my address on it, and let it float away. Then if it landed somewhere in Texas, well shit, that would be a record right there if my address was in Illinois. Who would know?

User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4534 times:



Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
the guy on the radio was talking about when he was a kid, they tied their information, address, phone number, etc., to a helium balloon at school, and let them go.

When I was in 7th grade in 1985, in Oregon City, Oregon (20 miles south of PDX), a student a year older than I was died in an accidental shooting. Anyway, the school came up with "Friendship Day" and we sent off about 500+ balloons all at once on that day. It had a card on it with our name, school name, and address. Assuming the balloons were able to get high enough to clear the Cascades and around Mt. Hood, most of them made it to Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, maybe Idaho, and one I know one got as far as Montana. So about 500-700 miles away, and followed the jet stream. I think the record might have been Iowa, but I'm not 100% sure on that.

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
While I know today environmentalists would have a shit fit about this

WHY? Does that much helium melt glaciers or something? Ugghhh....


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4523 times:

I used to use a Hydrogen baloon & attach the string to a plastic cup.
I filled the cup with pebbles that the weight was balanced by the Baloon.
So the Baloon floated at a fixed Altitude.
It was Fun.

regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8452 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4509 times:
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Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
environmentalists would have a shit fit about this

That sounds like the best reason to do it!



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
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Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 6):
Garbage dumping....

Technically, the bottle is dumped to be found, so it's not garbage, it's a message carrier  Smile

Quoting Andz (Reply 13):

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
environmentalists would have a shit fit about this

That sounds like the best reason to do it!

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8706 posts, RR: 43
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4486 times:



Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
While I know today environmentalists would have a shit fit about this

Pardon? AFAIK, I am very "green" by a.net standards and the only thing bugging me is your assumption that I would somehow have to have a problem with elementary school kids sending up one little balloon each, filled with an inert gas that's found in our atmosphere.

Sorry, but most "greenies" are not out to spoil every little bit of fun that people have. Those who think we all need to leave our homes and head for the forest are a very small and very odd minority.

Quoting Rara (Reply 4):
Environmentalists are concerned with dumping thousands of gallons of toxing waste into the sea (as well all should be), I think they couldn't care less about a harmless glass bottle.

 checkmark  Throw your messenger bottle in the ocean for all I care, with any bad luck it will be coated in tank residue from "M/V Exxon/Saudi Aramco/Shell XYZ" soon so that no one will be able to recognise it anyway.



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User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4468 times:



Quoting Aloges (Reply 15):
Quoting Rara (Reply 4):
Environmentalists are concerned with dumping thousands of gallons of toxing waste into the sea (as well all should be), I think they couldn't care less about a harmless glass bottle.

checkmark Throw your messenger bottle in the ocean for all I care, with any bad luck it will be coated in tank residue from "M/V Exxon/Saudi Aramco/Shell XYZ" soon so that no one will be able to recognise it anyway.

Well, there IS a massive pile of plastic floating around in the Pacific, supposedly the size of Texas. In fact, they (experts) believe most of it is coming from land sources such as trash left on beaches.

(Yes, I know we are talking about a bottle, not plastic, but it's all trash.)


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...006/nov/06/internationalnews.waste


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4419 times:



Quoting 767Lover (Reply 16):
ell, there IS a massive pile of plastic floating around in the Pacific, supposedly the size of Texas. In fact, they (experts) believe most of it is coming from land sources such as trash left on beaches.

I heard it was made from condoms....

UAL


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4416 times:

Stupid Greenpeace zealots...

Steve Smith, aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, said: "Plastics in the oceans act as a toxic sponge, soaking up a lot of the persistent pollutants out here. We've seen photos of albatrosses who eat this plastic ... Even though their stomachs are filled, they end up starving because there's no nutrients in there."

Birds don't have stomachs.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8706 posts, RR: 43
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4393 times:



Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 18):
Birds don't have stomachs.

OK, so it's called a gizzard and is much more muscular than the stomach of a mammal: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9036945/gizzard I'd excuse that bit of sloppiness on his part. But then again, I don't agree with your blanket endearment "stupid Greenpeace zealots".  Wink



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4387 times:



Quoting Aloges (Reply 19):
But then again, I don't agree with your blanket endearment "stupid Greenpeace zealots".

OK. Stupid PETA zealots, then. Happy?


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8706 posts, RR: 43
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4355 times:



Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 20):
OK. Stupid PETA zealots, then. Happy?

 rotfl  Ooooooh yes!  bigthumbsup 



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
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