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How Many Balloons to Lift a Child

Ever Wondered How Many Balloons?

Tying a balloon onto your child's wrist at a birthday party hardly gives a parent reason to fret. But one geek dad decided it would be fun to figure out just how many He (Helium for us lay persons) filled balloons it would take to lift his child into flight. Basing his calculations, the daddy figured he needed 1,143 helium injected balloons to hoist a clothed 30 pound 2-year-old boy.

Next time you're at a kiddie soirée ask your fellow partygoers, "How many balloons do you think it would take to get Johnny off the ground?"

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chipjimi chipjimi 9 years
I was just thinking the same thing (Mythbusters). I think it took them over 3,500 balloons to lift that 3 or 4 year old kid. So I am thinking 1,143 won't be enough for a 30 lb 2 year old. I wonder if they also factored in the weight of the chair or whatever they are strapping the kid with to the balloons.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I would LOVE to be the one who got to test this and float but I'd need a lot more than an average 2-year-old. *lol*
litbear221 litbear221 9 years
They did something like this on MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. They had a little girl to test it on. They had done all of the calculations to see how many balloons they would need, but brought along extras just in case. They ended up needing i think almost double the balloons they had actually calculated!
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