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The balloon is a great product for people of all ages and a very interesting invention.

It makes both adults and kids feel better and gives off a happy vibe.

Balloons are now an essential part of any party. They are now an important part of any party or fun activity.

Kids, have fun reading these balloon facts.

Balloon Facts 1-13

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1. Before people made toy balloons, they blew up pig bladders and animal intestines.

2. In the 1970s, silver balloons made of metal were made for the New York City Ballet.

3. On August 27, 1783, Professor Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers launched the first hydrogen-filled gas balloon ever made.

4. The first flight of a person on record was in a hot air balloon. The Montgolfier brothers made it, and it took off on November 21, 1783.

5. Around the year 220 AD, the ancient Chinese made lanterns so that they could send messages during military operations.

At the bottom of these lanterns was a small hole where a small fire was lit.

The fire’s smoke helped the lantern get off the ground and float in the air. These were the first balloons ever made.

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6. Michael Faraday, a scientist, was the first person to find out how to make a rubber balloon.

During one of his experiments, Faraday made rubber bags and filled them with gas to study them.

Two round rubber sheets were put together to make the bags. The sheets stuck together because the edges were pressed together.

He then put flour inside the rubber bag to keep the pieces from sticking together.

7. When he put gas into the bag, he saw that it became stretchy and started to grow.

As it grew, it became clear and started to rise into the air. A year later, toy balloons were made just like they are now.

8. The idea of rubber balloons, on the other hand, was not new. They were small versions of the big hot air balloons that scientist Pilatre De Rosier launched for the first time in 1783.

Because these balloons were so big, people could ride in them. But it was a surprise that the first people to ride on it were not people, but a sheep, a duck, and a rooster!

The balloon was in the air for 15 minutes before it crashed.

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9. After two months, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier tried to take people up in their balloon.

From Paris, the balloon took off and flew for 20 minutes without crashing. This is how hot air ballooning got started.

10. After two years, Jean Pierre Blancher and John Jefferies were the first people to fly across the English Channel in a balloon.

It was a big step and a turning point in balloon history.

11. You can also fight with balloons. Both De Grandpre and Le Pique were in hot air balloons when they had a fight over a girl.

Le Pique’s balloon was shot, and when it crashed, he died.

12. Wars were fought with balloons! Napoleon used observation balloons in his battles, and the military used them in World War I to keep an eye on the opposing forces and keep track of them.

13. When balloons were found, it was a huge step forward for science. Even on other planets, helium balloons have been used.

In 1985, the Russian Space Investigation used helium balloons to send instruments to Venus that measured the atmosphere.

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14. When a balloon pops, it makes a “pop” sound because the air in the balloon is under more pressure than the air around it.

When the balloon pops, the air inside gets a chance to rush out at a fast rate, making a BANG! sound wave.

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15. Even though the environment is being destroyed at a fast rate, it’s good to know that latex or rubber balloons break down over time. People say that the latex breaks down in 6 months to a year. 

16. Latex balloons are made from the sap of the rubber tree, which keeps coming out.

The latex is taken from the bark of a tree and then used. The tree is not hurt when the latex is taken from it. It is just like picking fruit.

17. When the burner is on, an air balloon can make a lot of noise.

But when the burner is turned off, the balloon moves in the direction of the wind. Since there is no wind noise, it is very quiet and smooth.

18. In medicine, balloons are also used. In a surgery called angioplasty, tiny balloons are put into a blood vessel that is blocked.

After the balloon is put in place, it is inflated to break up the plaque and stretch the vessel wall.

19. Cane or rattan are woven together to make hot air balloons, and plywood is used to make the floors.

The light weight of these materials makes the balloon easy to move.

20. When it rains, hot air balloons can’t fly. The rainwater collects at the top, which cools the balloon and causes it to use more fuel.

Also, when it rains, the extra weight of the water makes it harder to control the balloon, which makes it a little risky.

21. Thomas Hancock, who was the first person to make rubber, made the first toy balloons.

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They were sold as do-it-yourself kits with a bottle of rubber solution and a syringe for concentrating the solution.

Imagine if we sent balloons in a do-it-yourself kit today.

22. In 1847, the first latex balloons were made in London.

23. In the 1970s, foil balloons came out, but they were a bit pricey because they kept the gas inside for longer.

24. Latex balloons can go up more than 5 km in the air and break down naturally.

25. Nearly a billion latex balloons are made every year by companies that make them.

26. Since they were first found, balloons have been a great help to science.

They were used to test different kinds of gases and figure out what made them work.

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