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Balloon Mayhem

Balloon Mayhem

Perhaps it’s some deep-seated childhood disappointment, but there’s something about the sound of balloons popping that sets us on edge. But that’s all you’re gonna get in this video from performance artist Jan Hakon Erichsen, as he uses a variety of knife rigs to shamelessly destroy a bunch of the party inflatables.

Squeakee Balloon Dog Robot

Squeakee Balloon Dog Robot

Moose Toys turned up at the 2020 New York Toy Fair with Squeakee, a robotic dog that looks just like a shiny balloon animal. It responds to basic commands and touch, and you can even “pop” it with a pin. While it’s certainly not as sophisticated as Sony’s Aibo, this toy is sure to be a big hit with its quirky character – and its $60 price tag.

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Ghostbusters Halloween Display

Ghostbusters Halloween Display

Located in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, Angelo’s II restaurant likes to celebrate the holidays in an epic fashion. For Halloween 2019, they decorated the exterior of their building with an inflatable Stay-Puft marshmallow man emerging from the roof, and giant kraken tentacles bursting from its windows. Video by Mon Valley Drone.

Parkour vs. Hot Air Balloons

Parkour vs. Hot Air Balloons

The athletes of STORROR offer up one of the coolest parkour settings we’ve seen, as a team of acrobats run and jump among the rocky formations of Cappadocia, Turkey while numerous hot air balloons float in the distance and overhead. That bit in the ancient building was bonkers. Go behind the scenes of the journey here.

Inside a Giant Water Balloon

Inside a Giant Water Balloon

The Slow Mo Guys have a history of goofing around with giant water-filled balloons. This time out, Dan managed to squeeze himself inside one with a snorkel on, and Gav captured a view from inside using a waterproof probe lens. The footage isn’t the best they’ve shot, but it’s worth watching for the sheer ridiculousness.

Balloon Boom

Balloon Boom

A crew working in Long Beach, California stumbled onto a couple of mylar balloons entwined in the power lines. Before the lines could be shut off, they caused a spectacular short circuit, blowing up a transformer, and knocking out the neighborhood’s power.

Submerged in a Water Balloon

Submerged in a Water Balloon

The Slow Mo Guys follow up an earlier video in which Dan managed to get everything but his head inside a giant water balloon. This time, he managed to get all the way inside of it before popping it in front of their high speed Phantom Flex 4K camera at 1000 fps.

Life-sized Balloon T-rex

Life-sized Balloon T-rex

Balloon artist Mark Verge aka Jungle Jack shows Coolest Thing his masterpiece: a 12ft-tall and 43-ft long balloon T-rex. Mark usually spends around 40 hours and nearly 700 balloons to make the piece, which lasts only about 2 days at a time.

Riding a Mega Swing

Riding a Mega Swing

Hanging in the basket of a hot air balloon can be quite a thrill. Hanging 400 feet beneath the basket of a hot air balloon, 6000 feet off the ground like these guys from the Red Bull Skydive team is just insane. Awe-inspiring, but still insane.

Balloon Taj Mahal

Balloon Taj Mahal

For a recent display at Lehi, Utah’s Thanksgiving Point, the talented artists of Balloon Guy Entertainment created this impressive inflatable replica of India’s Taj Mahal, using their balloon animal techniques on a grand scale.

Boom Balloons

Boom Balloons

The King of Random is back with another fun, yet dangerous video, as he fills party balloons with extremely flammable, lighter-than-air HHO gas, lights them with a fuse, and sends them airborne. Suffice it to say, this is not FAA approved.

Self-sealing Water Balloons

Self-sealing Water Balloons

Zorbz water balloons have a sealant stored in a capsule in their neck. Just pinch then stretch the neck when you’ve filled the balloon to pop the capsule and seal the tip. The seal lasts for only about 20 minutes, so let ‘er rip ASAP.

Underground Hot Air Balloon

Underground Hot Air Balloon

70-year-old daredevil Ivan Trifonov recently flew his hot air balloon down into the Earth and inside Croatia’s Mamet Cave. While it’s not actually the first time that someone has flown a balloon in a cave, it’s still an impressive feat.

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99 Red Balloons on Balloons

99 Red Balloons on Balloons

Musician Andrew Huang decided to play a rendition of the 1980s new wave hit 99 Red Balloons using nothing but actual red balloons – and a ton of editing. We’re not sure if these are the German or the English lyrics though.

Bunch O Balloons

Bunch O Balloons

Josh Malone is declaring war on summer. His invention lets you fill 100 small balloons with water in less than a minute. Sadly, Bunch O Balloons’ straws are one time use only, although they are made of recyclable plastic.

Iron Man Balloon Man

Iron Man Balloon Man

Balloon sculptor and humanitarian Jeff Wright created this epic Iron Man suit in just under 10 minutes. Oh, did we mention that he wears it at the end? Of course all The Mandarin needs to do is bring a pin and it’s game over.

SkyBalls

SkyBalls

To raise awareness about testicular cancer, the nonprofit organization Male Cancer Awareness Campaign hopes to raise about $150,000 to build the world’s largest – and only – flying scrotum. It’s an immature stunt for a good cause.

Balloon Dinosaur Sculpture

Balloon Dinosaur Sculpture

Watch the Airigami team assemble one of their latest creations at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. It’s a 20-foot balloon acrocanthosaurus, accompanied by balloon plants and insects. More photos here.

Laser vs. 100 Baloons

Laser vs. 100 Baloons

What happens when you point a custom-made 500 milliwatt Blu-ray laser beam at a line of 100 black balloons? This, my friends, this. It takes the powerful laser just eight seconds to sear through every single one of the balloons.

Inflatable Superman

Inflatable Superman

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a guy with a vacuum cleaner! The title says it all, as this guy blows himself up inside of his inflatable Superman costume. His archenemy must be named Pinhead. Animated .gif here.

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Laser Balloon Targeting

Laser Balloon Targeting

Laser beams can be fun (and a little dangerous), as is demonstrated by this setup in which a number of balloons are sequentially targeted by lasers and eventually blown to smithereens.

Inflatable Stonehenge

Inflatable Stonehenge

While it’s not as mysterious as the actual Stonehenge, you can safely bounce off the rocks in this 1:1 interactive sculpture from Jeremy Deller, on display at Glasgow’s Int’l Festival of Visual Arts.

Full-Size Flying Cars

Full-Size Flying Cars

Just a little larger than the flying DeLorean, Gear Factor’s 1:1 scale R/C flying cars are made using lightweight foam and helium to lift them from the ground. Just don’t try and sit in one.

The Edible Helium Balloon

The Edible Helium Balloon

Chefs at Chicago’s famous Alinea restaurant continue to innovate and stupefy at the dinner table, with their latest creation – an edible green apple balloon – filled with helium you can inhale.

Passing Cloud

Passing Cloud

Wouldn’t it be nice to just drift with the clouds? Tiago Barros proposes just that with this more laid-back approach to travel that involves wayfaring onboard a huge cloud-shaped balloon.

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