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Bursting the Most Water Balloons with a Single Arrow

Bursting the Most Water Balloons with a Single Arrow

World records are broken every day, thanks in no small part to the internet. Drew Builds Stuff and his brother Adam wanted to join the world record club and settled on an archery challenge. The goal: break the record of 38 water balloons burst with a single arrow while following the precise Guinness World Record rules.

Dropping a Paper Airplane from Space

Dropping a Paper Airplane from Space

Zealous and his pals set out to break the record for the highest paper airplane drop. So they engineered a plane that could handle the weight of a camera and a GPS module, launched it to the edge of space on a balloon, and waited for it to fall back to earth. Naturally, it was much more complicated than they thought it would be.

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Laser Pops Balloons

Laser Pops Balloons

When it comes to showing the power of small lasers, popping black balloons is one of the most effective demonstrations. With the right kind of reflector system, laser beams can be guided to hit precise targets, so they can pop numerous balloons in sequence like in this satisfying short video using a Wicked Lasers LaserCube.

Farming with Balloons

Farming with Balloons

Farming is a tricky business. When growing a crop like rice, it’s not easy to access the plants to apply nutrients or pesticides. This clever farmer uses a set of large balloons to suspend spray pipes over the plants, minimizing damage and keeping vehicles from getting stuck in the marsh.

Balloon Dog Shirts

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We’ve long been fans of artist Glenn Jones’ cheeky illustrations. Here, he envisions a world in which Snoopy and Woodstock are balloon animals. Even their doghouse is inflatable. The playful image is available on various shirts, including tees, tanks, sweatshirts, and hoodies. Now we want to see the rest of the balloon Peanuts.

Giant Balloon Sandwich

Giant Balloon Sandwich

Over the years, Gav and Dan from The Slow Mo Guys have produced a number of videos which involve doing silly things with giant water balloons. This time, they sandwiched Dan between two of the heavy balloons and then popped them to capture a new perspective on the water-soaked action.

Balloon Pop Races

Balloon Pop Races

In keeping with their name, the guys from How Ridiculous set up a series of fun and challenging obstacle courses, loaded them with balloons, then competed to see who could pop the most while running, tossing darts, driving go-karts, riding on electric skateboards, and piloting R/C cars.

Popping Giant Balloons

Popping Giant Balloons

You’d think a battle between balloons and darts would have an obvious winner. But when you line up a bunch of giant balloons in a row, the dart eventually runs out of energy. How Ridiculous put this to the test – but they first tried popping them with everything from a marshmallow to a volleyball.

How Balloons Are Made

How Balloons Are Made

It doesn’t seem like something that would be particularly complicated to make, but as How It’s Made shows us, creating party balloons requires lots of industrial equipment, including electrically-charged vats of liquid latex, balloon-shaped molds, and spinning brushes to create the openings we blow into.

World’s Largest Balloon-O-Saur

World’s Largest Balloon-O-Saur

As part of a balloon animal kingdom, a multi-national team of 34 artists and students from the Netherlands, Turkey, and Spain created this giant sculpture of a dinosaur from 150,000 biodegradable balloons. The 64-foot-long creature was on display in Istanbul in November 2020. We want to see the popping footage now.

Lifelike Balloon Animals

Lifelike Balloon Animals

Masayoshi Matsumoto is no birthday party balloon artist. Nope, his specialty is creating complex balloon animals that belong in an art gallery. His inflatable sculptures require many more bends and twists than typical balloon art, resulting in greater detail and realism. Check out his YouTube channel for tutorials.

Popping Giant Balloons

Popping Giant Balloons

The guys from How Ridiculous usually spend their time dropping things from a tower. This time around, they took their destructive tendencies indoors, where they overinflated a variety of balloons to the point of breaking. The explosions culminate with an absolutely massive balloon that stands more than 40 feet tall.

Balloon Dog Bookends

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Teach your old books a new trick with these playful bookends that feature a duo of inflatable doggies showing off. The bubbly and joyful red pups are made from cast resin, while the angle structure is made from sheet metal for weight and stability. Each bookend measures 9.75″ L x 4.75″ W x 7.75″ H.

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Popping Nested Balloons in Slow-Mo

Popping Nested Balloons in Slow-Mo

The guys from The King of Random teamed up with Todd Robins from Kuma Films to capture slow-motion video footage of what happens when you burst a bunch of balloons that have been inflated inside of each other. It took an 11,000 fps camera to really show off the split-second explosions.

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.

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.

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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.

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