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Old 12-01-2019, 03:15 AM
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I remember around 15 years ago me and my school were playing around with balloons and when ever they touched the floor the popped instantly. (Not going to lie I was terrified at the time).
But come to present day I still have no idea why they popped as soon as they touched the floor. Any ideas why? And is there a way I could replicate this in any way, or to make balloons pop as easily as possible?
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Old 12-01-2019, 02:25 PM
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It will either have been:
1) because the balloons were poor quality/cheap toy balloons, which have poor quality control
2) because the balloon was too overinflated, and burst
3) because the balloon hit static, and burst
4) because the balloon came into contact with something sharp, pointed, or hot, and burst

There's always the chance is was just simply defective, as well.

If you want to replicate this, just buy the cheapest balloons you can find, and try blowing them up to their intended size. Alternatively, just buy a balloon, blow it up to near-bursting, tie it off, and leave it. It'll pop soon enough.

One final option: spray balloons with baby oil and/or citrus juice from a fresh orange or lemon. They'll pop within seconds! Latex doesn't like baby oil, nor fresh citrus juice one bit. You'll certainly guarantee some loud bangs, if that's your thing.
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I would guess it was just dust and crap on the floors. Depending on how tight your balloons are (and how cheap, I imagine), sometimes a little grit on the floor will take care of a falling balloon.

I had one spot at my house next to my favorite balloon-blowing chair in the sunroom. On two or three separate occasions I'd have an inflated toy nearby and BANG! After this happened more than once, I got down on the floor and felt around with my hand... and found a tiny sharp bit of grit wedged between the floorboards. Apparently that by itself was doing the job.

I imagine that most school floors have quite a bit more crud than our living room did, so that would be my guess
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I would guess it was just dust and crap on the floors. Depending on how tight your balloons are (and how cheap, I imagine), sometimes a little grit on the floor will take care of a falling balloon.

I had one spot at my house next to my favorite balloon-blowing chair in the sunroom. On two or three separate occasions I'd have an inflated toy nearby and BANG! After this happened more than once, I got down on the floor and felt around with my hand... and found a tiny sharp bit of grit wedged between the floorboards. Apparently that by itself was doing the job.

I imagine that most school floors have quite a bit more crud than our living room did, so that would be my guess
I'd have guessed maybe cleaning chemical residue, but that would make sense, too. I have to check for little specks of kitty litter before putting a balloon down anywhere, because my cat tracks it all over the place. A tiny little piece of kitty litter will pop a balloon as easily as a pin will. And that's with the good quality balloons I get. Schools are notoriously cheap about supplies like that.


Gritty stuff (like sandpaper) will pop a balloon pretty quickly. Plastic forks and knives make for interesting balloon popping instruments too heh heh.
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The balloon surely came into contact with something which let popped it.
Sometimes instant pop even happens throwing a balloon in the air. Ever happened to anyone?
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The balloon surely came into contact with something which let popped it.
Sometimes instant pop even happens throwing a balloon in the air. Ever happened to anyone?
Hi,

Actually this was how I became phobic of balloons when I was very little. I played with a balloon (the first I ever had - and had ever seen), and while batting it into the air it suddenly popped in mid-air scaring me to no end. It made such an impression on me that I can still recall how the balloon floated gracefully through the air and then all of sudden: BANG!!! Had this not happened or if I had only known it could happen, then I probably wouldn't have developed this 'thing' with balloons. Strange how something seemingly totally insignificant can have such an impat on ones entire life!
Looking back it must either have been a weak balloon or blown up too far.
Nowadays I sometimes reenact the experience by blowing up a balloon super tight, tying it off and carefully batting it around until at some point it pops all by itself.
It is not what I like the most and not what really 'does the trick either', but it is super cool nevertheless.

When I decorate with balloons - this happens almost entirely on New Years Eve - I always blow the balloons up so much that some will burst during the evening. It is cool how it makes everybody jump, and besides it gives me an opportunity to repair the decoration and thereby blow up some balloons. I can always 'accidentially' blow one up a little too far. *giggles*
I guess I got a little carried away and strayed away from the issue, - sorry.....

Thank you for reading my posting.

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