A sad but true fact:
Receiving a balloon animal is only Act 1 of an inevitable three act tragedy.
Hmm — i can guess deflation is one of the sad latter acts, but am not sure of the other..
Perhaps there was a failed toplogical sphere-torus transition,
or a local transient inflationary event of the boundary followed
by failed budding off of a new ballon-verse. Tragic indeed, but
on the bright side 10^500 ballons ought to yield one robust enough
to this sort of thing.
I like to think there is a magical island somewhere inhabitated with the balloons that have escaped the clutches of a child’s hand. Live free, balloons. And live well. *sniff sniff*
A balloon artist once handed my then-young daughter a balloon creation with the words, “Remember, balloons are fleeting and ephemeral.” It was so great a line that we’ve probably repeated it to her and her siblings hundreds of times over the years since, and it’s become synonymous with balloon art for us.
“Remember, balloons are fleeting and ephemeral.”
This is probably better than my usual “Remember, this will not end well.”
What a perfect tweet! You should tweet, Julianne! What’s your tweet handle?
In other words, an inflated balloon is a low entropy state, while a punctured, deflated balloon is a high entropy state, then remind the child about the 2nd Law. Surely kids will understand that?
As a professional entertainer, I’ve probably made five thousand balloons for kids, although that isn’t my primary role. Rather than tell them it’s “ephemeral” I usually advise “keep it away from anything sharp or hot.” However, I’m commenting to point out that there’s nothing “inevitable” about the last act being a tragedy. I learned quickly that balloons were not very durable toys, and came up with a solution: put a durable toy inside the balloon, that the child gets when the balloon pops. The most common one I use is a small rubber ‘fuzzy ball’ that’s more fun than the balloon.
prettyfun: you are destroying our dark sarcastic fun by bringing joy to children instead of inevitable balloon tragedy. bah.
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