Don't Mess With Helium

@JudyEv (121004)
Bunbury, Australia
November 23, 2015 5:04am CST
Vince has just shown me a YouTube video which we've seen before but it is just as funny second time around. If you type 'helium infused beer' into the address bar, you can watch this clip of two guys who drink beer which has been infused, if that's the word, with helium. And just to pad this out a bit and ensure you learn something from this post, helium is a chemical element. It a colourless, tasteless, non-toxic, odourless gas. Its scientific symbol is He. It is also the second most abundant element in the observable universe. It seems hydrogen is the most abundant element and oxygen comes third. There are various ways of measuring these things of course. I hope you watch the clip. It is hard not to laugh along with the men.
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@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
23 Nov 15
Not to be mistaken for putting liquid nitrogen into things. That can be VERY dangerous. A girl in the UK drank a cocktail with liquid nitrogen and it ate through her windpipe and stomach. It was horrible.
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@antonbunot (9512)
• Calgary, Alberta
23 Nov 15
Helium is the gas or air that are used by balloons? How do people gather Helium to pump into balloons?
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
I don't know. I guess they just pump it into a canister like they do other gases. And yes, it is the gas used to make balloons float.
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Nov 15
@JudyEv So all gases like hydrogen, oxygen, helium, carbon dioxide, and so on are all floating in the air space? So we are breathing them all? No wonder why I keep sneezing and coughing!
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
@antonbunot I think that's the story. Of course, some are only in minute amounts. If there is too much of one or another, that's when things get out of whack.
@koopharper (6290)
• Canada
24 Nov 15
I've seen it before. Hysterically funny. There is a gas that lowers you voice too. I don't remember what it was but that can be just as funny.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
I haven't heard of that one but I can imagine it would be just as funny.
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• Canada
24 Nov 15
@JudyEv Here it is Sodium Hexaflouride. Deep voice gas.
Steve and the 9News team try breathing a little Sulfur Hexafluoride to see how it changes their voice. About Steve Spangler Science... Steve Spangler is a ce...
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Nov 15
@koopharper That was pretty cool! And I was impressed that they could sit a box on the top of the gas. I wonder why it didn't escape? Air pressure perhaps? Or maybe it's a heavy gas.
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@UncleJoe (9731)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
24 Nov 15
I just had to go look! Ha! Ha! I'll have to go look more later.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
Are you going to try it? It doesn't seem a very good idea really - but it was funny.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
@UncleJoe I think you get the same effect sucking on a helium balloon. Just be careful if you're going to try it.
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@UncleJoe (9731)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
24 Nov 15
@JudyEv I would never do that. Just think it's funny.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
23 Nov 15
I just watched one with English subtitles and it was hilarious. I laughed until I cried. Thanks for starting my day off right.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
Glad you enjoyed it. I'm sure I replied to this before I went to bed last night but my comment seems to have disappeared. Hope the rest of your day went well.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Nov 15
@JudyEv I had to show the video to my brother and he couldn't help but laugh too.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Nov 15
@simone10 I think however many times I watched it, I'd still laugh.
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@LadyDuck (151826)
• Switzerland
23 Nov 15
Helium is known for its weird " "squeaky voice" effect when it's inhaled. People should be careful, because Helium replaces oxygen in the lungs and can kill you if you inhale enough.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
I know if you suck the air from a helium balloon your voice goes funny. I didn't know it was dangerous.
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@LadyDuck (151826)
• Switzerland
24 Nov 15
@JudyEv It's always a matter of moderation, I am sure that if you suck the air from one balloon it's not dangerous, but if you suck from the helium bottle this is another matter.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
27 Nov 15
The effect of Helium on the voice is common knowledge, so I was surprised that they reacted so much to the sound of their voices. I would also expect them to rapidly become intoxicate if they drank more than a small glass.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Nov 15
I'm sure they knew they'd sound funny but for me, I'd kind of expect to be able to turn it on and off at will, which is stupid I know. If every time you open your mouth this squeak comes out, I'd be laughing too even if I knew it was going to happen.
• United States
24 Nov 15
I've seen people sucking the helium from balloons and then talking in high pitched voices. Quite funny
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
I've never done it - and wouldn't. I don't like messing with gases - or my health so I get my laughs watching others - in this case at least.
@Lucky15 (33422)
• Philippines
24 Nov 15
The fact that it is odorless..that makes helium dangerous for me..though that squeky voice can be funny
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
And tasteless. So it isn't something that is harmless really.
• United States
24 Nov 15
oh dear! wait a sec, here not too long 'go they were sayin' that helium 'twas in short supply?? perhaps its coz those fella's made that video 'n more folks thought they'd give such a try
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
I haven't heard about helium being in short supply and I haven't seen oodles of people running round with squeaky voices so I hope it's not their fault.
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@T_gray (7821)
• Salina, Kansas
24 Nov 15
I'll have to look it up later. Sounds like it's going to be funny. Anything with helium should be. Lol
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
I hope you enjoy it. The two men involved can hardly speak for laughing which makes it hard not to join in.
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@sofssu (14470)
24 Nov 15
Light headed with helium.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Nov 15
I've seen people inhale from helium balloons then talk in a high-pitched voice.
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23 Nov 15
i'll have to check this out when my kids aren't around. i don't want to give my teenage son any ideas. :-)
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
That might be best. It doesn't seem to be totally harmless either although maybe these two knew what they were doing.
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@Platespinner (16515)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
23 Nov 15
That's funny, but I wonder how risky it is. The vocal effects seem to be similar to inhaling helium which actually blocks the bodys ability to get oxygen from air.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
It sounds like it's very risky if it's blocking oxygen intake. I guess these two knew what they were doing. I might give it a miss.
@gudheart (12752)
23 Nov 15
I find it funny when they start talking funny after inhaling helium but it is very dangerous.
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
I didn't know it was dangerous. Another thing I've learnt from MyLot.
@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
23 Nov 15
Hmmm does it make them talk funny? I will try to find the video you are talking about.
@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
23 Nov 15
Found one with 2 guys speaking a different language :) Yes that made me laugh lol
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov 15
@CRanney It was funny wasn't it? You couldn't help but laugh with them.
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