Balloons were originally made out of pig’s bladders. Luckily, the dashing man Michael Faraday created the balloon we all know and love today – the rubber balloon. He created this legendary inflatable bag after experimenting with various gases. As the rubber is very elastic, balloons can be filled with any appropriate liquid or gas such as water, air, or helium. Nowadays, people use balloons for all sorts of purposes from medical reasons to entertaining.
Doctors use small balloons when patients have blocked blood vessels near the heart. They insert these tiny balloons and inflate them in order to crush the fatty deposits stopping blood flow. This in turn opens up the blood vessels, improving blood flow. Once this is done, the miniscule balloons are deflated and removed. As well as this doctors use laughing gas as an anaesthetic given by inhaling through a balloon. However, with the euphoric feeling and uncontrollable laughter this gas creates, holiday resorts and clubs are selling balloons full of the gas – otherwise known as ‘hippy crack’.
Promotional events often use balloon sculptures to make it look more appealing. Balloons can be sculpted into arches, walls and even animals! Due to the flexible, rubbery nature of them, they can hold their shape for weeks.
Another type of balloon is the hot air balloon; a giant balloon filled with hot air which can be used for travelling via the wind! However, without wind, you’re going nowhere but it is still a beautiful, exciting new experience which is becoming more popular throughout the country.
However, the main reason people have balloons are generally for entertainment purposes. They always seem to add that special touch to whatever moment they are used to celebrate; birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, valentines, Christmas, and even to wish someone good health. They come in many shapes, sizes and colours, and can be used for virtually anything. When decorating for a party, balloons make it magical. They can also be used for party games!
Balloon-o-grams are becoming increasingly popular – this is simply just a balloon in a box. The receiver doesn’t have a clue from the outside what is hidden within and when they open it, they get the shock of a lifetime! Like a jack in a box, the balloon pops out, amazing the receiver. Unless your one of the extremely strange mentally unhinged people with the rare fear of balloons, otherwise known as globophobia, this surprise adds to the special happiness that balloons seem to bring into every day life.
This blog was written by Delilah Poppins, a birthday balloon delivery organiser writing on behalf of Perfect Party UK