No party is complete without balloons. The beautiful and colourful balloons have always been enchanting people. Everyone indeed loves balloons, regardless of the age. But have you ever wondered how balloons came about?
The word balloon originated from the French word, “ballon” which means a huge ball. It also originated from the Latin word, “ballone” meaning ball, and from the old German word, “balla” that means a ball.
Did you know that the earliest balloons were made out of dried animal bladder and intestines? They were actually used by buffoons or clowns for entertainment.
The first balloon was discovered by Bartolomeu de Gusmao. It first appeared in Lisbon during an exhibition. As for the first rubber balloon, it was discovered by Michael Faraday in 1824. He filled the balloon with hydrogen gas – he called it, “caoutchoucs”. But due to the fact that hydrogen gas is flammable, it was replaced with helium gas, a non-toxic and inflammable gas.
In 1970, foil balloons were introduced. It was discovered that aluminized plastic films are more durable and less permeable. Also, it greatly helped in keeping the helium gas from escaping. But then, it was less flexible as compared to rubber balloons.
But then it was found out that helium gas can easily escape from the pores of runner or latex balloons. Thus, it was later treated with polymer solution such as hi-float gets in order to keep the gas intact for quite a longer period.
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