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There is a worldwide helium shortage

 
Only Me
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10/04/2012 10:21 PM

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There is a worldwide helium shortage
I went to the gift shop at work today (hospital) and there was a sign on the door saying they couldn't sell balloons due to a worldwide helium shortage.

omaward
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A greyhound pass for the boy in the well.

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10/04/2012 10:22 PM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
Fuck. THANKS A LOT OBAMA!
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10/04/2012 10:24 PM

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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
My sister actually told me this a few weeks ago when she was getting balloons for my nephew's birthday party. She could only buy so many at a time and they were expensive. Aparently helium is not renewable.
"Fortune, honour, beauty, youth
are but blossoms dying.
Wanton pleasures, doting love
are but shadows flying."

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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
Can you say that in much, MUCH higher register?
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
How does the world run low on helium?

And how the hell are we supposed to have awesome balloons?

Fuckin helium doom!
Here is where I look back.
Here is where you fell.
This is where I got up,
Shaking off my tail
This is where your rope trick
Started to look stale.
A greyhound pass for the boy in the well.

Only Me (OP)
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
Can you say that in much, MUCH higher register?
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omgiggles
Here is where I look back.
Here is where you fell.
This is where I got up,
Shaking off my tail
This is where your rope trick
Started to look stale.
A greyhound pass for the boy in the well.

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10/04/2012 10:25 PM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
The moon has a lot [link to news.discovery.com]
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10/04/2012 10:26 PM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
Can you say that in much, MUCH higher register?
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LOL! I went back and read OP's post in a helium voice.
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10/04/2012 10:28 PM

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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
LOL, what the hell!
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I've cornered the market.
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10/04/2012 10:35 PM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
No big deal, it happens just about every decade.We produce most of it, that's why Germany went to hydrogen before WWI, hints the Hindenburg.
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10/04/2012 10:56 PM
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So many democrats offing themselves these days. Uses a lot of helium.
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10/04/2012 10:59 PM

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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
The moon has a lot [link to news.discovery.com]
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Well we need to go get some. We need our floating balloons?
Here is where I look back.
Here is where you fell.
This is where I got up,
Shaking off my tail
This is where your rope trick
Started to look stale.
A greyhound pass for the boy in the well.

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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
No big deal, it happens just about every decade.We produce most of it, that's why Germany went to hydrogen before WWI, hints the Hindenburg.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1290057
Hence instead of hints.I don't want the word association police on me.
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10/04/2012 11:09 PM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
Yep, it's because of this FAT BASTARD called Peter Kay sucking it all up...

Prick...


[link to www.youtube.com]


Effing Bastard....


putin
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
The moon has a lot [link to news.discovery.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6775827


Well we need to go get some. We need our floating balloons?
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I need some bananasex
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10/05/2012 12:25 AM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
Helium escapes the Earth's atmosphere.
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10/05/2012 12:28 AM
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So Helium walks into a bar and orders a beer...

The bartender says, "Sorry, we don't serve noble gases here."

Helium doesn't react.
How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?
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10/05/2012 12:30 AM
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All parties must be cancelled immediately 5a
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10/05/2012 02:31 AM

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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
It's so sad - no more happy balloons. No more blimps. No more silly chipmunk voices.

We must go to the moon and mine more helium!
Here is where I look back.
Here is where you fell.
This is where I got up,
Shaking off my tail
This is where your rope trick
Started to look stale.
A greyhound pass for the boy in the well.

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10/05/2012 04:11 AM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
No big deal, it happens just about every decade.We produce most of it, that's why Germany went to hydrogen before WWI, hence the Hindenburg.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1290057


Yup. The Hindenburg was intended to use Helium. It's a pity they didn't just ground the airship when the Americans refused to sell it.
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10/05/2012 04:38 AM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
No big deal, it happens just about every decade.We produce most of it, that's why Germany went to hydrogen before WWI, hints the Hindenburg.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1290057


No big deal, you don't know what the hell your talking about dickhead. Please tell me how we produce it.Do you know where helium comes from. Pretty much everything you said is false.
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10/05/2012 05:40 AM
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
There is, indeed, a worldwide shortage of Helium. The last time there was a shortage like this, it was because US was getting ready to bomb Serbs and the military was buying tons of liquid He for thermal imaging units (sensors must be cooled down for ultimate sensitivity).

Just saying...
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
balloon1 I bet it's being diverted for military uses.

Oops, someone beat me to it. LOL

Last Edited by Judethz on 10/05/2012 05:46 AM
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10/05/2012 06:15 AM

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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
I went to the gift shop at work today (hospital) and there was a sign on the door saying they couldn't sell balloons due to a worldwide helium shortage.

omaward
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It's true, guess we shouldn't have wasted it all on floating balloons. Helium is a very rare gas at ground level, it's something you find while mining. Once released it floats up and you can't extract it from space.


[link to www.bbc.co.uk]

Helium is extracted from deep underground, where deposits of the gas have built up.

It is usually mined as a by-product of natural gas extraction. But resources are finite and demand is increasing, which is why supplies are restricted.

He added: "The reason that we can do MRI is we have very large, very cold magnets - and the reason we can have those is we have helium cooling them down.

"When you see that we're literally just letting it float into the air, and then out into space inside those helium balloons, it's just hugely frustrating. It is absolutely the wrong use of helium."
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Now I get WHY at the Dollar Store they have these white cardboard hand written signs taped up saying that We Have Helium. I wondered about it for a moment. But knowing how dumbed down everyone is I thought...shit..it prob helps people figure out they sell balloons. blink
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
There is, indeed, a worldwide shortage of Helium. The last time there was a shortage like this, it was because US was getting ready to bomb Serbs and the military was buying tons of liquid He for thermal imaging units (sensors must be cooled down for ultimate sensitivity).

Just saying...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24743440


Thanks.
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
I went to the gift shop at work today (hospital) and there was a sign on the door saying they couldn't sell balloons due to a worldwide helium shortage.

:omaward:
 Quoting: Only Me


It's true, guess we shouldn't have wasted it all on floating balloons. Helium is a very rare gas at ground level, it's something you find while mining. Once released it floats up and you can't extract it from space.


[link to www.bbc.co.uk]

Helium is extracted from deep underground, where deposits of the gas have built up.

It is usually mined as a by-product of natural gas extraction. But resources are finite and demand is increasing, which is why supplies are restricted.

He added: "The reason that we can do MRI is we have very large, very cold magnets - and the reason we can have those is we have helium cooling them down.

"When you see that we're literally just letting it float into the air, and then out into space inside those helium balloons, it's just hugely frustrating. It is absolutely the wrong use of helium."
 Quoting: alexisj9


BBC pushing the green agenda again with the resources are finite line, completely fails to mention that modern production processes have changed which is why there is less helium.
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Hey OM how are you?.

Long time no see / hear on the board.

JX day is fast approaching lol

seriously I hope your fine and things are still looking up.

DkL...
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
I went to the gift shop at work today (hospital) and there was a sign on the door saying they couldn't sell balloons due to a worldwide helium shortage.

omaward
 Quoting: Only Me


It's true, guess we shouldn't have wasted it all on floating balloons. Helium is a very rare gas at ground level, it's something you find while mining. Once released it floats up and you can't extract it from space.


[link to www.bbc.co.uk]

Helium is extracted from deep underground, where deposits of the gas have built up.

It is usually mined as a by-product of natural gas extraction. But resources are finite and demand is increasing, which is why supplies are restricted.

He added: "The reason that we can do MRI is we have very large, very cold magnets - and the reason we can have those is we have helium cooling them down.

"When you see that we're literally just letting it float into the air, and then out into space inside those helium balloons, it's just hugely frustrating. It is absolutely the wrong use of helium."
 Quoting: alexisj9


BBC pushing the green agenda again with the resources are finite line, completely fails to mention that modern production processes have changed which is why there is less helium.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24243529


You must have read a different artical or I missunderstood something, I saw no green agenda in there.
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Re: There is a worldwide helium shortage
I heard this recently from a friend and we got discussing at the time, is there any way to make any more? I didn't think you could. It's a potential byproduct of fusion reactions but other than that I think if it's done, it's done. Guess we'll never see hugh airships in our lifetime.

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