Fun Little-Known Facts about Balloons and Ballooning

Here are some fun, little-known facts about balloons. Check it out:

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Fact #1

Qualatex latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex — not plastic. Our latex balloons are biodegradable, and decompose as fast as an oak leaf in your backyard!

Fact #2

Before toy balloons were invented people inflated pig bladders and animal intestines.

Fact #3

The first rubber balloon was made by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824, out of two sheets of rubber whose edges were pressed together.

Fact #4

Pioneer manufactures nearly one billion Qualatex latex balloons per year.

Fact #5

Hot air balloon was the balloon to make the first recorded manned flight. It was made by the Montgolfier brothers and launched on 21 November 1783.

Fact #6

The first gas balloon ended up destroyed by terrified villagers, after it landed, who didn’t know what it was.

Fact #7

The first use of a balloon for military purposes was like an observation point.

Fact #8

Solar balloons are a type of gas balloons that use air that is heated by the sun's radiation and in that way gain buoyancy. The first man to fly in a solar balloon was a Tracy Barnes on 1 May 1973.

Fact #9

The first living beings that flew in a balloon were a sheep called, a duck and a rooster. Sheep had a name Montauciel which means "Climb-to-the-sky".

Fact #10

Latex balloons are Earth-friendly! Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for up to 40 years!

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