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Old 22 January 2019, 05:33 PM   #1
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Helium shortage - apparently SS Rolex isnít only thing in short supply

Went by the local party store to pick up some balloons for my sons birthday and saw this sign - I read something years ago about the eventual worldwide shortage and the artificially low price in my country for helium. Apparently this is for real. Iíve always taken it for granted
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Old 22 January 2019, 05:58 PM   #2
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Maybe Rolex will release a Sea Dweller with no HEV at Basel 19..?

Doesn't seem much point having one if there's no helium to escape...lol

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Old 22 January 2019, 06:14 PM   #3
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When I was a kid in the '60s we made do with one of these
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Old 22 January 2019, 06:22 PM   #4
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And your balloons were easier to catch Adam.

On the floor..............
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Old 22 January 2019, 06:32 PM   #5
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wouldn't it be funny if the human race required helium to reach other habitable planets and we had used it all for party balloons.
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Old 22 January 2019, 06:50 PM   #6
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But if you buy some silly string and party poppers, they'll put your name on the waiting list.
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Old 22 January 2019, 06:51 PM   #7
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wouldn't it be funny if the human race required helium to reach other habitable planets and we had used it all for party balloons.
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Old 22 January 2019, 07:01 PM   #8
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thats nothing compared to the CO2 shortage. There was beer rationing in the UK last year
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Old 22 January 2019, 07:07 PM   #9
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wouldn't it be funny if the human race required helium to reach other habitable planets and we had used it all for party balloons.
When we run out of helium for our balloons we can use hydrogen.

Much more fun.

And they stay up longer........
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Old 22 January 2019, 07:21 PM   #10
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It's interesting to read about helium and it's history in the USA.
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Old 22 January 2019, 07:45 PM   #11
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Just fuse some hydrogen, the sun does it all the time
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Old 22 January 2019, 09:17 PM   #12
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Helium prices shortage/ spike started a bit ago... theres only so many places to get helium from. Got to get it from helium rich gas reserves
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Old 22 January 2019, 09:25 PM   #13
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I'll get by without balloons, but I will miss the funny voices.
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Old 23 January 2019, 04:42 AM   #14
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When we run out of helium for our balloons we can use hydrogen.

Much more fun.

And they stay up longer........

Especially if your chain smoking uncle is on the inflation task.
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Old 23 January 2019, 07:54 PM   #15
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I work for a company that produces about 25% of the world’s helium but it is just a by-product for us. About ten years ago, I was in a meeting with the company’s CEO when the Helium plant manager turned up holding loads of helium filled balloons to celebrate the start up of the plant.
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I work for a company that produces about 25% of the worldís helium but it is just a by-product for us. About ten years ago, I was in a meeting with the companyís CEO when the Helium plant manager turned up holding loads of helium filled balloons to celebrate the start up of the plant.
That must have been a fun meeting...
i assume LNG is topic dujour these days...
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thats nothing compared to the CO2 shortage. There was beer rationing in the UK last year
Beer rationing! Wow, forget about helium, this is serious
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