Have you ever put a helium hose up to your mouth, inhaled a bit, and then tried to speak? It makes your voice really sound squeaky and funny. It’s probably not a smart thing to do, and may even be harmful to you, but it’s something that we did a bit when we were kids. Haven’t done that in a long time, though…
Helium has wonderful properties. It can make a child’s birthday balloons float or give a lift to someone like Felix Baumgartner when it took him to the edge of space for his parachute jump that set the world record last fall. How does it to it? Simply put, it’s lighter than air!
Now, just suppose that you inhaled enough of the stuff (I think it would kill you if you tried). In theory, it could make you float if you could contain enough of it, right?
Well, I don’t know, but I think that our dog, Lucy, may gave gotten into some helium the other morning. We took her out for a walk and as usual, let her off the leash in an unpopulated area here at Turtle Beach. From the look on her face, you can tell she’s in dismay as her hiney is starting to float up off the ground!!!! Yikes!
Of course, I guess that if a wife were to do something like that and asked him, “Have you noticed any difference in me lately?” he could honestly answer, “Yes, dear…you look lighter!”
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The highly seasoned stew of meat or fish called ragout (rhymes with “blue”) is prepared without vegetables. The name is derived from French and means “to restore the appetite of.” The highly seasoned stew of meat or fish called ragout (rhymes with “blue”) is prepared without vegetables. The name is derived from French and means “to restore the appetite of.”