minions large foil helium balloons £1 & £2 @ Asda instore
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minions large foil helium balloons £1 & £2 @ Asda instore

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Found 21st Sep 2015
Airwalkers balloon includes 1 foil balloon 109cm tall -£2

Foil balloon 63cm tall - £1

Not sure if this is a national deal but has been bought from asda in Widnes
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Anything minion related gets my vote
costs u 10 quid for the helium to fill it
It included helium which was a bonus
bargain! great find x
Excellent find. Was it priced on shelf?
Helium is in short supply and should be used for science and medicine, not balloons.

independent.co.uk/new…tml
MarkShopper

Helium is in short supply and should be used for science and medicine, … Helium is in short supply and should be used for science and medicine, not balloons.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a-ballooning-problem-the-great-helium-shortage-8439108.html


Did you say that in a donald duck squeaky voice?.....cos thats what helium is for.
fmhm

Excellent find. Was it priced on shelf?


The prices had been removed, so we had to take them to the till to find out
MarkShopper

Helium is in short supply and should be used for science and medicine, … Helium is in short supply and should be used for science and medicine, not balloons.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a-ballooning-problem-the-great-helium-shortage-8439108.html



​so serious
MarkShopper

Helium is in short supply and should be used for science and medicine, … Helium is in short supply and should be used for science and medicine, not balloons.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a-ballooning-problem-the-great-helium-shortage-8439108.html



Quoted for truth.. People dont realise helium is a non-renewable and we have no alternatives to it.
The time I've spent watching the minions movies over and over....and over again is also non-renewable.
auran666

The time I've spent watching the minions movies over and over....and over … The time I've spent watching the minions movies over and over....and over again is also non-renewable.


your time wasted is irrelevant, helium is not. F##k me,non renewable & number 2 in the periodic table and we're sending it off to space in party balloons....no wonder the worlds screwed!
Helium is renewable it's just uneconomical at the moment.
Liquid helium is used in cryogenics (its largest single use, absorbing about a quarter of production), particularly in the cooling of superconducting magnets, with the main commercial application being in MRI scanners. Helium's other industrial uses—as a pressurizing and purge gas, as a protective atmosphere for arc welding and in processes such as growing crystals to make silicon wafers—account for half of the gas produced. A well-known but minor use is as a lifting gas in balloons and airships.
I think some people didn't get the balloon they wanted
I must educate myself more about these misrepresented sacrificial vessels disguised as objects of amusement.
I now feel ashamed at having tossed them to the side whilst rooting deeper into the 'clearance trolley'.
Cosmonaut

Helium is renewable it's just uneconomical at the moment.



I'm afraid you are misinformed.
It is a non-renewable by definition.

A renewable resource is one that is replaced naturally at a rate that is the same as the rate it is consumed at.
We can't produce it by any chemical process either (we only recover it from crude oil refinement.. not make it)

The only way we make it on Earth would be to reclaim it after nuclear decay in nuclear power stations and the amount produced is exceptionally small compared to demand and as you have said prohibitively expensive. This is a situation that is incredibly unlikely to be solved by the time we are likely to hit a helium crisis (40 years or so). That being said we are getting better at conserving smaller amounts helium 'waste' products from refinement processes, slowing the effect and staving off a mass shortage.

The problem is it is inert and 'lighter than air', anything that could potentially be used as an alternative is either not 'light' enough or Flamable/toxic/corrosive or a combination of all three.

It is a very real problem which is currently not being addressed very well and people consider it 'only a few balloons' and 'pfft... scientists' etc because they don't understand just how essential it is to a great deal of critical processes (already mentioned earlier)

Basically the US screwed it up by having a forced helium sell off making it too cheap hence why helium balloons are cheap and people don't see helium as a valuable resource, at actual value helium balloons should be prohibitively expensive to buy.

Based on the scarsity of the resource it should be banned for use in novelties really. We will hit issues with helium (in the quantities needed) long before the same with fossil (which there are alternatives for)

To be honest if you buy helium balloons... you should feel bad.

Source: I'm a science teacher.


Edited by: "Jetpac" 22nd Sep 2015
Anyone else still really want one? I do!! Out on the hunt
The science teacher is so freaked out about minor usage....it's like saying all nail polish removers is causing the global warming so stop using it!!!!
arul

The science teacher is so freaked out about minor usage....it's like … The science teacher is so freaked out about minor usage....it's like saying all nail polish removers is causing the global warming so stop using it!!!!



This is part of the problem... you think it is one balloon or a couple of balloons for parties....
Multiply that by everyone else thinking like that, theme parks, promotional events advertising balloons.. in all the countries in the world that use them and it becomes a really big problem really quick. It is actually a ridiculously large usage given the circumstances and the importance of it as a non renewable. It's like making omelettes with the eggs of endangered birds... could you.....should you?

No helium means no MRI machines, No-superconductors, a serious hold back to any progress in science and our understanding... the inability to weld certain types of metal which then effects MANY industrial processes.

The two are not equivalent at all. There are alternatives to using fossil fuels... I will state this again in big capital letters for those who missed it...

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO HELIUM.

It has to be used for the processes it is used for because of it's fairly unique capabilities as an element. It is lighter than air and non reactive just to name two.... We have NO way of synthesising more in any significant quantity (and likely never will) and no other elements can do the job it does because they do not possess the necessary combination of properties.

Thankfully i have an education and with the capability to understand the far reaching issues that will be caused by this. So yes.. the science teacher is freaked out (because this science teacher's life expectancy is greater than that of Helium..) and you should be too.

But hey.. carry on.. ignorance is bliss.. at least you will have a helium 'get well soon' balloon when you get ill... rather than that life saving MRI to help diagnose what has put you in the hospital in the first place because there is a helium shortage and they are not running them or you are so far down the priority list as to make no difference.

Edited by: "Jetpac" 22nd Sep 2015
cen.acs.org/con…jpg all the party balloons put together also doesn't seems to count even less than 1% helium usage, so you seem to be too freaked out about the very minor usage...
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