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Sucking helium out of balloons? LOL!

post #1 of 27
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Fess up~ How many of us have done this??? I was just reading a article and so thought I would post about it!! I get quite a kick out of doing it I guess...Soooo, have any of you ever done this??
post #2 of 27
I have done it in the past, but I learned it can be dangerous so I don't do it anymore.

Too much like huffing.
post #3 of 27
i have done it before at parties and stuff, its to fun, especially after a few drinks to hear that voice, i always end up laughin my butt off!,lol
post #4 of 27
Yup, I've done it It is quite funny...but I get more of a kick of hearing others do it
post #5 of 27
Oh, I do it! LOL, it's funny to hear your voice and others!
post #6 of 27
yes iv done this, my partner is going on about getting helium for the wedding bolloons, he only wants it to play silly buggers.
post #7 of 27
I used to work at a flower shop where one of the main things we sold were helium balloons i'll leave it at that (once i knew it was bad though i never did it again!)
post #8 of 27
I have done it... I used to do it then call one of my friends to mess with them.
post #9 of 27
LOLLLLLLL ive done it, like in the past if I got a balloon with gifts and it had helium id break a hole in it and sound like alvin the chipmunk LOL I know its not good for you......but hows it bad exactly? What happens?
post #10 of 27
Nothing bad has ever happened to me from doing it.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
I have done it in the past, but I learned it can be dangerous so I don't do it anymore.

Too much like huffing.
Helium isn't really good for the body, true. But taking a breath or two of it from a party balloon won't kill you. The worse that will happen is you will get light headed and pass out.

Now, large helium balloons that float in the sky, or helium tanks...that's different.

Here are some links for more information:


http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH...=dmtHMSContent

http://www.slate.com/id/2143631/

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/06/03/Ta...under_de.shtml

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/320/7237/732/a
post #12 of 27
I've actually never done it! I know plenty of people who did and what not, just never done it myself.
post #13 of 27
I've done it. I knew it was bad because I wasn't getting any oxygen, but only a couple of breaths. It is funny though.
post #14 of 27
I've tried but was too afraid to let it into my body, i thought my head might pop lol.
post #15 of 27
I've done it , it almost made me pass out though.
post #16 of 27
Ive never done it. My mom hated it when kids did that so we were never allowed to.
post #17 of 27
Yup!!! And whenever I get a helium balloon, I still do it!
post #18 of 27
I don't do it and my children have been warned to not ever do it.It can and does kill brain cells.
post #19 of 27
I've done it, and will still do it if I get a helium balloon. A few breaths won't hurt you...now if you start taking the helium straight from the tank, yeah that's not good! I know one person that has taken it straight from the tank and he got really sick. Tanks are pressurized and put more in your lungs than you can take. Taking it from a balloon once in a while, I doubt that would hurt you.

But when DH did it last time and said that famous quote from TopGuns "take me to bed or lose me forever" sounding like mickey mouse, I just lost it!! It's fun to play with now and then, but not everyday.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
But when DH did it last time and said that famous quote from TopGuns "take me to bed or lose me forever" sounding like mickey mouse, I just lost it!! It's fun to play with now and then, but not everyday.

Yeah, it is quite funny to hear...but not all the time, no!
post #21 of 27
I love doing it, my granpa used to do really funny voices at parties.

Are you guys getting it confused with whipits? it doesn't kill anything unless you inhale enough that you don't get any oxygen (ie the same brain damage possible from any kind of asphyxiation)
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
I love doing it, my granpa used to do really funny voices at parties.

Are you guys getting it confused with whipits? it doesn't kill anything unless you inhale enough that you don't get any oxygen (ie the same brain damage possible from any kind of asphyxiation)
Inhaling ANYTHING other than oxygen is dangerous. Here's a link that gives info about it.

I have a high stroke risk as it is.

Just because you don't "get high" from inhaling helium does NOT mean that it isn't dangerous.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Inhaling ANYTHING other than oxygen is dangerous. Here's a link that gives info about it.

I have a high stroke risk as it is.

Just because you don't "get high" from inhaling helium does NOT mean that it isn't dangerous.
thank you. Kids get enough ideas about things to huff, let's not add to that list.
post #24 of 27
Never been a big fan of doing it, but hubby does it sometimes when deflating a balloon.
post #25 of 27
Two of my co-workers were doing this in the office a few months ago...definitely not appropriate at work!!
post #26 of 27
HA! At a place called COSI here (super popular science place), they had an exibit and in one area they had this little thing that would puff out helium into a cardboard tube in your mouth so you can have a high voice LOL, weird that its harmful.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Inhaling ANYTHING other than oxygen is dangerous. Here's a link that gives info about it.

I have a high stroke risk as it is.

Just because you don't "get high" from inhaling helium does NOT mean that it isn't dangerous.
Reports of two people out of the millions who have done this... Nobody is trying to convince you you should do it, but forgive me if I'm unconvinced. If inhaling helium were a drug, they'd call it extremely safe by those odds.
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