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When I Saw This List Of Things Balloons Could Do, I Wished I Knew It Earlier

When I Saw This List Of Things Balloons Could Do, I Wished I Knew It Earlier

With Google’s balloon-powered internet in the news, you might be wondering what else a balloon can do. The answer is, a heck of a lot. Check out these creative uses for balloons:

#1 Give Yourself Waterproof Pockets

Simplest waterproofing ever: carry a balloon in your pocket. When you need to keep your cash and other small objects dry, stuff them inside the balloon and tie off the neck,

#2 Support Your Papier Maché Creations

Paste newspaper strips over your balloon, let the whole thing dry, then pop the balloon and trim the stiffened paper to the shape you want. You could make a giant egg, a bowl, or even a candy-filled piñata.

#3 Play Water Darts

This one is easy and a lot of fun on a hot day! Fill balloons with water, hang them from a wall, and throw darts at them until they burst. Darts are sharp — duh — so watch out for children, animals, and other innocent bystanders.

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    #4 Make Your Own Stress Ball

    Fill a balloon with grains of rice or wheat and tie a knot in the neck. Squeeze and squish for instant stress relief!

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    #5 Help Your Garden Grow

    A balloon used in place of a gardening tie will support your plants without cutting into them, because it stretches as they grow.

    #6 Go Cluster Ballooning

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      This is like something from the movie Up: fill lots and lots of balloons with helium, then use them to lift you into the sky. You need large, super-strong balloons to pull off this stunt, so maybe start with a trial at home using normal balloons and an action figure.

      #7 Exercise With Balloons

      You might think a balloon isn’t heavy enough or resistant enough to exercise with. You’d be wrong. Holding a balloon between your hands or between your knees during push-ups, for example, makes you more aware of your posture and muscle tension, improving your form.

      #8 Hold on to Your Glasses

      Use a long, thin balloon as a strap for your eyeglasses or sunglasses—just tie one end of the balloon to the end of each glasses arm, stretch the balloon around the back of your head, and it’ll hold your glasses firmly in place.

      #9 Make Chocolate Eggs

      You can use small, rounded balloons as the support for your chocolate creations. Inflate them enough to hold a firm shape, then dip and roll in just-melted chocolate before hanging from a line to set. Stick a piece of tape over the exposed rubber near the neck and push a pin through it to let the air out gently before removing the balloon.

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        #10 Power a Car

        Yes, really. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory held a balloon car contest in 1998 and the fastest vehicle reached speeds greater than 10 feet per second.

        #11 Make Cola Explosions

        You remember the Mentos-and-cola fun of a few years ago, right? Well, this uses the same chemistry with a bit of extra physics. Put your Mentos inside a balloon and stretch the balloon neck over the neck of your cola bottle, then push the mints down through the balloon into the bottle. The balloon lets pressure build up inside it until it either pops off the bottle or bursts, showering the surrounding area with minty cola foam. [Fun but potentially dangerous. Play responsibly!]

        #12 Pipe Frosting

        If you fill a long balloon with frosting or buttercream icing, then prick a hole in the bottom end, you can use it as a piping bag to decorate cakes and cookies. Don’t apply too much pressure, or the exit hole will stretch and give you uneven lines.

        #13 Give Your Pens Grip

        Trim the neck from a balloon, or cut a tube from the midsection of a narrow balloon, then slip it over the body of your pen to give it extra grip. Also works on drumsticks, laser pointers, and other stuff you need to hold.

        #14 Paint With Colour Bombs

        Fill some balloons with liquid paint, stretch a large canvas or sheet of paper over a hard backing, then throw your balloons at the canvas to make a fun work of art.

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          #15 Pee Anywhere

          You’ll need a large balloon and a small funnel. Put the funnel neck inside the balloon neck, pee into the funnel, then carefully remove the funnel and tie off the balloon. [Hygiene note: clean your funnel after each use and dispose of the filled balloons responsibly!]

          #16 Make Your Own UFO

          Activate a glowstick and push it inside the body of a balloon before inflating with helium. Tie off the balloon and add a long string so you can float it above your house to freak people out.

          #17 Keep Your Drinks Cold

          Fill balloons with water and freeze them. On a hot day, keep your drinks in a bucket surrounded by ice balloons and they’ll stay chilled for hours. Perfect for picnics and garden parties!

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            #18 Build a Terrarium

            Use a funnel to put soil, seeds and water into a clear balloon, then inflate it and tie off the neck. Stand it in a spot that gets some sun each day, and watch your seeds sprout inside.

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            #19 Make Floating Gift Bags

            To balloon-wrap a small gift, push it inside a balloon along with some confetti and then inflate the balloon with helium before tying it off. Tie a ribbon to the neck and add a gift tag, then leave the balloon tied to the recipient’s bedpost or door handle to surprise them. [If you use this trick to propose, wrap the ring in a scrap of cloth or crepe paper first and tie it up with a piece of ribbon. Cut jewels can burst balloons!]

            #20 Create Your Own Cloud

            Inflate several balloons with helium and tape them all together, then cover with glue and roll the balloons in lightweight polystyrene pieces or cushion wadding that you’ve pulled apart and fluffed up. Add a string and you can take your cloud with you wherever you go.

            #21 Make Balloon Porn

            It happens. If you don’t believe me, see Rule 34: “If it exists, there is porn of it“.

            And finally…..

            #22 Make the next famous party animal

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              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

              1. Work on the small tasks.

              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

              2. Take a break from your work desk.

              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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              3. Upgrade yourself

              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

              4. Talk to a friend.

              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

              7. Read a book (or blog).

              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

              8. Have a quick nap.

              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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              9. Remember why you are doing this.

              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

              10. Find some competition.

              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

              11. Go exercise.

              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

              12. Take a good break.

              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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