Saturday, June 20, 2009

Going Up? Not Likely.

I stumbled across this Toronto Star debate musing diatribe piece on how many balloons it would take to lift a house, inspired by the new Pixar film Up.

My favourite part? “This left several readers wondering: Just how many balloons would it take to lift a house?”

Really? Did you get a lot of emails from readers, wondering how they could lift their house with balloons? Did you have people doing experiments right away, hopelessly tying balloons to their window shutters? I guess a lot of stupid people read the Toronto Star. So, how many balloons would it take to lift a house?

They say it’s between 100 thousand – 23.5 million.

That's like saying it's somewhere in the ballpark of 'a few' to 'a ton'. So, long story short, they have no friggin' clue.

(Try getting that two minutes back.)


I'm ordering pizza the other night and the order confirmation screen comes up.

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Place another order? We just ordered! Who the hell is this button for?

Guy 1 - “Hey, we just ordered the pizza. Now all we have to do is wait.”
Guy 2 - “I’m starving, let’s order another one.”
Guy 1 - “Okay!”


  1. It's about time a newspaper article was devoted to debating the reality of something seen in AN ANIMATED FILM.

    Next on the debate list: How long would a Panda have to study martial arts before it becomes a Kung Fu expert?

  2. Rodger: My best guess is that the pizza button is for stoners - which makes your scenario all the more plausible.

    Don't know about how many people have wondered about the balloons v. house dilemma (a full 2-3 douches?), but there was a lovely story about a gent, a lawn chair, some balloons - and the Darwin Awards.

    @Graham Now that is a question I have been wondering about for some time.

  3. Here's the question, Monica... Hero? Or complete fucking lunatic? I like to think a little of both. :)

  4. @rajahjames I think that duality applies to all of us :)