Incredible Balloon World Records

The Guinness World Records have been documenting incredible and weird feats of human (and animal) achievements since 1955. Everything from the world’s tallest man to the heaviest weight lifted by a human beard (63.8 kg) has been officiated for documentation by the official record adjudicators; there is no limit to the unique array of world records that can be broken.

Blowing Up a Balloon
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How is Helium Mined?

Helium is a marvellous gas. This chemical element is colourless, the second lightest in the known Universe, odourless, tasteless and the first in the noble gas group in the periodic table. Named for the Greek Titan of the Sun, Helios, it was discovered in the solar spectrum of the sun by English astronomer Norman Lockyer in 1868 – after it was wrongly assumed to be sodium – and later named by English chemist Edward Frankland.

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