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What? [Dec. 23rd, 2003|10:34 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Yesterday I was watching something-or-other on the Discovery Channel, and they were showing various factoids before the commercial breaks. One was:

"Experts say that by the year 2010, no more Helium will exist on Earth"

WTF? Why has nobody told me this before? That's only six years from now. Should I be stockpiling it? Is anybody else concerned that one of the Elements will be gone?
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From: faerieshine
2003-12-23 07:45 am (UTC)
WHAT? How is that possible?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-12-23 07:49 am (UTC)
Lol - I know!!! I mean, I know that Helium is so light, and that it leaves our atmosphere every time it seeps out of its container (or balloon, or whatever), and I knew that there was a finite amount of it and that it will someday all have escaped the Earth's gravitational pull, etc. etc. etc., but I had no idea that it would be so soon! I mean, are the next generation of kids not going to know about helium balloons?
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[User Picture]From: waltzingdog
2003-12-26 10:30 pm (UTC)

:::weeeeee::: (said in helium-voice)

Well, heck - can't that next generation of kids just get together in science class, glue some molecules together, and MAKE MORE??????
How do they KNOW all this? Speculation? Are there *fossilized* remains of extinct elements out there? The implications are making my head spin...
And where do we GET the helium we have? Are there helium-producing flowers? (Kayti would draw them if there were! LOL!) Is it excreted from little helium-mammals' hind-parts? Is it *natural*?????
Akkk - I need to stop before my head flies off.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-12-23 07:56 am (UTC)
LOL! Those are great!
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2003-12-23 07:58 am (UTC)
Do we know of any other elements that have been lost over time? I mean, the earth's been around a while. I wonder, if you could go back... what you'd find... Do we really not need helium for anything? Besides balloons? Losing an element seems fairly serious...
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From: winterswitchery
2003-12-23 08:41 am (UTC)
Good god, my future offspring will never know the joy of sucking on a hellium balloon and then sounding like Alvin in the Chipmunks? LOL ^~
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[User Picture]From: erikasfriends
2003-12-23 08:48 am (UTC)
We all need to stock pile and suck all helium outta balloons hurry everyone!!!! heehee
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2003-12-23 09:46 am (UTC)
AHHHH-helium just can't dissapear.
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[User Picture]From: mcmatz
2003-12-23 12:58 pm (UTC)

Heard the same thing...

Both my husband and I heard the same thing and had same response...WTF?
I wish I had paid more attention in science class.
Where does all the helium go? Does it turn into something else? Can we make more or reclaim it back? What will they do at the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade and what will the Goodyear blimp folks do?

First the dodo now this....

Madeline
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From: victoriagriffin
2003-12-23 08:21 pm (UTC)
dammit...a day without helium is like a day without sunshine. :(
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