This one is all over Pinterest, most often miscaptioned like this:
“No helium needed to fill balloons for parties…..just vinegar and baking soda. Who knew!” or this, “No helium needed!” or this, “Must remember this for parties! No need to rent helium tank!”
If anyone who re-pinned this with those captions took the time to click on the link and read about this pin, or even took the time to just THINK about it, they’d know that Baking Soda + Vinegar DOES NOT = Helium, as the creator of this science experiment for kids clearly noted on her blog.
I’d love to be a fly on the wall at the home of someone who thinks she is about to use this technique to fill up a hundred balloons with helium for her kid’s birthday party. Can flies roll their eyes? Because that is what I would be doing.
So, this pin is real in the sense that it is a fun little project for your kids, but fake for the way it’s being repinned endlessly. As we all know by now, a picture is worth a thousand misinterpretations on Pinterest, and Pinners are full of hot air.