Fake Friday: Pinners, there is more helium in your heads than in these balloons.

This is not heliumpinned to Craft Ideas by Angela Sipahelut, curated from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

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.

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5 Responses to Fake Friday: Pinners, there is more helium in your heads than in these balloons.

  1. Ginamonster says:

    This reminded me of the pin going around about making your own water spheres. If you actually go to the website, you can see that the article actually debunks the recipe given. It also gives a really neat lesson on the refraction of those water spheres (you know, those jelly things you can put in vases instead of regualr water) which, I learned sometime in highschool, are not fun when dumped down your shirt…

  2. San says:

    Aww..!! You Broke my little heart!! 🙁
    I was goin to try this too ( someee day :P)

    Glad i found out the truth from you…than at the eve of a party! 😀 ;D

  3. Aaron says:

    Have you read the comments on that poor woman’s blog? I don’t know how many time’s she’s had to respond to someone and explain that vinegar and baking soda creates carbon dioxide and not helium!

    • Can I say thanks! I am Bern of Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and I can not tell you how many negative emails and comments I get about the helium and balloons not floating from this pin when I NEVER once said we produced helium or that the balloons would float. I have been sent comments like “Thanks for ruining my party.” Uhm, I didn’t ruin your party – I had a great time doing a science experiment with my girls that I shared – that is all. The “helium” thing had nothing to do with me.

      I appreciate you mentioning that the actual intention for the pin does work – since that’s what it’s supposed to be about.

      Loving your site and I am tickled at having been given the honor of being posted about here 🙂 Now if only more people read my actual post……


      • wtfpinterest says:

        Bern, thank YOU so much for commenting! I really appreciate it! And congrats on having such an awesome site! So many of my friends who either have children or are teachers of children saw this post and told me they are going to do this experiment with their kids. It stinks that so many others misinterpreted your fun, and that they keep sharing it the wrong way. And it really stinks that people actually have the balls to criticize or blame you for their own lack of ability to pay attention! WTF, indeed! Here’s hoping word gets around and they leave you in peace!

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