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Season 1 Episode 4


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One of our favorite characters is a balloon and in this episode we find out all about them, from simple party balloons to large balloon airships and even balloons used for safety. We find out the first ever balloon was a toy for a young Chinese emperor and that one of the first hot air balloons ever nearly crashed on the head of the King of Portugal. We learn that the French Montgolfier brothers were pioneers in ballooning, filling up bags of hot air and watching them rise and that from these experiments came balloons that could lift sheep, roosters, ducks and eventually humans. As more and more hot air balloons were created, crowds came to watch the beautiful balloons and the "Balloon Age" was born. We go inside a hot-air balloon factory, where we see how the ballons are constructed, from baskets being woven by hand to the installation of instruments that measure the height of the balloon. We learn that most hot-air balloonists take up a compass and a radio in case of an emergency and that when landing it helps to have someone waiting for you on the ground. We also learn that there are some very large balloons called airships, or "derigibles," that can actually be steered where the pilot wants them to go and that some are even fitted with electronic light displays. We also take a quick look at weather balloons, airbags (a type of "balloon" installed in cars as protection from crashes) and even a balloon that's been decorated as a scarecrow. To end, the narrator wonders if there's any creative uses that we could think of for a balloon.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Mouse (Credited as Tara Charendoff)

Johnie Chase

Johnie Chase

Host (Some Episodes)

Don Dickinson

Don Dickinson

Orange Balloon

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