Can you imagine a celebration without balloons? Can you? No! You’ve got to have these big colorful balls floating around making merry.

But who invented the first balloon? It was the year 1824 and the scientist Michael Faraday. Remember Faraday? The man behind the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

So the first rubber balloons were made by Faraday, for use in the laboratory. Faraday laid two sheets of rubber on top of each other, put flour in the middle to prevent them from joining all the way through, and then sealed the edges together. He noted that when he filled the balloons with hydrogen they had ‘considerable ascending power’.

And tada… the first rubber balloons were rising up and above!



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