NatGeo makes all of my dreams come true!

Dr. Joe Hickey – your quiz question on how many He balloons it would take to make the Up house fly has been answered in real life!

National Geographic has finally proved to the world that everything Disney does can come true. (As a scientist, I really shouldn’t use such grand generalizations. But as a Disney fanatic, I will make an exception.)

If you haven’t seen Up, then you may be a failure as a person. In my opinion, Up is the best Disney-Pixar movie to date, tying with Wall-E. The story is about an old man, Carl, realizing his life-long dream: moving his adorable yellow house to the tip-top of a mountain cliff in South America. His plan to get his house there? Why balloons of course! (duh.) And in true Disney-Pixar fashion, he meets hilarious characters along the way that help him heal from the loss of his one true love.


Well, my heroes at National Geographic did the calculation (as did Joe Hickey), and decided they were going to make a real-life flying house.

And the video shows you exactly how large the balloons had to be to get this house to fly:

On that note, if you haven’t heard of Pogo (a mix artist), you should check out his Upular mix.

So whoever thinks that Disney tales fill young children with false hopes and dreams…you deserve the cone of shame!

The cone of shame to all non-Disney-believers!!

NatGeo wins for making my dreams come true! 🙂

Also – thanks everyone for checking out my blog from time-to-time! I’ve now reached more than 1000 views! You guys are awesome!



3 thoughts on “NatGeo makes all of my dreams come true!

  1. Hey girl!
    This is our original email, in case you were wondering… glad you are home, safe and sound! Great to have the chance to spend time with ya!
    I loved seeing that clip on TV. sooooooo cool!
    Take care, miss ya!

  2. We did the math… assuming those “8-foot-tall” balloons are spherical, that’s about 2.3 million liters of helium. Interestingly, my calculation based on an admittedly rough estimate of the mass and volume of a two-story house was 40 million liters!

    They did say they made a particularly lightweight house, so I feel vindicated 🙂

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