That Sinking Feeling

NPR reports that there’s a helium shortage. It seems several foreign plants aren’t in production right now and the federal helium program — yes, there is such a thing — will shut down for two weeks. If it gets bad balloons will drag on the ground, MRI machines will overheat, Garfield won’t float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the Goodyear Blimp will be grounded, and there will be no more squeaky voice from sucking the gas out of your kid’s balloon. Unfortunately it can’t all be replaced by hot air, since the election campaign is over so there’s a hot air shortage too. But that will be just temporary, I’m sure.

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