Thanksgiving Day parade a lift
NEW YORK It never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn be the same without helium.
For 364 days of the year, the colorless and odorless canada goose outlet in usa gas works quietly behind the scenes, doing jobs like chilling magnets in Canada Goose Online MRI imaging machines canada goose jacket outlet and helping welders protect their canada goose outlet shop work canada goose outlet parka from impurities.
But on Thanksgiving, the lighter than air element moves onto a much bigger stage. It the stuff that makes Snoopy, Spider Man, Papa Smurf and other huge balloons sail high above the crowd at the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Just so we can be properly thankful for the second most abundant element in cheap canada goose the universe (it ranks behind hydrogen), we turned for some basic facts to Eric Bass. He is product manager for helium at Linde North America canada goose outlet store Inc. This week, for the 20th straight year, his company will supply the gas to the parade, which in turn is marking its 88th year.
Where does the parade helium come from?
It forms underground and tends to mingle with natural gas deposits. So when companies extract and process the natural gas, they separate out the helium and sell it to companies like Linde. Helium is shipped worldwide, so the stuff that will pump canada goose outlet reviews up Paddington Bear or Pikachu could come from as close as Kansas or Wyoming, or as far away as Qatar, Africa or uk canada goose outlet even Australia. Huge, specialized containers of the stuff are shipped to a plant in canada goose outlet black friday Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Gas floats above the liquid in these containers; this gas https://www.bamschaatsteam.nl is drawn off and compressed. The gas is loaded into heavy steel tubes, and 10 to 12 canada goose uk outlet tubes are put on each of four flatbed trucks. The day before the parade, the trucks drive into Manhattan for the inflating of the parade balloons. Crews fill the balloons with long hoses, Canada Goose Jackets topping them off on parade day.
Enough to fill 600,000 to 700,000 Mylar party balloons. But the parade canada goose coats on sale helium is 99.999 percent pure, whereas the stuff in a party balloon canada goose outlet might be only 97.5 percent pure. According to Macy Snoopy is as tall as a three canada goose uk shop story building, as long as 11 bicycles and as wide as five taxi canada goose outlet store uk cabs. The big balloons are made up of multiple chambers that are inflated individually.
What happens to the helium after the parade?
It escapes canada goose outlet sale to the atmosphere as the balloons are deflated. In 2008, Linde tried recycling some of the gas by withdrawing it through tubes put into some uk canada goose of the balloons. But Bass Canada Goose Parka said the process was expensive, and there wasn canada goose outlet canada goose black friday sale enough time to recover most of the gas before the streets had to be cleared for traffic.