#790 – Twister

I was scared to try and make balloon animals when I was a kid. The anticipation of the balloon popping drove me nuts. I really just liked to inflate them and then let them fly around the room. I wonder if anyone has invented an air compressor attachment that is a rapid fire balloon inflater/launcher. I guess that wouldn’t be a very accurate weapon.

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25 thoughts on “#790 – Twister”

  1. Lich King says:

    tok m awhile to get it until i read the WATER part. its still funny though

  2. Michael says:

    My favourite kind of Biff joke, this one. The kind of thing that just makes you facepalm at what Biff was trying to do.

  3. MadDavid says:

    Actually, “snake” is pretty good for a water-ballon animal.

  4. Matt Lee says:

    I can make a water balloon Pat Sajak’s head and a paramecium and a French Poodle…out of the same balloon…at the same time. Ha!

  5. Matt Lee says:

    Try harder, Biff. Takes some practice.

  6. SEA says:

    The anticipitation of the balloon popping…i do not enjoy it. D:

  7. Dzelda says:

    Knowing Biff, hes lucky he didnt try filling them with hydrogen or gas. XD

    THAT woulda ended with a bang.

  8. Nilly says:

    @Dzelda: Only if he used fire to pop them, and in any case helium is non-reactant. Hydrogen is, but it’s nowhere NEAR as loud (or shockwave-ish) as a hydrogen-oxygen mix. My ears are still ringing from that demo in chem class…

    I fail at making balloon animals. But my chem teacher was a master at it, he’d make hats and dogs and giraffes and you name it, he could make it. It was originally for a 30 minute show he used to do for a news channel, but when that stopped he couldn’t see why he shouldn’t continue balloon animals. They’re actually pretty amusing to put in a vacuum. XD

  9. Klear says:

    At first I thought it was blood what covered Biff, so I had problems reading the text correctly. At some point I read water-mellon animals, probably an unconscious attempt to turn the blood into something harmless.

  10. Not sure if we’ve ever seen Biff with a “WTF?” look on his face until now.

  11. BeefUnit says:

    Hey Chris,

    How well do you handle those Pillsbury dough canisters where you strip off the outer layer and it pops open? My wife can’t stand those for the same reason as the balloons popping. I usually end up chasing her around the house with the bisquit canister (:

  12. Chris says:

    @BeefUnit – Haha, yeah those drive me nuts as well 🙂

  13. Peter says:

    I totally thought that was blood on Biff, and that he was trying to make water balloons out of animals. Remember in “Shrek” (or is it Shrek 2?) when he makes a snake into a baloon? I thought that was what Biff was doing. Took me a few disgusted seconds to realize he is just making animals out of water baloons.

    Anyway, I think it might work if you remember to leave more slack in the baloon. Like when making air-baloon-animals you don’t fill the baloon all the way or it will pop, it should work with water as well. But that is gonna be a very heavy baloon, those are pretty big baloons that they use to make animals out of.

  14. MaskedMan says:

    I also initially thought of shrapnel wounds… But whatever. The fact is, Ic an’t make regular balloon animals, unlis you count ‘stick’ or ‘banana’ as a baloon animal. No doubt, water balloon animals *would* give me shrapnel wounds!

    Embarasingly, my pre-teen daughter can turn out balloon animals like a veteran circus clown on crank. 😛

  15. Twilightfairy says:

    it’s the effort that counts biff.

  16. baughbe says:

    My favorite balloon trick was in the movie ‘The Mask’. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a balloon Tommy-gun ever since.

  17. Zach Light says:

    …..balloon animals, oh those delightful little things, how I used to get one at my cousins partys and pop them against a cactus, then ask for another, and another, and another, then they’ed make a sword a shield and I stop bothering everyone

  18. 5butjam says:

    Woah…just finished reading every single Biff, now I have 19 Webcomics to check daily…need to find my twentieth some time soon…

    Also need to decide whether to order the books…or a wireless keyboard and mouse…

  19. Chris says:

    @5butjam – Personally, I’d go for the books. 🙂

  20. -2! says:

    Theme guesses:

    – Summer week
    – Balloon Week
    – Water Week
    – Liquid Week
    – Only week
    – Animal Week
    – Snake Week
    – Bad Combinations week

    Yes, only 8 things, I am tired

  21. weerd2normal says:

    if you inflate a balloon in a paper towel roll, and make some kind of nose cone, it will fly somewat accuratly chris

  22. Radical Edward says:

    Try again, Biff. Try again.

    I hate when balloons pop.

  23. MadDavid says:

    @weerd2normal: Balloon rocketry FTW! 🙂

  24. Hark A Hamster says:

    I’m guessing it’s summer week.

  25. 5butjam says:

    @ Chris

    Hmmm…I have enough for the best set of 4 books while the dollar is still weaker than Sterling…but the XKCD store is so tempting..and my wall is so bland!!!!

    And wired keyboards annoy me, I’ve spilt about 5 litres of orange in the past two months…

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