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How To Fill An Office With Balloons

I try to have as much fun at work as humanly possible (also without getting fired) and while I never really consider any day to be off-limits for pulling pranks in the office, April Fools is a day that I can't resist passing up. This year a subset of us filled one of our founders' office with balloons which was particularly nice to look at since the office has tall windows. Pictures follow:

If you're thinking about pulling this prank yourself, you should definitely take a look at the pictures. There are between 500 and 600 balloons there and it's really only filled to 4 feet or so. The office itself is probably less than 100 square feet in area. This took about 2.5 hours with 3-4 people and (the important thing) a 1hp, 3 gallon air compressor. One person used the compressor while the other 2-3 people tied the filled balloons off. I suggest more or a faster air compressor if possible since that was the bottleneck most of the time. For more fillage, get more balloons! Another 200-300 balloons would have probably put us at 6 ft or more which is really impressive. Get those balloons cheap, too. Definitely go dollar store balloon shopping for packs of no less than 25. Here's a photo that one of my coworkers captured after some of the balloons were moved out of the office:

Ben in his balloon-covered office

And here's a flickr set from another coworker.


Well done. :)

April 5, 2008
10:17 PM

From btrott

We did this a couple of months ago to a buddy in the office. We were bigger jerks though and hid items inside of those oversized punching balloons so he'd have to find them.

August 28, 2008
1:03 PM

From jamEs -

That is absolutely hilarious! The guy looks like a good sport about it. When you can't beat 'em...join 'em! ;)

November 3, 2008
9:19 AM

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