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Birthday Party Clowns Celebrating After House Votes To Avoid Helium Shortage

We can only imagine birthday party clowns everywhere breaking out into huge, comic sighs of relief after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 394-1 today to avoid a looming helium shortage. We’re going to go ahead and guess that the person who voted against the measure is terrified of clowns. [via the Wall Street Journal]

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Nationwide Helium Shortage Could Sink Your Summertime Party Decorations

Nationwide Helium Shortage Could Sink Your Summertime Party Decorations

While some people think of helium as being a never-ending source of floating balloons and chipmunk voices, the relatively warm winter of 2012 has apparently resulted in a nationwide helium shortage that could leave summer weddings and parties with fewer floating decorations than people had hoped for.

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Helium Shortage Makes Clowns Cry on the Inside

Pity the clowning industry. Thanks to a global helium shortage, helium balloons, mainstay of spoiled children’s birthday parties, will be hard to come by in coming weeks.