Wrong Kind of Balloon Ride

For some people, flying 20,000 or 35,000 feet above the Earth on a plane isn’t exciting enough. They have to strap themselves to a bunch of balloons and fly. A guy named Jonathan Trappe tied 370 helium balloons to a basket, and took off from Maine to fly across the whole Atlantic Ocean. Bummer that just 12 hours into it, his balloons had problems and he had to land in Canada. To this day no one has ballooned across the ocean, so you could try to be the first!

Wee ones: Jonathan’s balloon went up, then down. Look straight up — what do you see? Now look down — what do you see this time?

Little kids: If you have 7 yellow balloons but want 10 in your bunch, how many more do you need to add? Bonus: If you take off on a balloon flight at 5:15pm and fly for 40 minutes, will you land in time for dinner at 6pm?

Big kids: Trappe was 39 years old when he tried this 9 years ago. If he tries again 10 years from now, how old will he be?  Bonus: If each of those 370 balloons can hold up 1 pound, and Trappe weighed 180 pounds, how many pounds could his basket, snacks, etc. weigh all together?

Answers:
Wee ones: Looking up, you might see the ceiling, or the sky! Looking down, you might see carpet, floor, dirt or grass — and your feet.

Little kids: 3 more yellow balloons to make 10. Bonus: Yes, just barely! You’ll land at 5:55pm.

Big kids: 58 years old, since he’s now 48.  Bonus: 190 pounds.

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