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03.07.2011
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It seems like a job for the Mythbusters, but the team at National Geographic's upcoming series How Hard Can It Be? stepped up to the plate and decided to see if it was possible to float a house using balloons across the sky, as seen in Pixar's UP.

As it turns out, yes, you can, though only if you happen to be a midget. They used 300 helium filled balloons to launch a 16x16 ft house 10,000 feet in the air. Using math, you would think that the experiment would be scalable, and you'd be able to do the same for a full size house if you had access to enough balloons. Or did I fail physics?

It's a short clip, but it's pretty cool to see the fabled house in action, as 10,000 feet up, anything looks small.

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Extra Tidbit: So uh, where did it end up?
Source: Nat GeoSlashfilm

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6:56PM on 03/07/2011
Awesome, now get to work on the dog vocalizer
Awesome, now get to work on the dog vocalizer
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4:57PM on 03/07/2011

SQUIRREL!

I saw this on 20/20 last night and it was just amazing. The news anchor mentioned that the house had a manned crew piloting the thing, but for some reason the video didn't show it. Maybe they're saving it for the NatGeo special, but I wanted to see just HOW they were flying the damn thing and if they had parachutes or some type of lifeline incase the rig failed.
I saw this on 20/20 last night and it was just amazing. The news anchor mentioned that the house had a manned crew piloting the thing, but for some reason the video didn't show it. Maybe they're saving it for the NatGeo special, but I wanted to see just HOW they were flying the damn thing and if they had parachutes or some type of lifeline incase the rig failed.
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