Balloon shapes


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starting this thread for odd balloon shapes like @Mick West once suggested we do.

mostly i saw this strange shape and will never remember it if it becomes a ufo.
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@ZW a bath pillow isnt a balloon.
If it blows away, it is an airborne inflatable object which might be seen as a UFO, a thing acting as a "balloon" no matter what its original purpose is. Ditto things intended for use as a pool float.
If it blows away, it is an airborne inflatable object which might be seen as a UFO, a thing acting as a "balloon" no matter what its original purpose is. Ditto things intended for use as a pool float.
it would take a tornado to keep a bath pillow up that high.
Hey folks

Given that a lot of UFO / UAP turn out to be "probably" balloons, I thought maybe it would make sense to start a collection of odd shaped balloons that are hard to google.

Im fully aware that there are infinite designs but its easier to scroll through a thread of already not so common designs than search for them on google.

The idea is that we just add a balloon when we come across it and think it is worthy for this collection.

Hopefully it comes in handy for some old or future cases.

For example its easy to search for a "silver balloon" but harder if the shape or design is not describable:


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Worth noting the Spiderman posted by Monkeesage above (and other similar balloons) come in sections, so in addition to the odd shape of the assembled balloon, you also potentially have a bunch of unique sub shapes. Pieces are held together by sticky stuff.
Next level stuff here:

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I had previously referenced Festo's BionicOpter in my post on flapping drones. Their floating jellyfish could probably cause a UFO sighting or two as well.
Was looking through my eclipse videos and I had forgotten I captured a balloons IFO. Shows how amorphous the shape can look as they are blowing and tumbling around.

Ps. It's a true color video, it really was completely overcast and gray and we only barely got to see the edge of the Sun once or twice and not at at all during totality. Sigh, there's always next 20 years.