Big Balloons that are not round

Mendel

Senior Member.
Often, objects that hover in the sky are unidentified if they don't look like common balloons. Especially party balloons come in many shapes and sizes. But even bigger ballons can have oval or irregular shapes, and I feel it'd be good to collect some examples.


https://secretmelbourne.com/skywhale-hot-air-balloons/
The Skywhale family were created by artist Patricia Piccinini.
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A few non-round balloons I photographed while flying kites for a balloon festival in 2008 on Long Island, NY.
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And of course the paper balloons of several Latin American festivals, not as big as the above but pretty big, compared to party balloons and such, come in an array of shapes.
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I once saw a "What the heck is THAT thing?" object in the sky, and tailed it, driving several miles before getting a good look. It was a smiling crescent-moon-shaped hot air balloon floating over my neighborhood ...and not the flying banana that it first appeared to be!
 
"This was just a really thin black plastic bag you'd fill with air, seal, and then set out in the sun," said the man, who asked not to be identified but posted under the Reddit handle thatsboots3010. "The sun would heat the air in the black bag and the bag would become buoyant and float."

They set out to replicate it and succeeded in creating a more than 30-foot balloon made of trash bags that floated to the heavens when warmed by the sun. And they didn't give it a passing thought.

"We thought nothing at the time of it getting away other than, 'Well damn, now we have to make another one,'" said one of the backyard scientists in an interview with NJ Advance Media.

What they didn't know was their trash balloon almost immediately caused a panic up and down the Route 22 corridor.

People quickly spotted the long, slender object in the sky and began calling into local radio stations. Others, apparently more concerned about the unidentified flying object, called 911, briefly tying up phone lines at several law enforcement offices in Somerset County.

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They set out to replicate it and succeeded in creating a more than 30-foot balloon made of trash bags that floated to the heavens when warmed by the sun. And they didn't give it a passing thought.

What they didn't know was their trash balloon almost immediately caused a panic up and down the Route 22 corridor.

People quickly spotted the long, slender object in the sky and began calling into local radio stations. Others, apparently more concerned about the unidentified flying object, called 911, briefly tying up phone lines at several law enforcement offices in Somerset County.

So we have evidence that people will think any old rubbish is a UFO, and will believe any old nonsense even if it's just hot air?
 
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