Today's Darwin moment: Acetylene balloon plus static electricity = expanded Oldsmobile

Heh - a pair of unnamed Colorado residents were introduced to the fun of blown-out windows (and eardrums) after making the discovery that balloons will pick up a lot of static electricity when sliding across a car seat. Normally this isn't a problem, but when a balloon is filled with, say, acetylene, problems ensue.

Autoblog does not endorse the idea of filling balloons with a highly combustible mixture of oxygen and acetylene, but if one feels the need to do such a thing (we've all been there), then let's be somewhat intelligent and not attempt to transport these accidents waiting to happen.

[Hat tip: Vodkapundit]

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