::POP CULTURE::This remarkable photoset
of people popping balloons at MakerFaire 2006 floods my body with joy. Seriously! Look at the faces of the balloon-popping people -- they range from afraid to goofy to reverent to ecstatic.
And then, defying description, there's the goatse one
Also, I'm amazed at the rip patterns of (what I assume are) latex balloons. They tear in straight lines or in crosses, not in the all-over destruction-shear shapes I imagined, which were stunningly similar to what I remember of the end of the Death Star.