Talk:2766: Helium Reserve

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So, uh... is the reason he can't say it out loud because he inhaled it all and the squeaky voice would give it away? LtPowers (talk) 12:34, 22 April 2023 (UTC)

That was my first thought. Darthpoppins (talk) 12:39, 22 April 2023 (UTC)

What do I say about the person who was in charge of giving me sole control of the helium reserves? I would definitely speak highly of him! 15:42, 22 April 2023 (UTC)

I think he cannot say anything loud because helium is stored in porous rock underground (here is Tom Scott's video on it: and it is embarrassing to say that you just pump expensive gas into the ground. not sure tho 16:59, 22 April 2023 (UTC)

Wouldn't that be just as embarassing to write down? "say out loud" clearly implies that the joke is about the squeaky voice. The last paragraph, with the "more realistic explanation", seems unnecessary. Barmar (talk) 21:40, 22 April 2023 (UTC)
Yeah, I originally thought he just made a bunch of helium balloons or something, which floated away, but the "out loud" part does seem to imply inhalation. Given the implication of culpability/embarrassment preventing him from answering the question, I definitely think an accidental leak is not the intended explanation. It should be something frivolous, and I think that "out loud" part of the caption makes helium inhalation the most likely explanation. 14:36, 23 April 2023 (UTC)

Side note: Cody's Lab created a series of videos where he's not only using lighter-than-air gases, but also heavier-than-air gases. --JakubNarebski (talk) 20:50, 22 April 2023 (UTC)

I would guess the remark about the government being embarrassed has to with the sell-off of the reserve being a bit of a political football since 1996 (talk) 01:31, 23 April 2023 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

What, no joke about MRI? I'm disappointed... 12:58, 24 April 2023 (UTC)

I thought he'd have to say the helium disappeared into thin air, and that it would've been too much if a dad joke :D 18:26, 25 April 2023 (UTC)

I was actually thinking that the helium would have left earth and been attracted by Uranus gravity for some reason... it went up Uranus! 17:17, 26 April 2023 (UTC)

Another interpretation is that Cueball's voice was too high-pitched for a human to percieve 02:30, 1 November 2023 (UTC)