Offbeat

By Hannah McFadyen


This little balloon might very well be the oldest one in existence.

The 27-year-old piece of plastic has stood the test of time and remains as inflated now as it was on the day it was bought.

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It was bought as a gift for Jordan Lynam on the day of his birth and reads ‘It’s a boy’.

Miraculously, the balloon has survived 27 years and being packed and unpacked throughout three house moves.

Jordan, a club entertainer from Castle Vale, Birmingham, says that how that the balloon hasn’t popped yet is a bit of a mystery.

Despite this, he says he’ll have to take extra-special care of it from now on due to its rarity.

Jordan said:“I’ve had it 27 years, 27 and half to be exact – it was a gift from my aunt.

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“It’s been through three house moves – being squashed, dropped and pressed up against cabinets.

“I don’t know how it’s survived all these years: that’s the mystery behind it, that’s the magic.

“It’s still full to the brim with air – and full of magic!

“I haven’t been able to find anyone out there with an older balloon – I think it may very well be a world record.

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“It came along with another balloon and even though that one’s mostly deflated now, it probably lasted for about 18 years.

“The other ones naturally lost its air over time; it’s still got a touch of air in it.

“Up until now, we’ hadn’t taken special care of it – it coincidence that it’s somehow kept alive

“I think I’ll have to take better care of it now though as it’s so rare and it is quite precious to me.”