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Video: This Dad’s Home Video Trumps Common Core Education

Posted on April 22, 2014

YouTube channel “Smarter Everyday” has a new video out that explains why balloons seemingly choose to defy the laws of physics in a minivan.

Alright, there’s a much simpler and more intelligent explanation for the “baffling balloon behavior.”

But it’s more fun to let this dad explain it to his kids, at least one of whom has a GoPro camera strapped to his head. In just two days, the video already has more than 624,000 views on YouTube:

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12 thoughts on “Video: This Dad’s Home Video Trumps Common Core Education

  1. This dad rocks.

  2. Patrick Duffy says:

    Common core would teach that the balloon must move in the opposite direction because it needs to be 'equalized' with the rest of the air in the car.

  3. Let's nominate this guy for Teacher of the Year

  4. SuperDave2 says:


  5. I love watching Dad's with their kids. A terrific way to use the time with kids having fun and teaching them something useful.

  6. I learned something from this video, too, and I'm 66 years old. This dad is entirely too intelligent to be a public school teacher; the union and administration would not tolerate his captivating and delightful approach to teaching basic physics.

  7. Wapitiman says:

    I am curious. I agree with the motion of the pendulum, but, would the balloon act the way it does if all the windows and the vent were closed?

  8. The answer is "yes". The jar full of water is sealed. also, right? The principle is still the same.; the air in the van is heavier than the helium in the balloon, the acceleration causes it to move to the rear of the van faster which causes the balloon to move forward.

  9. bruce mc says:

    oh goodness…that Dad used a weapon (the knife to cut the string) in front of his kids….Call the pc police and have him arrested…

  10. New School says:

    Barry Pepper.

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