An RP How-Not-To: Twist a Shitty Balloon Bee (an RP series preview!)

Hi RPs! Gina here!

We've been doing a lot of behind the scenes work here at RP, getting ready for an exciting fall relaunch! Coming up: Better live events in an amazing new venue! More skill-building field trips!

AND MORE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

In advance of our new how-to series, here's an RP fail to hold you over! I'm coming to terms with the fact that I probably won't be hired for a kid's birthday party any time so. 

(Many thanks to our friend and Renaissance Person, David Trudo, for taking the photos of these instructions!)

1. Fill your animal balloon with air.

You can use a pump, but ours was broken, so instead I brought myself to the brink of passing out 20-30 times. Here's the trick to blowing up an animal balloon by mouth: stretch it out a few times first, then when you start trying to blow it up pinch it a couple of inches from the opening. Once the air fills that small area, the rest of the balloon is much easier to blow up.

  Stop inflating the balloon with about three inches to spare. If you don't, not only will your bee have a terrible stinger, but your balloon WILL. POP. EVERY. TIME. RIP 100 could-have-been-balloon-  bees.

Stop inflating the balloon with about three inches to spare. If you don't, not only will your bee have a terrible stinger, but your balloon WILL. POP. EVERY. TIME. RIP 100 could-have-been-balloon-bees.

2. Cross the ends of the balloon (with the non-tied end being about three inches longer than the knotted end.)

Twist. Pop it. Blow up a new balloon. Twist. Watch it untwist. Finally get it twisted. 

Realize around this point that your balloon is green and not yellow.

3. Grab the center of the loop under the twist. Pull it up to the twist and twist it into the twist. 

                         Girl, I know.

                        Girl, I know.

4. Nice airplane. Sort of. 

Gina Leggett