Nebraska's 70-year tradition of releasing red balloons into the air after the first touchdown of every game has been put on hold because of a helium shortage.
Yes, a helium shortage.
The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting that Nebraska will release a paltry 2,000-2,500 balloons -- half of the normal haul -- into the air after the first touchdown the Big Red scores against Southern Miss in the season opener on Sept. 1, but after that fleeting moment, the tradition that has been around since the 1940s will be no more.
"That way, Big Red fans can take pictures with both their cameras and their minds while media and staff photographers commemorate the occasion with photos that just might define a historical footnote," Randy York wrote on Huskers.com.
I think we can all blame global warming on this unfortunate turn of events.
Apparently, Lincoln has become one of the hardest hit areas for helium reserves. According to the story, grocery stores and party supply companies have stopped filling helium balloons, which has caused an increase in crying children all over the state. [emphasis mine]
Of course, there is no connection given (because there isn't any), no evidence presented (because atmospheric temperatures have nothing to do with helium), nor elaboration. Apparently just dropping in a gratuitous reference to global warming is sufficient because it is responsible for most of the evils on earth.
Global warming: Is there anything it can't do?!
Hat tip: WattsUpWithThat