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MythBusters Episode 21: Ping-Pong Rescue

Premier Date: November 3, 2004

Ping-pong balls can be used to raise a sunken ship.


Even though it took an impractically large number of ping-pong balls (27,000), when enough of them were piped into the Mythtanic II, the boat rose to the surface.

A 4 year old child can be lifted by a bunch of party balloons.


It would require such a large number of balloons (3,500) to lift an average 4 year old girl just a few feet off the ground that there is no way the myth could have happened unintentionally.