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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.