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Before we get to clowning, let’s talk about balloons. Sometimes when clowns come to parties they bring balloons. Sometimes they even twist and contort them into different shapes. We’ve all been at children’s birthday parties where a long skinny balloon is transformed into an adorable dog.

And then there are spy balloons. It seems bizarre that the Chinese would send out a big balloon for surveillance purposes given how noticeable it is, but I guess we will find out more about what its mission was when the recovered equipment in it is analyzed. …[more]