Today we salute you, Mr. Balloon Mall Vendor Guy. For years the world seemed content with that typical but boring round balloon shape in a variety of sizes and colors. But then along came mylar balloons - and skylines around the world changed overnight. Balloons shaped like dolphins, tigers, zebras, Tweetie Bird and Barbie were suddenly in demand by annoying 7-year-olds whining at the malls until Mommy bought them one. But that's not the end of the story. Wait for the crying as the overpriced helium-filled balloons end up separated from those chubby little fingers and float up to the ceiling of the mall. I wonder how many customers come running back to the poor guy demanding another one because theirs wound up floating up to the ceiling? So crack open a bottle of your favorite flavored non-alcoholic beer and salute that familiar but under-appreciated hero, Mr. Balloon Mall Vendor Guy.