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100 water balloons in 1 minute?! Dad tests awesome device out on Carson

July 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM ET

Tired of spending time endlessly tying water balloons instead of having fun during hot summer days with his family, a Texas father of eight came up with a genius idea to save time. 

Video: A dad shows Carson Daly his invention, “Bunch O Balloons,” a device that quickly pumps out water balloons that tie themselves.

Josh Malone, 41, invented Bunch O Balloons, a set-up that can fill 100 water balloons in under a minute. As he showed in an impromptu water balloon fight against an undermanned Carson Daly on Rockefeller Plaza during TODAY Tuesday, it goes way faster than the conventional method of filling balloons one at a time. 

Inventor Josh Malone showed off his Bunch O Balloons invention to Carson Daly that can fill 100 water balloons in less than a minute.
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Inventor Josh Malone showed off his Bunch O Balloons invention to Carson Daly that can fill 100 water balloons in less than a minute.

Bunch of Balloons features an attachment that can go on the nozzle of a regular garden hose and pumps directly into a rubberized tree of 37 water balloons that are already tied, filling them in seconds. The only other thing that is needed is a bucket of water to catch the balloons, which can be shaken free from the hose attachment in seconds, ready to be fired at a family member or friend on a hot day. 

The Bunch O Balloons invention works with an attachment on a simple garden hose and a bucket of water to catch the filled balloons.
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The Bunch O Balloons invention works with an attachment on a simple garden hose and a bucket of water to catch the filled balloons.
Carson and his one slowly-filled water balloon were no match for Malone and his bucket full of quickly-filled ones during a water balloon fight in Rockefeller Plaza.
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Carson and his one slowly-filled water balloon were no match for Malone and his bucket full of quickly-filled ones during a water balloon fight in Rockefeller Plaza.

"It's a good outdoor activity,'' Malone told Daly. "It gets you together with the kids. We just got really tired of tying water balloons." 

Malone, who has eight children with his wife Alison ranging from four to 18 years old, launched a Kickstarter campaign on July 22 for the product that has already raised more than $600,000 in a week. The money will be used to ramp up production of Bunch O Balloons, which sold out in 24 hours after he started the Kickstarter campaign. 

"I'm a thinker, I'm an inventor, I think about better ways of doing things, and I had a lot of time on my hands to think about better ways to do water balloons,'' Malone said. 

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