Birthday, Christmas and New Year's all in the same week??? That is cause for a smile. And a balloon. If your day didn't make you smile, stop on your way home and get a balloon. They can do wonders for the psyche. Helium filled ones also make your voice sound funny when you inhale! On this day in 1854 the McDonald Islands were discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang. He then ordered a Big Mac, a small fry and a Diet Coke.