* "Minnesota Metallurgy & Mining Co." is likely a play on the real-life Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company, more commonly known as http// 3M. 
**As part of Ben's story to Sayid included him owning a company that mined "non-metallic minerals" it is possible the real Henry Gale (original)"MM&MC".
* The balloon was sent out by Charles Widmore as an attempt to find the Island.