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up, up, and away... very scary!
« on: October 15, 2009, 11:14:32 AM »
http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=125161&catid=339

How does this happen?  I'm anxiously awaiting live video of this... J.

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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2009, 11:39:25 AM »
Watching live feed of this now... geez... crazy.  Certainly a top news story tonight! Sure hope this kid makes it out of this safely!
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2009, 12:25:09 PM »
Just saw some footage. Holy smoke!

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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2009, 12:30:40 PM »
This is the kind of thing you kind of want to make fun of... but we're talking about a 6 year old kid thousands of feet up in the air.  Yikes!
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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2009, 12:43:52 PM »
Now the news says "balloon lands, rescue crews arrive" but no news of the kid yet.
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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2009, 01:13:02 PM »
Omigosh, I hope he's alive and OK!!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2009, 01:31:35 PM »
Very strange situation. The little boy wasn't in the balloon when it landed. It's speculated that he detatched himself from a basket that was attached to this thing but there's no sign of him. Hope he's ok.

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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2009, 02:01:52 PM »
So here's sort of a weird twist in the story... the little boy who's still missing is the son of an amateur storm chaser who was once featured on the TV show Wife Swap!  I remember watching the episode and thinking wow, this guy is a major nutjob!  I like stomr chasing like any other normal guy but this guy truly is a ilttle goofy.

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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2009, 03:29:52 PM »
hmm. . . appears he was hiding in the attic the whole time. Perhaps afraid he had set the balloon off?
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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2009, 03:36:33 PM »
It doesn't take long in this here intarweb age.... jokes, I mean.


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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2009, 04:55:21 PM »
Thank goodness he's safe!

(I was going to say something about "grounding" him, but I think that would be a really bad joke, so I changed my mind)...  ;D
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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2009, 04:58:13 PM »
I think the little dude and his brother are getting a whoopin' tonight.
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2009, 05:35:08 AM »
reminded me of the kids prank in "12 Monkeys" from the begining
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2009, 06:59:29 AM »
My bet's on publicity.

BTW, The Larry King interview last night was classic.

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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2009, 07:54:28 AM »
sick stuff. was it a hoax? probably.
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Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2009, 08:07:46 AM »
I have a feeling these folks are what I refer to as "14:59ers." They had a little taste of semi-celebrity, being on TV, and as their 15 minutes wind to a close, they just want to stop that second hand--find a way to get themselves back into the light one more time.

And, listening to the father on interviews, chances are the guy's just bugnuts crazy.
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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2009, 02:06:01 PM »
http://gawker.com/5383858/exclusive-i-helped-richard-heene-plan-a-balloon-hoax

Could this be true?  If so, yep, he's batshit nutty.

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Just the Bullet Points: How a Former Assistant Ratted Out Balloon Boy's Dad

Wow. Ready to have your mind blown? A former research assistant who slaved for Richard Heene is revealing the deceptive, tragic master plan that Heene concocted to manufacture a media thunderstorm. This...is completely insane. Here's a bullet-point summary:

    * Robert Thomas is a self-identified "web entrepreneur" and researcher who worked with Richard Heene at Colorado State University. Thomas loved working with science and electromagnetics since he was a kid, and discovered Heene through his wacky YouTube series.

    * Both guys shared interests in mad-scientist questions about the earth's magnetic properties and effects on nature. Thomas starting helping Heene out with his ideas and failing small business, passing out fliers for him.

    * Heene went on Wife Swap, went kinda crazy, and developed a superiority complex. Their friendship became less about a shared interest in science and more about Heene and his increasingly megalomaniaical batshit ideas. Most of them had to do with getting on TV again.

    * Heene wanted to shop his idea around to a producer he was in contact with from Wife Swap.

    * Heene's pitch was: a zany science theory at the beginning of each episode, and at the end, they'd prove or disprove it.

    * Heene was crazily firing episode ideas away a mile a minute, one after the other. Robert, who was writing all these ideas down for Heene, was given $15/hour and was promised a lead assistant position on the show by Heene.

    * Heene thought they'd use the show to further science. Heene was obsessed with becoming a famous nutty professor. That's where the divide happened. Or as Richard wrote: "He wanted episodes that would shock people and maximize his exposure. And he'd been trying for months. On several occasions, he sat down and told me he'd do whatever it took to make it happen to win."

    * Heene's big idea to launch the show: to manufacture a UFO controversy bigger than Roswell, bigger than anything the world had ever seen before.

    * The breaking point: Heene told his then-assistant of Reptilians who could shape-shift that were running the shadow government, and that his fame would enable him to communicate with the masses and expose said Reptillians. He also told Thomas the world was gonna end in a solar flare in 2012, and that they were running out of time.

    * Thomas never got paid for the TV work he did with Heene. He passed out a lot of fliers for Heene's general contractor business, which wasn't bringing in cash. Probably because Heene spent too much time on his conspiracy theories and fame attempts. Heene reassured Thomas that it'd pay off. Thomas saw the crazy and got out of dodge.

    * On Thursday, he sees the balloon go up. And then Heene's lie about the kid. And a friend, remembering a story Thomas once told him about this guy he worked with, called him up and told him he had to turn Heene in.

    * Thomas notes: Heene's attic is too small and difficult to access for a small child to hide in without assistance. Also, that Falcon was the most social, and that those kids never got disciplined by Heene. He never would've hid and feared retribution.

And that's how it went down.

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