Friday, October 16, 2009

Be honest, you fell for it, didn't you?

Yesterday afternoon found us all captivated by the balloon boy story. For those of you that didn't hear about this, good for you, but I will fill you in. This family of whack jobs in Colorado, who had previously appeared on the ABC show "Wife Swap", created this balloon thing that they were planning to use to track storms and perform experiments with. At some point yesterday afternoon it was said that the families 6 year old son had climbed into a compartment in the balloon and it then became untethered, taking off, setting off a search that included military helicopters and a plan to either lower a person to the craft or place weights on the balloon to bring it down. Officials rerouted planes around the balloon's flight path and briefly shut down Denver International Airport. When the balloon finally came back to earth it had traveled about 50 miles over the course of 2 hours. The "scary" part of the story is that when the balloon landed, the little boy was nowhere to be found. Speculation that he fell at some point along the journey started to creep in. It turns out that the little boy was hiding in the attic of the garage, too scared to come down because he thought he got yelled at.

Now, I thought this story was straight from the National Enquirer, one page after the story of George Bush shaking hands with an alien. I didn't believe a word of it, sounded too far fetched to be real. Well, turns out I was right. Now, the big question is, was this a publicity stunt or a giant misunderstanding? The 6 year old claims "You had said that we did this for a show." On the other hand, the father says accusations that the ordeal was a publicity stunt are "extremely pathetic." I think this wreaks of somebody trying to get some attention. Think about it, if they are able to utilize their balloon thingy to get some valuable storm tracking info, they are going to sell the shit out of this balloon. They stand to potentially gain financially from this. Plus, it's not like they are camera shy, with the kids featured in a rap music video on YouTube and the whole family appearing on the ABC show "Wife Swap." If you ask me this is absolutely a publicity stunt. I think the family should be charged with the cost of the search and rescue effort, and if I were a resident of Colorado, or had a flight in or out of Denver International Airport yesterday, I would be PISSED at these knuckleheads, I'm just saying...