Oct. 15th, 2009 09:12 pm
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I was sure it was a joke or hoax. I hope this kid is ok and this is a publicity stunt by his whackjob parents. 

Looks like someone snapped a pic at 11:20am local time as it was taking off.  There is no separate box, the cylindrical 'stalk' under the disc is the compartment, which was cylindrical and made of plywood.  It got crushed somewhere along the route.  It cleared 15,000 feet.  Double shit.


Aaand I'm blubbing like a six year old. 

Date: 2009-10-15 09:05 pm (UTC)
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The video doesn't work with my browser, so I left the website to search for it elsewhere. Immediately upon viewing my homepage, I found the headline No sign of boy said to have floated off on balloon. :\ Oh, hell. That's just... that is absolutely mortifying. I can't even begin to fathom what his parents are going through.

"She ... said his parents are 'very traumatized.'"

Traumatized can't even skim the surface of what his parents are feeling right now, I'm sure. And the brothers who saw him climb into the box? Oh, god, can you imagine the guilt?

Date: 2009-10-15 09:10 pm (UTC)
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blocked by my OP or whatever

Date: 2009-10-15 09:13 pm (UTC)
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When i read it in the booj i thought they were talking about alien abduction, then i realised it wasn't one of their fucked up hypotheticals.

Last i heard the balloon landed in a field but no sign of kiddo.

Date: 2009-10-15 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
there were middle-aged ladies at my work today who didn't pick up their food for 15 minutes because they were following the story on the tv on the other side of the food court...they tried to explain what was going on, and they were just beside themselves about it, nearly in tears

turns out the kid's kooky parents have been on the bottom-of-the-barrel reality tv show 'wife swap' not once but twice...surely will be on youtube soon if not already

a local weatherman (this is all like within 30 miles of me) is currently explaining how the family's "weather balloon" is ridiculous/poorly designed/entirely inappropriate

of course the internet outrage/hilarity over the boy being home the whole time is legendary

all in stuff on a slow news day!

Date: 2009-10-15 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Sometime between the "it's crashed in a field and we don't know where he is" to "he's in a box above the garage" stages of the story, I told the woman cutting my hair that they were either going to find him hiding in the attic or upside down planted to his ankles in someone's backyard garden. Glad it was the former, though.

Someone punted away their Best Parents '09 award, though.

Date: 2009-10-16 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I want those parents to adopt me. They build their own balloons, chase storms, go on crazy reality tv shows... what is not to love about this?!
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