Thursday, 15 October 2009

Expect rightwing batshit crazies to spin this.

A very strange event, one with a potential tragic and fatal outcome, currently holds the US in thrall.

A 6-year-old boy climbed into a small homemade aircraft — a balloon resembling a flying saucer — and floated thousands of metres into the air in Colorado on Thursday, local media said. But when the balloon came to earth, there was no sign of the passenger.

The Denver Post newspaper reported that the boy got into the aircraft, which it described as a "home-made flying saucer" at his family's home in Fort Collins and that it then came loose from its tether.

The father of the boy, Richard Heene, said he had been experimenting with the balloon with his sons, floating it just above the ground while it was tethered by ropes. His son, six-year-old Falcon Heene, is said to have climbed into the basket and the ropes came undone. Another brother ran into the house and alerted the parents, according to police.

A National Guard chopper was trailing the balloon which was at one time estimated to be traveling at an altitude of 8,000 feet when it began to lose helium and come back to earth.

It will be interesting to watch the contortions that the usual US rightwing religious batshit crazies, birthers and assorted haters will execute in order to blame this on their president.

UPDATE (by fh): The boy is fine. He was hiding at home the whole time.


Anonymous said...

Such extrodinary creativity was already tapped out during the previous 8 years with the opposition...

sassy said...

wooooooo .... WHO transported him from the ballon to the box in the attic?

Very happy to hear the little guy is OK. Imagine the conversation around the dinner table in that household this evening, but I'm sure it will provide a few laughs years from now.

CK said...

The Evangelicals would have a field day. After all, they distrust science & the little boy's dad is a scientist.

Stephen Wilson said...

I wondered if the flying saucer balloon project was really big enough to carry a six-year-old, so I did a little math.

Ferdzy said...

Oh brother. He is SOOO grounded, lol.

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