Thursday, October 15, 2009

Am I the only one...? (Update: Fake or Real?)

...who breathed a small sigh of relief when I found out that the six-year old boy thought to be drifting in a hot air balloon was both safe inside his garage AND not a homeschooler?
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A flying saucer-shaped helium balloon drifted away from a home in Fort Collins, Colorado Thursday. Contrary to earlier fears, however, there was not a 6-year-old boy inside.
Falcon Heene attends the Poudre School District in Fort Collins which was off today for a teacher work day.

There are some who wonder if the parents should pay for the search and rescue effort. I don't think so. This doesn't appear to be a planned hoax by the parents to deceive but the normal curiosity of a little boy who likes to explore the world around him. It just so happened that his world happened to include a life size helium balloon in his own backyard created by his dad.
"Our biggest fear is that he was inside, he would kick the wires and get electrocuted." "This is a relief. We're going to watch him a lot closer," Richard Heene said.
It sounds like everyone learned a little something. Case closed.

And then maybe not...Was this storm chasing family really chasing fame? The young boy confesses to CNN he "did it for the show."

If his parents were in on it in order to make a movie for the father's Fake or Real YouTube series then I'm REALLY glad they were not homeschoolers! And I hope their movie is banned from YouTube.

Breaking News: If this story couldn't get more bizarre, it's just been announced that Obama was awarded a prize for rescuing balloon boy. Okay, that was a hoax and just one of the more hilarious tweets for #balloonboy.

Update: Wolf Blitzer later questions Richard Heene about Falcon's previous comment, "we did this for the show." The father becomes uneasy and reluctant to reask his son the same question.

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