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(CNN)   Balloon down, no sign of boy as search parties begin fanning out. UPDATE: FOUND, safe, was hiding in a box in the garage attic   ( cnn.com) divider line
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2009-10-15 10:08:18 PM  
Anderson Cooper says we get to hear from the Heede family shortly.

Boy, for a man who didn't want to give an interview, Mr. Heede sure is letting it all hang out. First Wolf, now Anderson.
 
2009-10-15 10:08:26 PM  
Wolfe re-asks it later and daddy takes the defensive "I'm appalled"
 
2009-10-15 10:08:42 PM  
assholes.

Time to fire up that balloon again and put mom and dad on board.
 
2009-10-15 10:09:08 PM  
Uh-oh...

SOMEBODY just got found out!
 
2009-10-15 10:11:30 PM  
Well if he didn't get spanked before, he will now.
 
2009-10-15 10:11:31 PM  

TheNyquilKid: phr00t: Marshall Banana: phr00t: Blitzer: "So, why did the kid say this was all for the show? Can you ask the kid to clarify?"

Dad: "Ummm... what was that?"

Blitzer: "Ask him why he said it was for the show."

Dad: "Umm..." (hesitating) "No, no.."

Blitzer: "We just are curious..."

Dad: "Ummm, no... I'm appalled you would ask me to clarify that, I wasn't even going to do this interview. I'm appalled you would ask that."

Blitzer: "This isn't an unusual question."

TV GOLD.

Damn I wish I had seen that - tuned in two minutes too late. This is the money quote for the whole day.

Watch the news media ignore it now.

This will be on YouTube, for sure. It was the most entertaining thing I've seen on TV for awhile. :)

There ya go (new window)


Thank you! Now we just need the part at the end where Blitzer presses them on the question. That was very rewarding!
 
2009-10-15 10:11:33 PM  
Anderson Cooper: "You know what's really sad? I just realized I watched that episode of Wife Swap."
 
2009-10-15 10:11:45 PM  

gas giant: FarkFish: "im a paul"?

Nice simulpost.


twiners.....
 
2009-10-15 10:13:35 PM  
Neighbor Guy sure doesn't want the freak family pissed off at him, does he?
 
2009-10-15 10:13:37 PM  

crazywisdom_uk: cops-$20,000
cop choppers-$50,000
media choppers-$30,000
airtime-(if they paid for it) $250,000

For a grand total of $300,000, maybe more.


Buh?
 
2009-10-15 10:13:46 PM  

Wastepaper Jetpack: Time to fire up that balloon again and put mom and dad on board.


That thing was 10' across and probably couldn't have lifted a milk jug.
"Scientist" dad is either completely unaware of the laws of physics or lying his ass off.
 
2009-10-15 10:14:29 PM  

Merry Sunshine: Neighbor Guy sure doesn't want the freak family pissed off at him, does he?


I thought exactly the same thing.
 
2009-10-15 10:14:33 PM  
this family will be seen walking the red carpet at the
2009 Pinocchio Awards.
 
2009-10-15 10:14:51 PM  
If I had that kid's parents I'd try to fly away in a giant balloon, too. RUN KID ITS NOT TOO LATE
 
2009-10-15 10:15:37 PM  
So very, very scripted. I heard one of the kids on a FOX clip spit out a fast, erudite answer about how the balloon got away, "we didn't tie it properly."

10 points, kid! You remembered the line!
 
2009-10-15 10:16:35 PM  

TheNyquilKid: phr00t: Marshall Banana: phr00t: Blitzer: "So, why did the kid say this was all for the show? Can you ask the kid to clarify?"

Dad: "Ummm... what was that?"

Blitzer: "Ask him why he said it was for the show."

Dad: "Umm..." (hesitating) "No, no.."

Blitzer: "We just are curious..."

Dad: "Ummm, no... I'm appalled you would ask me to clarify that, I wasn't even going to do this interview. I'm appalled you would ask that."

Blitzer: "This isn't an unusual question."

TV GOLD.

Damn I wish I had seen that - tuned in two minutes too late. This is the money quote for the whole day.

Watch the news media ignore it now.

This will be on YouTube, for sure. It was the most entertaining thing I've seen on TV for awhile. :)

There ya go (new window)


Did the dad audibly crap his pants just after that? 0:41 mark
 
2009-10-15 10:17:44 PM  

Crown_of_Shoes: So very, very scripted. I heard one of the kids on a FOX clip spit out a fast, erudite answer about how the balloon got away, "we didn't tie it properly."

10 points, kid! You remembered the line!


Yeah, that's sure a long way from "You guys said... [long pause] um... [pause] we did it... for a show."
 
2009-10-15 10:18:02 PM  
Go get 'em Wolf.

Course, it would have been nice if you had pursued Cheney and Bush this way.
 
2009-10-15 10:20:46 PM  
Was anybody earlier saying that the damn balloon looked way too small and flimsy to carry 50+ lbs. of six-year-old?
 
2009-10-15 10:21:08 PM  

PowerSlacker: Did the dad audibly crap his pants just after that? 0:41 mark


Squirrrr!
Not the only thing that stinks here.
 
2009-10-15 10:22:02 PM  
Wolf right here and now!

/obscure?
 
2009-10-15 10:22:14 PM  

Crown_of_Shoes: Was anybody earlier saying that the damn balloon looked way too small and flimsy to carry 50+ lbs. of six-year-old?


Nope. No one had thought about that, actually.
 
2009-10-15 10:25:42 PM  
Lex, is there a thread that us liters are missing out on? I thought that the media would be ready to crucify these parents (and Farkers as well) for making them all look foolish...
 
2009-10-15 10:26:54 PM  

Farkin' Uke: Lex, is there a thread that us liters are missing out on? I thought that the media would be ready to crucify these parents (and Farkers as well) for making them all look foolish...


Yeah....that made no sense...
that's what you get when you split your attention from October baseball...
 
2009-10-15 10:29:58 PM  

Farkin' Uke: Lex, is there a thread that us liters are missing out on? I thought that the media would be ready to crucify these parents (and Farkers as well) for making them all look foolish...


ahh, I have no clue... I tend not to look at TF, too much going on. It makes me panicky.

I just pay for the little flag next to my handle and the smug superiority it brings.

: )
 
2009-10-15 10:32:06 PM  
The punchline to all of this comes tomorrow morning when all the banks in Fort Collins discovered they were robbed while everyone was watching the ballon and all the cops were chasing it.
 
2009-10-15 10:36:49 PM  
I JUST HEARD THAT ANOTHER BOY IN A BALLOON STRUCK THE PENTAGON!
 
2009-10-15 10:37:52 PM  

Orthodox: I JUST HEARD THAT ANOTHER BOY IN A BALLOON STRUCK THE PENTAGON!


Joke's already been done, sorry.
 
2009-10-15 10:39:13 PM  

jennyz: Orthodox: I JUST HEARD THAT ANOTHER BOY IN A BALLOON STRUCK THE PENTAGON!

Joke's already been done, sorry.


Yes, but was it posted in all caps?
 
2009-10-15 10:41:38 PM  
Called 'mylar balloon' on page 11 of the original thread. Surprised it only hit 7,000ft though. Must have been a partial fill with the weight of whatever goofy box/attachments were on the bottom restricting its height.

Glad to hear the kid's alright.
 
2009-10-15 10:42:52 PM  
This is good. Now the father will get the grant he needs to develop hover cars and solve world hunger.
 
2009-10-15 10:51:59 PM  
My theory:

1. Dad thinks he's going to be a world-famous inventor. Convinces wife, breeds, convinces children.

2. Dad goes to Hollywood and only lands a gig as "kooky mad scientist" to go aside "kooky psychic" on ABC's Wife Swap.

3. Riches and opportunities do not follow, so plan B comes about.

4. Dad explains to eager family that he will launch one of his sons into orbit or some shiat. This will be like Sputnik for the family and they will at last get famous.

5. It soon dawns on him that his little contraption is a death trap and/or it won't carry a kid's weight, so he hatches a plan where they pretend like the kid went up in the balloon. Plan C, if you will.

6. Record numbers of police and fire officials ensue. Dad freaks out, didn't think plan all the way through. "Finds" kid in attic. Feeds everyone stories.

7 Mug for camera and -KEEEERASH!!!!- six-year-old spills the beans.

Fast-forward to 2015, Dad featured on reality TV show aside Joe the Plumber.
 
2009-10-15 11:00:12 PM  
AND, the reason why the kid said "For the show," was because he was stage-directed in the little video they shot, he was told they were making a "show."

Which was supposed to create a "fake" story that he really was in the balloon, were this not to go awry. It was just that nobody was supposed to freak out and chase the thing down.
 
2009-10-15 11:12:59 PM  
Welcome back Carmine Falcone.

cattales.wikispaces.com
 
2009-10-15 11:15:44 PM  
And the lesson is: To be a 15m star, just do something incredibly stupid.

Or better yet, don't do something stupid.
 
2009-10-15 11:24:26 PM  

Crown_of_Shoes: This is good. Now the father will get the grant he needs to develop hover cars and solve world hunger.


Too late on the hover car, Expedia already has one. He's down to just solving world hunger, which means he can give it his full attention.
 
2009-10-15 11:42:19 PM  

Crown_of_Shoes: My theory:

1. Dad thinks he's going to be a world-famous inventor. Convinces wife, breeds, convinces children.

2. Dad goes to Hollywood and only lands a gig as "kooky mad scientist" to go aside "kooky psychic" on ABC's Wife Swap.

3. Riches and opportunities do not follow, so plan B comes about.

4. Dad explains to eager family that he will launch one of his sons into orbit or some shiat. This will be like Sputnik for the family and they will at last get famous.

5. It soon dawns on him that his little contraption is a death trap and/or it won't carry a kid's weight, so he hatches a plan where they pretend like the kid went up in the balloon. Plan C, if you will.

6. Record numbers of police and fire officials ensue. Dad freaks out, didn't think plan all the way through. "Finds" kid in attic. Feeds everyone stories.

7 Mug for camera and -KEEEERASH!!!!- six-year-old spills the beans.

Fast-forward to 2015, Dad featured on reality TV show aside Joe the Plumber Kid in green shirt featured on Intervention.


/hope I'm wrong
 
2009-10-15 11:47:45 PM  

phr00t: Dad: "Ummm, no... I'm appalled you would ask me to clarify that, I wasn't even going to do this interview. I'm appalled you would ask that."

Blitzer: "This isn't an unusual question."

TV GOLD.


SRSLY? Wow.

Go away for a few hours and things get weirder again! Are any of the online papers adding this angle? Time to google...
 
2009-10-15 11:55:14 PM  

TheNyquilKid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI6UONWCq7A


Oh wow. He's all loud and articulate about saying it too, it's not like people here are just mishearing him or anything!

AWK-ward...

But also then Dad's saying "uh, well, yeah, whenever we tell him not to do something [or whatever] he hides, he cowers down..." Well, then, you'd THINK they would have suspected he was hiding this time TOO, then, and known they had to do a really crazy search (as Worldwalker spoke of rescue authorities having to do in kid-search cases generally but that people often don't realize, way upthread).

You'd expect Dad to have mentioned that earlier, that hey, oh yeah it might be nothing but my kid has a history of doing the "oh shiat time to hide" thing.

But the mom says yeah they searched small drawers even, so... wtf?
 
2009-10-15 11:59:05 PM  

mgbeach: He'll return in 10 earth years, although to him only moments will have passed. Oh, the zany adventures he'll have.


Very nice.
Its been a few hours since you posted this, but did anybody get it?
 
2009-10-16 12:10:47 AM  
At first, when we thought he was in the balloon, I was hoping the kid would be alright. Then I was just kind of hoping they would find the body. I fell for this whole damn hoax hook, line, and sinker. I still can't stop laughing, though
 
2009-10-16 12:18:23 AM  
put on cnn right now!
 
2009-10-16 12:49:48 AM  

szaermak: put on cnn right now!


Missed it. What happened?
 
2009-10-16 12:55:42 AM  
dude, that's hilarious... this gotta rank up there for attention whoring... so many recently

1. balloon-boy
2. that mom that called claiming she was kidnapped with her daughter in the trunk but actually when to Disney
3. the girl with crazy eyes that disappeared before her wedding
4. Iraq had WMD's...
 
2009-10-16 01:52:14 AM  

Loki2486: dude, that's hilarious... this gotta rank up there for attention whoring... so many recently

1. balloon-boy
2. that mom that called claiming she was kidnapped with her daughter in the trunk but actually when to Disney
3. the girl with crazy eyes that disappeared before her wedding
4. Iraq had WMD's...

5. Brett Favre
 
2009-10-16 02:27:54 AM  

BalloonBoy: Loki2486: dude, that's hilarious... this gotta rank up there for attention whoring... so many recently

1. balloon-boy
2. that mom that called claiming she was kidnapped with her daughter in the trunk but actually when to Disney
3. the girl with crazy eyes that disappeared before her wedding
4. Iraq had WMD's...
5. Brett Favre

6. Hope and Change
 
2009-10-16 03:34:24 AM  
There ya go...you can never believe the media....new it was a hoax...but believed a was not as hoax at first..knowing these peeps..

/read every post written about news
//the fam is yet in the spotlight..
///pathetic to worry people when no one was even in there...sad sad sad
bad bad bad
 
2009-10-16 03:40:52 AM  
The parents HAD to know where there son was..hiding...come on..if they didn't search there own house...how lame ...the story would have been over without all these people worried about a child..how dare they do this. Wasted the time and money on this story...would have been tragic if a child was in there...but am glad he wasn't but damn do not lie bout it for gosh sakes..you knew your son was in the closet..you just had to tell him to get out....no pun intended.
/always knew where my two boys were
//now grown and still won't go away..lol
love them though
 
2009-10-16 03:48:00 AM  
so sorry...he was in the garage..ok still...come on the parents didn't look? Still..if i were the parent i would have looked from hell to high water for my child...this family has been on tv before...just go away and you had your 3 hours of peeps worried about your child knowing he was in there some where in the house..damn...bad bad bad..
/just saw link

//media whores
 
2009-10-16 03:55:38 AM  

there4igraham: jennyz: Orthodox: I JUST HEARD THAT ANOTHER BOY IN A BALLOON STRUCK THE PENTAGON!

Joke's already been done, sorry.

Yes, but was it posted in all caps?


yes, yes it was. Took best line of the night.
 
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