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(10 News)   "It is not clear what caused a hot air balloon to land off course." But I'm going to go out on a limb and say wind   (10news.com) divider line 64
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2013-06-30 12:12:06 PM
cl.jroo.me
 
2013-06-30 12:15:51 PM
wind ... and gravity. lots and lots of gravity.
 
2013-06-30 12:21:43 PM
wind, gravity and the pilot.
 
2013-06-30 12:23:08 PM
Wow, they really wrote that.

Interestingly no reporter has their name attached to that masterpiece.
 
2013-06-30 12:28:29 PM
Doesn't need to be wind.  Maybe they just had too many people standing on one side.
 
2013-06-30 12:32:02 PM
Thud
 
2013-06-30 12:32:26 PM
Wind? That's just crazy talk, subby! It was ALIENS!
 
2013-06-30 12:33:34 PM

offmymeds: Wind? That's just crazy talk, subby! It was ALIENS!


Came here to say that
 
2013-06-30 12:41:09 PM

What a hot air balloon on a limb may look like.

www.styrofoamcrafts.com

 
2013-06-30 12:41:48 PM
Almost a hot air balloon disaster, also known as a Franco.
 
2013-06-30 12:55:28 PM
So my ex wife didn't make it home again?
 
2013-06-30 01:03:24 PM
Should have hung on.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-06-30 01:08:03 PM

skinink: So my ex wife didn't make it home again?


1.bp.blogspot.com

ALL hot air balloons land off course!

They don't have rudders or flaps or a steering wheel.  You just go where the wind takes you and cross your fingers.
 
2013-06-30 01:08:25 PM
I Can`t Come Back I Don`t Know How It Works Goodbye Felks

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-30 01:15:30 PM
Wind huh? That'll teach 'em not to eat at Taco Bell before lift off.
 
2013-06-30 01:46:33 PM
Clowns. It's always the fault of clowns.
 
2013-06-30 02:04:26 PM
uncontrollable gasses

i was 10 before i knew why gramma called grandpa "hindenburg"
 
2013-06-30 02:16:04 PM
Authorities have ruled out the weak nuclear force.
 
2013-06-30 02:38:26 PM
It could have been towed off course by a swallow.
 
2013-06-30 02:43:44 PM

FatherChaos: ALL hot air balloons land off course!

They don't have rudders or flaps or a steering wheel. You just go where the wind takes you and cross your fingers.


static.comicvine.com
 
2013-06-30 02:52:59 PM
A balløøn once landed in my grandparents back yard(wich is like a small field).
 
2013-06-30 03:15:49 PM
I can think of someone who can understand...
 
2013-06-30 03:17:21 PM
hyundaigenesisblog.com

(Throwing away non-image image? Then don't let it work in preview, guys.)
 
2013-06-30 03:19:04 PM
Could be giant birds.

media.mtvi.com
 
2013-06-30 03:26:17 PM
[Billoreilly]

Balloon goes up.

Balloon comes down...

You can't explain that.
 
2013-06-30 03:30:38 PM
"It's better to be on the ground wishing you were up there than to be up there wishing you were on the ground."
--- A balloonist I met in the 90's at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
 
2013-06-30 03:35:54 PM
I'm gonna say it was gravity.
 
2013-06-30 03:51:08 PM

ElLoco: FatherChaos: ALL hot air balloons land off course!

They don't have rudders or flaps or a steering wheel. You just go where the wind takes you and cross your fingers.


But where do you get the gas for that thing? Tarzan's ass?
 
2013-06-30 04:02:43 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: [hyundaigenesisblog.com image 563x383]

(Throwing away non-image image? Then don't let it work in preview, guys.)


James may - the perfect metaphor for fark threads.

He's optimistic but fails a good portion of the time,
usually quite spectacularly (like the rest of the team)

He's smart but socially incompetent,
The quality of dress varies,
and he drinks often.

So, again, fark personified.
 
2013-06-30 04:02:51 PM
It's NOT a BALLOON! It's an AIRSHIP!

/I loved that episode
 
Ni
2013-06-30 04:10:02 PM
Hot air balloons are quite controllable (with large granularity) by an experienced pilot. While you can't steer it precisely, the wind moves different directions at different altitudes, and you can steer by moving up and down. Of course, you have to make adjustments a minute or more before it's needed... which is why experience is so important.

The other thing about hot air balloons is that they depend on temperature difference for their loft. It sounds like this pilot lost his lift (it probably warmed up a lot), and you can only make the inside so hot before you risk melting it and plummeting to your death. Balloons fly well with cold air, where the gasses inside are much less dense but when it warms up they can sink quickly.

Thus, I disagree with subby... not wind, but probably outside temperature caused him to have to land in a freeway... something no balloonist wants to do.
 
2013-06-30 04:26:47 PM

puddleonfire: "It's better to be on the ground wishing you were up there than to be up there wishing you were on the ground."
--- A balloonist I met in the 90's at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta


The Rio Grande valley in Albuquerque has the phenomenon they call "The Box" where if all elements are in place balloons are able to take off from the Siesta grounds, float "down river" as it were, rise to a higher level and return to practically where they departed, sometimes almost exactly from where they took off.

I've seen the Balloon Siesta probably 8 or 9 times, saw The Box effect work once. Still, it's pretty cool when all things are working right.
 
2013-06-30 04:28:46 PM
Man, the news is really trying to play up a DANGER/DISASTER aspect.

The balloon landed as commanded, not "emergency".  It didn't drop as smoothly as hoped, but no one was hurt.  No property was damaged.  They had it packed up right away.

An additional funny part: the owner arrived "threatening us not to run the story".  First off that doesn't even parse correctly.  HE cannot threaten you with running the story.  Seriously, "threatened"?  Did he say he was gonna kick your ass??  In fact I very much doubt he "threatened" you, and that's slanderous.  I suspect he told you not to run this as a borderline slanderous story about a nonevent as some sort of near-death experience for the entire town.  I'm sure you all felt lucky to have survived your encounter with him.
 
2013-06-30 04:29:12 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: ElLoco: FatherChaos: ALL hot air balloons land off course!

They don't have rudders or flaps or a steering wheel. You just go where the wind takes you and cross your fingers.

But where do you get the gas for that thing? Tarzan's ass?


Uh, HOT AIR balloons don't use gas...
 
2013-06-30 04:32:29 PM
t0.gstatic.com
 
2013-06-30 04:36:43 PM
Life is like a hot air balloon. You never know where you're going to land until you touch down.

Thank you, Mr. Gump.
 
2013-06-30 04:38:38 PM
One of my favourte pseudo-Gumpisms:

Life is like a box of chocolates. You've gotta watch out for the Spring Surprise. Also, the Crunchy Frog is kinda nasty.

A Gump-Monty Python mash-up of mine.
 
2013-06-30 04:41:07 PM

Gyrfalcon: ThatBillmanGuy: ElLoco: FatherChaos: ALL hot air balloons land off course!

They don't have rudders or flaps or a steering wheel. You just go where the wind takes you and cross your fingers.

But where do you get the gas for that thing? Tarzan's ass?

Uh, HOT AIR balloons don't use gas...


Right. The "hot air" comes from compressed unicorn farts in the tanks.
 
2013-06-30 04:43:27 PM
My impression of a balloon crash:

Oh, noes! We're going downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnn!

(Gasp) Downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

"Still going downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

"This is going to take some time kids. You might want to take a seat!"

Downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

(Thump)

OK. We're done. (Thump)

Nope! That was just the first bounce! We're going downnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnnnnnn! OK. I'm out of breath. Bobby, it's your turn to scream. On the next thump. (Thump) Goooooooo!
 
2013-06-30 04:46:22 PM

Hiro Nakamura: Gyrfalcon: ThatBillmanGuy: ElLoco: FatherChaos: ALL hot air balloons land off course!

They don't have rudders or flaps or a steering wheel. You just go where the wind takes you and cross your fingers.

But where do you get the gas for that thing? Tarzan's ass?

Uh, HOT AIR balloons don't use gas...

Right. The "hot air" comes from compressed unicorn farts in the tanks.


I found a movie quote too obscure for Fark, I guess.

The picture ELloco posted was from the Mummy Returns.
 
2013-06-30 04:48:54 PM
Wind?!? Why, that's just crazy talk. Like saying the sun warms the earth .. or sumpin' .. really. Everyone knows that the holy movements of that which lies above the firmament are under the authority of:

Aeolus, God and Ruler of all the Winds
Boreas, god of the north wind and of winter.
Eurus, god of the unlucky east or southeast wind.
Notus, god of the south wind.
Zephyrus, god of the west wind.
Algoricus, god of the foul wind.

Please, people, it's important to keep some perspective when faced with, what appears to us to be, a tragedy.

Now, everyone go out there and procreate!!
 
2013-06-30 04:49:19 PM

Karl LaFong: Wind huh? That'll teach 'em not to eat at Taco Bell before lift off.


Came here to say they should chew well.
 
2013-06-30 04:51:31 PM
Wow that balloon really flew off course didn't it?

"Actually no, that wasn't off course at all"

Oh...I mean it almost landed on the freeway, that was part of the course?

"Well see the thing is, balloons don't have courses"

Ohhh..gotcha.
 
2013-06-30 05:08:08 PM
When I was maybe 10 or so, there was a hot air balloon that crashed in the field beside my house. It seemed to be doing fine one minute and the next sorta just dropped out of the sky. Everyone was fine, but after that I kept having recurring dreams of different types of aircraft crashing near my house. Good times.

/csb
 
2013-06-30 05:09:09 PM
i.ytimg.com

we did it for the show
 
2013-06-30 05:10:44 PM
You win again gravity!
 
2013-06-30 05:15:40 PM

Gyrfalcon: ThatBillmanGuy: ElLoco: FatherChaos: ALL hot air balloons land off course!

They don't have rudders or flaps or a steering wheel. You just go where the wind takes you and cross your fingers.

But where do you get the gas for that thing? Tarzan's ass?

Uh, HOT AIR balloons don't use gas...


"He wasn't Asian! He was CHINESE!!!"

I loves ya Gyrfalcon, but air is a gas.
 
2013-06-30 05:17:54 PM

dryknife: puddleonfire: "It's better to be on the ground wishing you were up there than to be up there wishing you were on the ground."
--- A balloonist I met in the 90's at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Rio Grande valley in Albuquerque has the phenomenon they call "The Box" where if all elements are in place balloons are able to take off from the Siesta grounds, float "down river" as it were, rise to a higher level and return to practically where they departed, sometimes almost exactly from where they took off.

I've seen the Balloon Siesta probably 8 or 9 times, saw The Box effect work once. Still, it's pretty cool when all things are working right.


------- HAHA Balloon Siesta....
That's what I was doing in the truck after the morning's events.
I liked when Bubba Security came up to me and said "Can I help you?"
"SURE CAN!! I need this cord run down to the Bayer section from the junction."

But yeah the Box effect works rarely, and someone always ends up in the river.
Or on a power line with exploding tank. That was scary!
 
2013-06-30 05:19:09 PM

Acharne: I loves ya Gyrfalcon, but air is a gas.


I agree, breathing is fun.
 
2013-06-30 05:24:28 PM
 
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