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(Telegraph)   Man attempting to cross the Atlantic attached to helium-filled balloons ends his trip after only 12 hours due to "technical issues," which may be just a fancy way of saying "he sobered up"   ( telegraph.co.uk) divider line
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2013-09-13 01:59:32 PM  
Or "not enough duct tape."
2013-09-13 02:01:31 PM  
haha good sub.
2013-09-13 02:03:13 PM  
Looks like this guy at least thought further ahead than Larry Walters.
2013-09-13 02:05:08 PM  
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2013-09-13 02:06:31 PM  
He really had to take a piss.
2013-09-13 02:11:05 PM  
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2013-09-13 02:12:22 PM  
Lead Balloon!
2013-09-13 02:21:12 PM  
Much to the disappointment of children with BB guns everywhere.
2013-09-13 02:22:23 PM  
I'd do it if I thought there was a chance I might land in Miranda Otto's backyard.

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2013-09-13 02:27:24 PM  
Webster did it...

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2013-09-13 02:31:08 PM  
The Red Balloon ending???

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2013-09-13 02:46:33 PM  
I thought Eric the Actor said he would never agree to this??
2013-09-13 02:49:51 PM  
Great headline subby!
2013-09-13 03:27:14 PM  

Ninety Nine Percent: The Red Balloon ending???

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I was flipping around a few years ago and it was on public TV. I watched the whole thing and I probably havent seen it in at least 30 years.
2013-09-13 03:35:58 PM  
Come on, THIS guy did it
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2013-09-13 03:48:14 PM  
"The Red Balloon" needed less bullying, and more anti-aircraft artillery.
2013-09-13 04:21:45 PM  
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2013-09-13 04:45:50 PM  
Just how lucky do you have to be to actually get the winds necessary to fly all the way across the Atlantic?

I wonder if he had at least some sort of rudimentary controls like little fans or something, on board.
2013-09-13 05:00:05 PM  
My guess is that he realized that in order to balloon over the Atlantic Ocean you have to go up quite high.

And up quite high, the air is thin and will freeze the balls off a brass monkey.

They tell me a brass monkey is the stand on which sailors piled cannon balls. Due to the different properties of brass and iron, the "brass monkey" could literally contract, causing the balls to roll off. That must have been a bit of a nuisance.

Loose balls on deck!

The guy who inspired the movie Danny Deckchair used helium balloons to reach 10,000 or so. He was spotted by a commercial aircraft, which must have led to an interesting conversation between the pilot or co-pilot and aircraft control. Sadly, he later committed suicide, possibly because his fifteen minutes of fame was just not long enough, or else ruined his private life.

On the other hand, he will be remembered as a great original.

If you want to balloon across the Atlantic, I suggest a seven story weather balloon. Some of those have had to be shot down by the military because they just kept on going, and going, and going, around the polar region.

One of my favourite scientists, geneticist J.B.S. Haldane was the subject of experiments to see just how little oxygen and what variants of air pressure a man could stand. He did this for the British navy, mostly, but it also led to high-altitude flight. He never did an experiment on animals that he could do on himself, a colleague, grad students or members of his family. His father was the same--he used J.B.S. in experiments started when he was about seven.

J.B.S. Haldane was also a great original. He suffered injuries when he went into convulsions during an atmospheric experiment and damaged his lower back.

He is famous for saying some very clever things.

For example, he said "Sometimes I think the universe is not only queerer than we believe, but queerer than we can believe." He also said that he would like to ask God why he made so many different kinds of beetles. Evidently, it was a great body plan with lots of room for diversification but the Old Guy seems to have been obsessed with beetles for a Deity who is ostensibly obsessed with his favourite children, mankind.

I like J.B.S. Haldane a lot. He was a great science writer, a great scientist, and a good man. He was also a socialist or communist back in the days before British communists realized what a fraud Russian Communism and Chinese Communism was. But he repented and moved to India, which he learned to love during the Great War. His kindly attitude towards animals helped him to fit into Indian biology quite well even though he did complain about the anti-animal research rules in the UK, which were imposed by people who were avid hunters and fishermen and thus far more cruel and destructive than scientists.
2013-09-13 05:00:58 PM  
You can torture a grad student or a volunteer but you can't torture a mouse. Well, I guess that is fair enough in its way, but some of the rules are ridiculous all the same.
2013-09-13 05:06:49 PM  
cabin full of shiat
2013-09-13 05:23:13 PM  
Or code for "I don't want my body to be found half eaten off the coast of Brazil three months from now."
2013-09-13 07:46:35 PM  
Pussy, do it with Hydrogen.

/oh the huge manatee.
2013-09-14 02:45:59 AM  
You people sound like a bunch of 'armchair quarterbacks'!  At least he made an attempt!
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