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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Minnesota boy gets response after balloon lands in Greenland   ( divider line
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2001-12-25 10:45:49 AM  
The Czech Republic is in Greenland?? I did not know that........
2001-12-25 10:52:29 AM  
sappy... real sappy... but, an interesting read nonetheless...

2001-12-25 11:04:49 AM  
This kid's balloon defies all odds, his message crosses the Atlantic, and is actually found by someone who mails it back, and all he gets as a prize is a rubber ball?!?!

damn what a jip
2001-12-25 11:06:56 AM  
Czech Republic, Greenland, what's the difference?

Actually, it would appear that the balloon traveled over Greenland before going to Europe, so this is actually an even greater distance than indicated by the headline. Let me be the first to say that this is really cool. Awesome, just awesome.
2001-12-25 11:24:10 AM  
He should've gotten a ticket for littering!
2001-12-25 11:34:39 AM  
Wow! A whole rubber ball as a reward! People must be scrimping in that church when the collection plate is passed around.
2001-12-25 11:51:27 AM  

Take a farking transatlantic flight.

You'll go over greenland / iceland. Its faster to go by the poles. Look at a globe.
2001-12-25 12:01:20 PM  
And the prize was 2 Vikings tickets.
The kid flipped the principal the bird and was promptly expelled.
The End.
2001-12-25 12:19:22 PM  
I remember doing that balloon thing dozens of times in my younger years and I never got a response back. Dammit, I wonder where they ended up.
2001-12-25 12:47:25 PM  
When I was in the Navy I used to drop bottles with messages in them out of the back of the airplane, never got one of those back...But then the Pacific is really big...And I've moved a half dozen or so times since then...

2001-12-25 2:35:55 PM  
Kinda pointless to do that kind of thing anymore, considering you can hop on the Internet and make tons of friends around the world (like I have). One time I had this Mexican guy flirting with me and I told him off in Spanish. :)
2001-12-25 2:41:36 PM  
This is a great farkticle! I'm ever so happy for the kid for getting a response! And I thank Drew and whoever submitted the farkticle for a super Christmas story!

You see, when I was a young tad, I did the same experiment several times. We had these little plastic balls -- about the size of a baseball, but with a screw-top (I have no memory of what they were for) -- and we attached them to several balloons and sent them aloft. I clearly remember watching them rise up into the sky. We followed their flight until they disappeared from view, and we had our hopes that we'd hear back from them.

Alas, that never happened. But we were kids, and we knew how to dream.
2001-12-25 2:52:53 PM  
"The church staff also presented Mark a rubber-ball replica of the Earth as the winning prize"

Wow! Holy crap! A RUBBER BALL!!! Is that REAL RUBBER??? Hold me back, Martha! I feel the heebie-jeebies a-comin' on!

Having a balloon travel to the Czech Republic has to be infinitely cooler than some dumbass $1.50 rubber ball.
2001-12-25 3:39:40 PM  
When I was in Kindergarten (and this is one of my most vivid early memories) every member of our class recieved a balloon for that purpose. Mine was a pretty green color, and I didn't want to let it go. They finally convinced me (mine was the last one aloft). Pity. Bad for the environment, and I never got a response.

I'm obviously over it now, but it makes a good story. Or it did 'til I read that article... :)
2001-12-25 4:14:28 PM  

Greenland is nowhere NEAR there, it's not even in the same continent!
2001-12-25 6:22:24 PM  
Note to Article submitters (sic). Read entire article before submitting. The balloon went over Greenland and the card continued on toward the Czech Republic.

Kosta, I believe BloodyL was trying to say that the card actually made it all the way to the Czech Republic, while the headline made it sound as if the letter only made it to Greenland.

I flew over greenland on the way to Europe. It was very cool looking terrain.
2001-12-25 6:22:32 PM  
Church prizes are always crappy. When I was little if you attended sunday school twenty times in a row, you got a little sappy book about three year olds going on a trip and shiat like that.
2001-12-25 6:55:06 PM  
I also have a horror story about cheap church prizes. It was a church carnival thing, and the game was quite simple. A shiat load of pens were jacked into a styrofoam chunk, and the way to win was to pull out a pen that had red ink. And the prize for winning you may ask? You get to keep the pen, wooo.

The second prize I won was actually meant for my mom(awwwww, sappy, huh?)...I forget the game, but you won a baby version of Ms. Piggy of Muppets fame. I brought it to my mom after winning said game, and she just kind of dismissed me(I was like 7 at the time!). So I just gave it to the dog, he ripped it's head of within five minutes. Got to love dogs.
2001-12-25 7:02:38 PM  
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2001-12-25 9:12:30 PM  
I did this as a kid but my balloon only got 100 feet before it hit some powerlines and knocked out power to the hole block for 3 was funny til I got my ass beat.
2001-12-25 9:32:52 PM  
Then in what continent IS Greenland situated? No, really. I am curious. Please tell me.
2001-12-25 9:57:44 PM  
Kamesennin: North America.
2001-12-25 10:49:21 PM  
Greenland is the one in red.
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2001-12-25 11:02:19 PM  

Alas, that never happened. But we were kids, and we knew how to dream.

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Thank You and Merry X-Mas.

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2001-12-25 11:33:34 PM  
Nuts! Spam from the sky!
2001-12-26 12:15:19 AM  
North America? Freaky. Most maps of "north america" don't even include the islands in the far north. Oh well.
2001-12-26 1:09:58 AM  

Article mentions "environmentally incorrect", as does a poster. Is there something bad about releasing helium into the atmosphere or is it just that you're littering with a small piece of rubber, string and paper?

2001-12-26 1:47:48 AM  
Bort13: it has something to do with the piece of rubber being an asphyxiation/choking hazard for animals (especially those out in the sea).
2001-12-26 7:11:02 AM  
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