Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Going, Going, Gone...

Weird Story: In 1982 a man by the name of Larry Walters rose three miles above Los Angeles in a lawn chair with helium balloons attached to it. On April 21, 2008, Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli was carried away by hundreds of balloons high above the Brazilian skyline equipped with a GPS device and satellite phone. He wore a helmet, thermal suit and parachute and sat atop a chair that floats.

Now, he's missing.

Wanting to break the 19-hour record, the winds pushed de Carli about 31 miles off course during his flight. After initially rising to 20,000 feet, he descended to 8,200 feet as he soared toward the city of Dourados.

Helicopters and rescue boats have so far been unable to find him off the southern coast of Brazil. That's where it's believed he vanished as pieces of balloon were found.

There's so much more fun to be had with balloons by inhaling the helium and NOT letting the helium carry you away.



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