Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Falcon is Grounded

If you've been anywhere near a computer, television, or radio for the last six hours, then you've heard about Falcon Heene, aka "balloon boy."

(YouTube video)

Luckily, the six-year-old adventurer was found alive and well at home in the attic. And believe me, if I had lost my dad's homemade aircraft, I would have hid too! Even at age 40.

The silver saucer-like balloon craft looks a lot like our notion of a UFO... gee, do you think that every time the authorities have credited UFO sightings to weather balloons, they were right? And yet the father had dedicated quite a bit of time in the search for extraterrestrials.

Maybe we take science fiction too seriously. For example, in the above video, one officer seems to be drawing his gun. Who was he expecting?

Anyway, now that "attic boy" has been found, maybe we can focus on the other 797,500 kids who go missing each year?

1 comment:

Trung said...

live science posted an article about eyewitness testimony. balloon boy's brother told police that he saw his brother in the balloon. it's very interesting.