An American has just completed a crossing of the English Channel holding onto helium-filled balloons and popping them one by one upon reaching the French side to lower himself into a cushion of cabbages.
The crazy American who did this was thought to be Balloon Boy, Falcon Heene's father, Richard Heene from Fort Collins, Colorado. You remember the Heene family-the folks who orchestrated a hoax by building a saucer-shaped metallic-looking balloon, setting it afloat and then alerting the media that their 6-year old son, Falcon, was in the balloon as it flew across the Colorado countryside, scaring the bejeezus out of an entire country.
The same family that interviewed with Wolf Blitzer afterwards and set off a firestorm when it was determined that the whole balloon boy thing was a hoax within a more elaborate scheme to get the family in front of the cameras for that 15 minutes of fame everyone speaks so highly of. Don't remember it? Perhaps because the 15 minutes have long gone by and the only thing that might get it back into the limelight is another crazy flight, say, over the English Channel holding onto some balloons?
Wait, this just in, it wasn't Richard Heene after all who took the daring flight over the English Channel. It was a nobody named Jonathan Trappe from North Carolina. With a name like Jonathan Trappe, you'd think he'd be from England, eh? Maybe that is his hook.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Heene was livid as he watched the balloon crossing unfold. "Damn, that was gonna be the next thing I was gonna have Falcon attempt."