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Robert Niles

Up, up and away....

Published: October 15, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Questions I ponder this evening:

  • Did three pre-pubescent boys in Colorado just pull off the greatest American prank since Orson Welles?

  • How much aluminum foil will Brian need to go as "Balloon Boy" for Halloween?

  • How many sheriff's deputies does it take to find a six-year-old in a single-family house?

  • How many Disney execs spent the afternoon hoping, wishing and begging that no one on TV would mention the movie "Up"?

  • How much work could I have gotten done this afternoon if I hadn't been watching TV?

    Well, Theme Park Insider readers, welcome back from Balloon Boy Day. This is an open thread, so lemme hear in the comments what's on your mind or in your ears.

  • Replies (8)

    David Graham

    Published: October 15, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Man, I'm good!!! I wasn't even watching it but told a cowork who was following it on the web that I bet my pay check that the kid was hiding at the house and never was in the balloon.

    Published: October 16, 2009 at 5:07 AM

    I just got back from netherworld in atlanta. it was an incredibly scary haunted house. Blood Night, their main haunted house, was long with tons of gigantic animatronics. There were spinning tunnels, lots of actors popping out to scare you, and an amazing attention to detail. Zombie Rampage, their second haunted house, was shorter, but alot scarier. You would have to crawl through tunnels, watch zombies chase you through the house, all because of an energy drink that turned you into a zombie. Part of the movie Zombieland was filmed at netherworld. besides the haunted house, netherworld has actors roaming the parking lot. This time, both you and the actors can run. I highly recomend going to netherworld if you ever come to atlanta.
    Anthony Murphy

    Published: October 16, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    I was wondering how to put Balloon Boy on the site.

    I was thinking UP myself, but I think Disney had enough problems since this family was on an ABC reality show.

    Still, Disney had nothing to really do it. I was watching it on MSNBC and CNN and I seriously thought "Oh my God, its a UFO!".

    Just shows how much the media clings to a strange story. I think the Obama Administration is bringing the age of Tomorrowland. First we bomb the moon and now children take flight in a silver orb!

    W McDougal

    Published: October 16, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    The balloon boy incident is looking more and more like a hoax.
    Robert Niles

    Published: October 16, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Atrios had the best headline: "America Punk'd By A Six-Year-Old"
    Ray Schroeder

    Published: October 16, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    I'm with you Dave. But I said he was under the bed or in the closet hiding. I work for a TV station. Can you imagine how much revenue was lost for this "breaking news story" that wasn't even a story.
    Robert OGrosky

    Published: October 17, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    The balloon boy family should play the entire cost that was incurred by government entities looking for the child as this was a big hoax put on by the family. Alot of valuable time and money was needlessly spent on a big PR scam by this family of media pigs!!!
    M. Ryan Traylor

    Published: October 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Twitter was showing Anne Frank as a trending topic. All because of this joke:

    Falcon, I'm going to let you have your moment, but Anne Frank was the best attic hider.

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