27 May 2008

Make that 98 luftballons

A French daredevil, Michel Fournier, who planned to enjoy the world's longest free-fall after jumping from a balloon from 25 miles up, suffered a major setback today.

His balloon left without him.

You can find photos of the balloon sailing away without him at his Web site, where initially it was posted that "Une équipe va tenter la récupération du ballon" — or a team would try to recover the balloon.

At a later press conference, Fournier said, "Le ballon à été retrouvé dans les plaines à 40km de la zone de lancement. Les techniciens étudient actuellement le dysfonctionnement.
Une conférence de presse sera donnée dès les premières conclusions."

Which, per Babelfish, translates to "D'oh!"

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"Everyone's a superhero
Everyone's a Captain Kirk"
Nena, "99 Red Balloons"

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