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Balloon Boy

'Balloon Boy' Doesn't Look Like THIS Anymore

OWN | Posted 02.18.2014 | OWN

On October 15, 2009, the country was captivated by a boy in a balloon -- or so it seemed. That day, Richard and Mayumi Heene of Colorado, a couple who...

Why Is This Man Dangling From A High-Flying Balloon?

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 10.23.2013 | Weird News

The reports of a Colorado man dangling from a hot air balloon Tuesday morning, in danger of falling to his death, turn out to be nothing but a load of...

WATCH: Balloon Boy's Metal Band

Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment

Falcon Heene, of "Balloon Boy" fame, has a new hobby. Heene, who was famously (and falsely) reported as stuck inside a weather balloon, is now frontin...

David Moye

WATCH: Bubble Boy Dad's Back, With A New, Crazy Invention

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 12.03.2012 | Weird News

Richard Heene learned the hard way that what goes up must come down back in 2009 when he attempted to hoax the world by sending a silver helium balloo...

Own A Piece Of Bogus History: 'Ballon Boy' Trading Cards Are On Sale

www.huffingtonpost.com | Posted 07.25.2012 | Weird News

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Pieces of the infamous flying saucer that starred in Colorado's balloon boy hoax are now available as trading cards. Micha...

15 Famous Hoaxes And The Minds Behind Them

TruTV.com | Posted 03.27.2012 | Weird News

Looking for some April Fools' Day inspiration? From the Taco Liberty Bell to the origins of the word "Idaho" to the infamous "Balloon Boy," TruTV h...

Tim Burton Balloon Revealed

Posted 11.25.2011 | Home

Tim Burton's stitched-up, outcast of the balloon crowd made its way across Manhattan Thursday in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Burton first caug...

The Greatest Hoaxes of All Time (PHOTOS)

Posted 11.26.2011 | Entertainment

Hoaxes, urban legends and rumors have been prevalent in society since the early days of man. They can be seen at the office, at home, at school and, m...

David Moye

WATCH: Balloon Boy Dad Introduces Bizarre Pickup Truck 'Transformer'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

Richard Heene has come a long way since October 15, 2009, when he hit what would be the bottom by anyone's standards. On that day, Heene, a part-ti...

Will Texas Psychic Meet Balloon Boy Fate?

Turnstyle | Posted 08.10.2011 | Media
Turnstyle

Originally published on Turnstylenews.com, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered ...

Ballon Boy Dad Still Won't Admit Hoax, Plans To Sue 'Corrupt Cops'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Richard Heene, the father who orchestrated the infamous Balloon Boy Hoax in 2009, is remaining defiant almost a year and a half after he pleaded guilt...

'Balloon Boy' And Brothers Forming Boy Band

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The 'balloon boy,' otherwise known by the awesome name of Falcon Heene, is forming a boy band with his brothers because, well, who really knows why. ...

Blind Anger: Balloon Boy Dad is Full of Hot Air (VIDEO)

Monique Zimmerman-Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Monique Zimmerman-Stein

The shamelessly self-promoting father of the "Balloon Boy" Hoax is making another grab at the limelight. He is doing it by trying to sell us painted sticks for charity.

Douglas Bruce Hires Lawyer David Lane

The Denver Post | Tim Hoover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce has hired noted Denver lawyer David Lane to represent him in a contempt-of-court case. Bruce, who has represented h...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we learned that, when it comes to inflating a non-story into a leads-the-news story, the media has learned nothing since Falcon Heene's transformation into Balloon Boy. But, of course, Balloon Boy's saga didn't put American lives at risk, as did the elevation of the nutty ramblings of a certain Florida-based pastor whose name I've promised to never mention again. Since when do we give a national platform to the delusional ranting of a screw-loose extremist with fewer than 50 followers? There's a guy in Belleview who thinks he's Napoleon, but no one was leading the political chat shows with his plans for 9/11. With an unnecessary war raging in Afghanistan, Americans still being killed in Iraq, and millions struggling to make ends meet here at home, it's time for the media to beam back from bizarro world and put the spotlight where it belongs.

Yosemite Sam Hacks the Media

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Why did Terry Jones get media exposure? Media coverage is the oxygen that keeps these people alive and makes them seem to matter.

Arianna Challenges The Media Coverage of Quran Burning Pastor: It's the New Balloon Boy

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on CNN's "Situation Room" Thursday evening to push back against the media's round-the-clock coverage of the Terry Jones Quran-burning...

Balloon Boy Family Mocked By Larimer County

The Coloradoan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Heenes have retrieved from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office the balloon that captured the world's attention on a fall afternoon last year. T...

Kids + Reality TV = Bad Combination

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Dimond

As a country we are hesitant to legislate how parents raise their kids but certainly we can legislate how television treats our children, can't we?

Balloon Boy Parents Get Balloon Back After Agreeing To Pay Restitution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

After $36,000 in restitution, a 90-day jail sentence, and 10 weekends of community service, the Heene family is finally getting its balloon back. The...

Top Ten PR Blunders of 2009

Rich Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rich Robinson

For some this was, as Queen Elizabeth might say, "annus horribilis" -- a horrible year. For the rest of us, it was another lesson in public relations crisis management.

Balloon Boy Lift-Off: Watch Home Video Of The Take-Off And Hear The 9-11 Call (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Heene Family provided NBC with video, taken my the sons, of the saucer inadvertently being released Thursday: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ...

Jim Alderden, Balloon Boy Sheriff, Says Heene Family May Be Fined Up To $2,000,000

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In an interview with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly set to air Monday evening, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden discussed the charges being faced by the ...

The Best Balloon Boy Jokes: Pick Your Favorite! (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The country was riveted yesterday as cable news networks cut away from the president's discussion of rebuilding New Orleans to cover the "balloon boy"...

Balloon Dad to Pose for Playgirl

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

When Big Pharma buys Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars, it depends on the media being bored by old news about special interests and being floored by breaking news about John & Kate Plus 8.