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Up, up in the air...
Was it a bird? A plane? Nah, just one of the biggest hoaxes in our generation, according to Time magazine.
Did you see this? Whether it was via the 10 o'clock news or trolling news web sites in real time (as did dorks like me), we all were gripped by what we thought was a six-year-old boy named Falcon Heene (insert your irony joke here) flying high over Fort Collins, Colo.
But alas, the boy was stuck in the attic, the balloon landed and everyone was calling bupkes on this imbroglio.
And speaking of high, let's get to young Falcon's parents, who are now under federal investigation by the FAA.
The Fort Collins couple could be charged with conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and attempting to influence a public servant, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said Sunday. The family also probably will be charged with filing a false police report, which is a misdemeanor, Alderden said.
Is it that hard to get in the news?
I mean, this couple should know. After all, they were on that TV show that explores what is genuine and pure about this country. Um, what's it called? Oh yeah, WifeSwap.
Not once, but twice. Stay classy, Heene crew.
It turns out this whole thing was a scam so this weather-chasing hobbit could see his life's work on national TV. Was it worth it?
The Heenes may have violated FAA regulations barring people from flying balloons or kites within 5 [sic] miles of an airport, an FAA official said. The official declined to be named because the case is under investigation.
So, I guess it's appropriate after this saga is over, Falcon's 15 minutes are up and the FAA is finished, this adoring couple will get a big fine. Not once, but twice.
I suggest next time, call in a pro, Mr. Heene. Just sayin'.