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118. Man Flies 200 Miles in Lawn Chair (1)
Bo Jackson was sitting in his favorite chair,
a beer, and watching a football game. At
, a car commercial featured a few hundred helium
floating skyward. I could do that, Bo thought.
could strap a bunch of balloons to my
chair and float up into the sky.
his wife. She asked him how many beers
’d had. He told her that he wasn’t joking.
was the problem, he asked. Blow up a
of balloons, tie them to his chair, and
he goes. How was he going to steer,
asked. The wind would steer him, he said.
would he know where he was going to
? When he saw a nice landing spot, he’d
shoot holes in the balloons with his BB
, he said. He told her not to be
He went online and found out what
patterns were in Oregon that time of the
. He called up his friend Duke, who was
pilot. In a few days, Bo had it
figured out. He called up a balloon store
ordered 50 balloons and a few helium tanks
fill up the balloons. His 6-year-old son asked
he could go with him. His wife promised
divorce him if he actually went through with