Searchers look for Brazil priest carr...

Searchers look for Brazil priest carried away by balloons

There are 23 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 22, 2008, titled Searchers look for Brazil priest carried away by balloons. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Searchers scanned the waters off Brazil's southern Atlantic coast on Tuesday for a Roman Catholic priest who disappeared after floating into the sky under hundreds of helium party balloons.

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United States

#1 Apr 22, 2008
up up and away

Lake Worth, FL

#2 Apr 22, 2008
Some Catholic Priest will fly anywhere to find a choirboy.

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 Apr 23, 2008
If man was meant to fly, he would have been born with wings.
Biblical CopyCat

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Apr 23, 2008
Hmmm?....wasn't there a guy in the Bible named Ichyrus(?) who made some wings of wax and tried to fly?...

I don't recall him being successful either!
MYTH Buster

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Apr 23, 2008
You were close...

Read the Story of Icarus and see if it doesn't jog your memory!
Justin Case

Hialeah, FL

#7 Apr 23, 2008
He'll wind up in the US&A under a different name and SS# you'll see.

Since: May 07

<<<<--the right to bare

#8 Apr 23, 2008
I haven't seen him.

“Beyond all comprehension”

Since: Dec 06

The Moon

#9 Apr 23, 2008
Biblical CopyCat wrote:
Hmmm?....wasn't there a guy in the Bible named Ichyrus(?) who made some wings of wax and tried to fly?...
I don't recall him being successful either!
You had it close

Icarus is a Greek mythological character who flew to close to the sun and they melted , thus he fell into the sea . Not a Biblical character however.

Irvington, NJ

#10 Apr 23, 2008
stupid priest, only nuns can fly

Falls Church, VA

#11 Apr 23, 2008
He was spotted with the flying nun over Puerto Rico last night..Let's pray for him

United States

#13 Apr 23, 2008
At least he is not molesting boys.
Sally Field

West Palm Beach, FL

#14 Apr 23, 2008
stu wrote:
stupid priest, only nuns can fly
That's funny.
St Peter at the Gates

West Palm Beach, FL

#15 Apr 23, 2008
St. Peter: So Father, I didn't see you arrive on the wings of angels?

Priest: No sir ! I used these party balloons ! Pretty smart huh?

St. Peter: Well then... we have a special place for you. PLease step onto the elevator and press the DOWN button.

MORAL of the story: There is only one way to get into heaven. And it ain't with balloons from a party.

Cue music track: "99 red balloons, la la la"

Miss C

Pompano Beach, FL

#16 Apr 23, 2008
He was planning to use the money to fund a spiritual rest-stop for truckers in Paranagua. This was something to benefit people..........good intentions for his fellow man. We need more people like him.

Esom Hill, GA

#17 Apr 23, 2008
Lesson learned; always make sure you remove the pins from a new shirt.

Boca Raton, FL

#18 Apr 23, 2008
Actually, I think it sounds like fun and it's kinda cool. The little priest has balls anyway.
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United States

#19 Apr 23, 2008
Some of his friends and family will pick up his Darwin awards money.
Random Sample

United States

#20 Apr 23, 2008
Jim wrote:
At least he is not molesting boys.
Could be a trick. They still haven't located him!


Since: Dec 06

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#21 Apr 23, 2008
This priest is obviously either retarded or a publicity hound. He is reenacting the feat of "Lawn Chair Larry" from the Darwin Awards
and here's the text from the above url:
Lawn Chair Larry
1982 Honorable Mention
Confirmed True by Darwin
(1982, California) Larry Walters of Los Angeles is one of the few to contend for the Darwin Awards and live to tell the tale. "I have fulfilled my 20-year dream," said Walters, a former truck driver for a company that makes TV commercials. "I'm staying on the ground. I've proved the thing works."
Larry's boyhood dream was to fly. But fates conspired to keep him from his dream. He joined the Air Force, but his poor eyesight disqualified him from the job of pilot. After he was discharged from the military, he sat in his backyard watching jets fly overhead.
He hatched his weather balloon scheme while sitting outside in his "extremely comfortable" Sears lawnchair. He purchased 45 weather balloons from an Army-Navy surplus store, tied them to his tethered lawnchair dubbed the Inspiration I, and filled the 4' diameter balloons with helium. Then he strapped himself into his lawnchair with some sandwiches, Miller Lite, and a pellet gun. He figured he would pop a few of the many balloons when it was time to descend.
Larry's plan was to sever the anchor and lazily float up to a height of about 30 feet above his back yard, where he would enjoy a few hours of flight before coming back down. But things didn't work out quite as Larry planned.
When his friends cut the cord anchoring the lawnchair to his Jeep, he did not float lazily up to 30 feet. Instead, he streaked into the LA sky as if shot from a cannon, pulled by the lift of 42 helium balloons holding 33 cubic feet of helium each. He didn't level off at 100 feet, nor did he level off at 1000 feet. After climbing and climbing, he leveled off at 16,000 feet.
At that height he felt he couldn't risk shooting any of the balloons, lest he unbalance the load and really find himself in trouble. So he stayed there, drifting cold and frightened with his beer and sandwiches, for more than 14 hours. He crossed the primary approach corridor of LAX, where Trans World Airlines and Delta Airlines pilots radioed in reports of the strange sight.
Eventually he gathered the nerve to shoot a few balloons, and slowly descended. The hanging tethers tangled and caught in a power line, blacking out a Long Beach neighborhood for 20 minutes. Larry climbed to safety, where he was arrested by waiting members of the LAPD. As he was led away in handcuffs, a reporter dispatched to cover the daring rescue asked him why he had done it. Larry replied nonchalantly, "A man can't just sit around."
The Federal Aviation Administration was not amused. Safety Inspector Neal Savoy said, "We know he broke some part of the Federal Aviation Act, and as soon as we decide which part it is, a charge will be filed."


Vero Beach, FL

#22 Apr 23, 2008
I find it ironic that a priest should win the Darwin Award.

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