Look up ... and say cheese

Jamey Erickson hangs onto the balloon before releasing the it during the first trial run near Mantorville, MN. Full Story
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Former Cop

Hastings, MI

#2 Sep 17, 2010
How many hungry kids could eat on the money spent on this stunt and on the news coverage of it?

Since: Apr 08

Minneapolis

#3 Sep 17, 2010
Perhaps if the parents of these "hungry kids" had developed a curiosity about science the parents could have gotten better jobs rather than have a "class warfare" attitude........

This sounds fun. I would have added a radiation meter in there. Radiation increases with altitude.

Since: Mar 08

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Sep 17, 2010
Former Cop wrote:
How many hungry kids could eat on the money spent on this stunt and on the news coverage of it?
How many hungry kids are you feeding?
YoMammy

United States

#5 Sep 17, 2010
Former Cop wrote:
How many hungry kids could eat on the money spent on this stunt and on the news coverage of it?
How about people spend thier money what they want.
FilmAtTen

AOL

#6 Sep 17, 2010
Attach some LED lights to it, and watch the St.Paul [Keystone Cops] Police start looking for the "kite man". THAT would be fun!
Police State

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Sep 17, 2010
hopefully nobody thinks it's a UFO so police won't charge him with disorderly conduct
Observer

Dallas, TX

#8 Sep 17, 2010
"Erickson and his colleagues have given their balloon initiative a sci-fi-awesome name: Yavin IV. That's the location of the rebel alliance base in 1977's "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope." "

You didn't need to explain that part. EVERYONE knows what Yavin IV is.
observer

United States

#9 Sep 17, 2010
this is disorderly conduct that may inspire others to explore possibilities. the cops need to stop this now. part of the thought behind this stunt is to invoke curiosity, that my friends should not be tolerated!!
DuckNCover

Toronto, Canada

#10 Sep 17, 2010
So, let me get this straight...this cooler could potentially fall anywhere in Wisconsin, and they even admit the parachute may not work? And the FAA has approved this? Surely I'm not the only one worried here....
More bars in more places

Chetek, WI

#11 Sep 17, 2010
Heh heh, so they think they are going to find a cell phone by the signal in Wisconsin? Obviously, they have never tried to use their phone over here! Good luck with that......Can you hear me N.......?
DFL Donald

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Sep 17, 2010
Better tell them not to fly it over St. Paul or they will go to jail.
dum dums

Cook, MN

#14 Sep 17, 2010
Former Cop wrote:
How many hungry kids could eat on the money spent on this stunt and on the news coverage of it?
who the eff cares.. this world could use far fewer kids.
Vern

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Sep 17, 2010
Sarg wrote:
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How many hungry kids are you feeding?
None, they already have eaten!
YesWeCan

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Sep 17, 2010
I hope they don't put little green LED lights on this balloon! Bring some bail money to the balloon launch, just in case.
Torches and Pitchforks

Circle Pines, MN

#17 Sep 17, 2010
In the immortal words of Donovan Leitch: "The Intergalactic Laxative will get you from here to there".....
MN Guy

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Sep 17, 2010
This has been done several times before, although usually with a camera instead of cell phones. It's a very cool project, kids should be involved to pique their interest in math and science.
Swamp Fox

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Sep 17, 2010
Bon Voyage & Bon Chance!!!

Would love to see the live streaming of this occurrence. This is great adventure and backyard science at its populist best. Hope everything works out and we all learn something new.
Swamp Fox

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Sep 17, 2010
DuckNCover wrote:
So, let me get this straight...this cooler could potentially fall anywhere in Wisconsin, and they even admit the parachute may not work? And the FAA has approved this? Surely I'm not the only one worried here....
DuckNCover;
You needn't worry. From the location of your ISP [Toronto,Canada] I doubt very seriously it would reach you or fall on your head!
S.F.
Suds From Above

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Sep 17, 2010
Just pack the cooler with Meisterbrau, Red Dog, or other quality brew.

When it lands on a Cheesehead across the border, he'll say "My Prayers Have Been Answered."
TaxTaxTax

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Sep 17, 2010
This just in from Unified Press International

Dateline: Floutsville, Wisconsin
A rural Floutsville man was pondering football without Favre. He reportedly prayed to God that Favre would return or at least that God would send him some beer to kill the pain. After his head was bowed and the prayer was done, he looked to up so see a cooler floating down from Heaven. He ripped it open only to find Minnesota return address and non-sensical contents and no beer. He chalked it up to another cruel Minnesota trick.

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