Ah, the goofy exuberance of the human spirit. From time immemorial, man has dreamed of flight. And then we totally figured it out, and were all sorted. But that didn't stop Kent Couch, a man lacking any pilot training, an aeronautics education, or the normal fear of death, from strapping 105 large helium balloons to a lawn chair and taking to the skys. Nine hours and 310 km later, he touched down. Said Couch:
"When you're a little kid and you're holding a helium balloon, it has to cross your mind. When you're lying in the grass on a summer day, and you see the clouds, you wish you could jump on them. This is as close as you can come to jumping on them. It's just like that."
Moments after landing, a strong gust of wind blew away his chair and video recorder. If you happen to find it in your yard, please contact Mr. Couch directly.
While Couch enjoyed his flight, he is somewhat baffled that he managed to lose his own luggage. Apparently, this is some sort of universal constant in air travel.