Sprung tales: the worst things you ever did as a kid
The worst - or maybe just the most memorable - thing about getting in trouble as a kid is that split second when you get sprung by your olds and the game is up.
America’s “Balloon boy” Falcon Heene will surely remember for the rest of his life the moment he first saw his dad after hiding for hours in the attic, fearing he would be yelled at after tampering with the balloon.
Most of us have a story about the worst things we did when we were kids but very few of them will be of Falcon’s order: “I started a national panic and a desperate mid-air chase of a balloon that was covered live on the network television for hours. People worried I was dead but I was just hiding in the attic.”
How’s that for a story to tell the grandkids?
Heene’s parents appeared on the show Wife Swap so there appears to be a possibility that this whole thing is some kind of publicity ruse. But of all the possible explanations, the likeliest so far is that everyone really thought Falcon was in balloon while he was hiding in the attic.
I think the biggest trouble I got into was when I was expelled from school for fighting. A bit of a punch-up is nothing unusual in an all-boys’ school but myself and a friend – yes, friend – started brawling in the middle of history class in front of the teacher. (I got readmitted on a technicality because I wouldn’t be able to sit my state Latin exam in another school.)
What’s your story?
UPDATE 3pm: Some more evidence that it was some sort of promotional hoax for a show. You can see the latest here.
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