Sunday, July 06, 2008

Calculated Risks

I'm all about calculated risks. I like to focus on the calculated...not the word risk. I give this guy credit. Third try was the success. I really appreciate the guys on the cutting's not fun to be the guy who figures it out first. Ever wonder who discovered which mushrooms were the good ones or the bad ones to eat?
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Kent Couch taking off in his chair rigged with more than 150 balloons

Kent Couch taking off in his chair rigged with more than 150 balloons. Photograph: Jeff Barnard/AP

To the glorious roll call of aerial pioneers, daring aviators and magnificent men in flying machines can be added a new name. Kent Couch, a 48-year-old owner of a petrol station, yesterday succeeded in his third attempt to conquer the skies of northwest America, flying more than 230 miles in a garden chair supported by more than 150 helium-filled party balloons.

Other DIY balloonists have been less fortunate. This weekend, sailors off Brazil discovered a body,all that remained of an attempt to set a record using helium party balloons. Catholic priest Father Adelir de Carli, 42, soared into the sky in April - and met unexpected winds , and was last seen out over the Atlantic.

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