Guess what? A similar event occurred in reality ... although it was less a beloved curmudgeon coping with the loss of his wife, and more some jackass looking to drum up cheap publicity. Also, instead of a house, he was sitting on a crappy old lawn chair.
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But while Carl from Up's plan went rather smoothly, this guy's balloon ride was a failure on almost every level. The plan was to skydive off the chair and into the Calgary Stampede (a big rodeo) with a banner for his cleaning business. Instead, he "was forced to somersault out of the chair, plunge several thousand feet to the earth, and make an emergency landing, in prickly bushes," whereupon he injured his foot. Oh, and he was fucking arrested. Yeah, it turns there's a reason people don't commute to work via 200 helium balloons: It's dangerous and illegal.
He was lucky this was Canada, where local police departments don't have missiles.
On the bright side, it's probably a good thing that he picked this Pixar movie to emulate and not, say, Monsters Inc. -- the charges would have been way worse for hiding in a closet with a banner for his cleaning company, ready to be majestically unfurled in a small child's bedroom.
J.M. McNab co-hosts the pop culture nostalgia podcast Rewatchability, which can also be found on iTunes. Follow him on Twitter @Rewatchability.
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