Tuesday, October 20, 2009


‘Balloon Boy’ Hoax So Obvious

AMHERST, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The fiasco surrounding “Balloon Boy” Falcon Heene could’ve been avoided with skeptical investigation.

Hoax expert Joe Nickell smelled something fishy when his TV was inundated with coverage of the “boy in the balloon.”

Upon watching the media firestorm, Nickell spotted many clues that pointed to the entire incident being a big, fat lie, starting with publicity hungry father Richard Heene.

He explains, “Some people thought he looked really distraught. I thought it was bad acting.”

The silver balloon flying through the air should’ve also clued in sheriffs leading the search for little Falcon.

Judging by his own balloon experiments, Nickell says there’s no way the homemade balloon could’ve held a six-year-old boy.

Though the events “certainly had the earmarks of a hoax,” Nickell says police took correct action by going full force in their search.

Heene, however, should be “seriously punished” for trying to pull a fast one on the public.

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