Daniel Boria Flies On A Lawn Chair Attached To A Bunch Of Balloons, Is Basically Carl Fredricksen From 'Up'
Remember the halcyon days of 2009, when everyone was (rightfully) obsessed with Up and couldn't stop making jokes about flying away on a million balloons? Six years later, someone has finally achieved all our Pixar-related dreams: earlier this week, a Canadian man flew on a lawn chair attached to a bunch of balloons. Defying all logic (and the Mythbusters ), Daniel Boria made it surprisingly far before intense winds forced him to parachute back to the ground, according to Mashable. Clearly, Boria has someone upstairs looking out for him — somehow, his tumble from the sky only caused minor injuries.
Until the adverse weather got to be too much, the flight was just as magical as you would imagine. "I was sitting in a lawn chair looking down through the clouds at 747 airplanes and looking up to a cluster of helium balloons," Boria told the Toronto Star.
The stunt was devised as a way to draw attention to Boria's environmentally-friendly cleaning company, All Clean Natural. Although the emergency landing meant that he wasn't able to skydive into the Calgary Stampede as planned, his parachute featured the start-up's logo, and he hired a plane to circle the rodeo grounds with a similarly-emblazoned banner, the Toronto Star reports. Although I get the feeling that most businessmen would hesitate to risk their lives for a fledgling company, Boria was rather blasé about the subject. "Sometimes you’ve got to live life on a limb if you truly believe in your company," he told the Star.
<img width="501" alt="disney animated GIF " src="http://media3.giphy.com/media/x4O0fjpQfoBZS/giphy.gif" height="450" class="article-body-image" title="Image: http://media3.giphy.com/media/x4O0fjpQfoBZS/giphy.gif"/>Despite his plan's unanticipated complications, the outcome appears to be better than anyone could have hoped. Local Tom Warne shared a picture of Boria's flight on social media, and soon his company had the Internet's full attention. Unfortunately, he also drew the attention of the police, who were less excited about the stunt. Although he expected them to be "a little upset," he quickly found that the charges were "worse than [he] thought they would be," according to the Star.
Police detained Boria on Sunday, charging him with mischief causing danger to life and mischief to property under $5,000. The latter charge was later dropped, but unfortunately, he could face additional federal charges.
It's not quite the happy ending from Up, but at least he has the coolest party anecdote to end all party anecdotes.
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