I believe I can fly…

Today is the anniversary of the first manned flight. Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent became the first people to fly when they went up in a hot-air balloon in Paris, France. This feat happened only three months after the first public balloon flight demonstration and a year after two other brothers–Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier–experimented with small paper and fabric balloons.

Coincidentally, today is the anniversary of the “flight” of the balloon boy that captivated so many of us last year. You can’t make this stuff up. Is it possible that Richard Heene knew this and chose that very day to perpetrate his canard?

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