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American IT Manager Forced To End Cross-Atlantic Cluster Balloon Flight
2013-09-13 07:22:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what may have looked like a scene from the Disney-Pixar animated movie “Up,” a North Carolina native man lifted off from a foggy field in Caribou, Maine on Thursday morning, September 12 for a cross-Atlantic flight in a lifeboat carried only by a cluster of helium-filled balloons. Jonathan Trappe, 39, an IT manager and long-time balloon enthusiast, enlisted the help of some 150 volunteers to fill more than 350 balloons with...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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