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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
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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