Re: Junk Science
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 18:17:06 -0400 (EDT)

When I was ten we did this kind of thing with the intent of burning houses


JKC wrote:

> You don't need to be very clever to fool somebody who deep down really
> to be fooled. Confession time, I've never told anyone this before but I
> the statute of limitations has run out. When I was about ten I made a hot
> balloon from several transparent dry cleaning bags, soda straws, scotch
> and a few dozen birthday candles, one night I launched it. I though that
> it worked at all it would only go up a few feet but It worked far better
> I dreamed, it went up several hundred feet and then the wind took it.
> My joy started to fade when it dawned on me that I was being incredibly
> stupid, I became terrified it would land on somebody's roof and start a
> I chased it for about a mile on my bicycle and then lost it, I fearfully
> listened for sirens but heard nothing. The next morning feeling like a
> criminal I read the local newspaper looking for unexplained fires but
> fortunately didn't find any, but I did read a story about weird lights
> in the sky that could not possibly have had an earthly origin. I never did

> find out where it landed.