A fascinating short documentary by Nathan Truesdell about the 1986 Guinness record attempt by the city of Cleveland, Ohio to simultaneously release 1.5 million balloons – a spectacular stunt that turned into an environmental disaster as the city realised it was just littering on a gigantic, wildlife harming, health and safety baiting scale.

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8 thoughts on “Balloonacy

  1. Bertie Blenkinsop

    If you ever get a chance, “The Moon’s a Balloon” by David Niven is a brilliant read.

  2. WittyName

    I cringe when I see people sending those flaming lanterns off, are they still legal?

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