It Was All a Terrible Misunderstanding
After reviewing the evidence and paying off a source to independently confirm our investigation, we’ve concluded that the supposed “balloon boy hoax” was actually a legitimate attempt to create the world’s largest Jiffy Pop, gone horribly awry when the special transgenic popcorn had an unexpected interaction with the butane heater, causing the pan to embark upon—
Oh, fuck it. But you really didn’t want to hear about the Secret Service being overwhelmed with crank assassins, did you?
Big profits unlikely for family in balloon drama [USA Today]
Bonus: Play the Balloon Boy game!