News and Notes – 7/10/2007

Speed trap. The Union Leader reports that an 88-year old woman was pulled over in Manchester, NH for going 53 mph in a 35 mph zone. I don’t know, maybe she’s dyslexic?

High chair. Oregon gas station owner Kent Couch traveled 193 miles at heights of up to 13,000 feet in a lawnchair suspended by 105 helium balloons. He was airborn for nearly 9 hours and did not have a seatbelt.

Wrong number. College student Shira Barlow in Los Angeles, California is getting deluged with calls from high profile strangers and foreigners after being issued Paris Hilton’s old cell phone number. I wonder who would call if you got Usama Bin Laden’s old cell number?


  1. Tim says:

    Why did Kent Couch travel 193 miles at heights up to 13,000 feet in a lawnchair suspended by 105 helium baloons?

  2. Sharon Gamble says:

    Tim – that was my question, exactly. Why on earth did he do it?????

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    I’m not sure why he did it. I do think it is funny that a guy named Couch would take a ride in a lawnchair.

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Okay, Tim. I went back and checked the article and here is why Kent Couch did it in his own words:

    Why would Couch try such a flight?

    “When you’re a little kid and you’re holding a helium balloon, it has to cross your mind,” he told the Bend Bulletin.

    “When you’re laying in the grass on a summer day, and you see the clouds, you wish you could jump on them,” he told the Bulletin. “This is as close as you can come to jumping on them. It’s just like that.”

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