Happy Birthday, Ballooning Federation of America!
March 26, 2002 8:48 AM   Subscribe

Happy Birthday, Ballooning Federation of America! Organized ballooning in America turns 41 today, without its richest and most ornery participant (and there is serious competition for that title), Malcolm Forbes -- balloonist, Faberge egg-lover, exotic cake stealer.

So let's reflect on the true meaning of this day: What's up with rich people? Why are they so f*cking nuts?
posted by busbyism (8 comments total)
because they don't have to pretend to be sane to hold down a stupid f*ckin' nine to five piss poor job.
god, if I had a fortune, I'd be skydiving in a clown suit and eating spanish queen olives stuffed with anchovies every sweet-ass day.
posted by Frasermoo at 8:56 AM on March 26, 2002

[In a Michael Caine accent]Bartolomeu de Gusmão, a Portuguese Jesuit priest, invented and flew in the first balloon, 74 years before the French Montgolfier brothers, who usually get all the glory. Not many people know that.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:18 AM on March 26, 2002

weird, i just came across the zebedee list and micki's balloon world today, for no reason! (except idle curiosity :)
posted by kliuless at 9:35 AM on March 26, 2002

We're all f*cking nuts, busbyism. Rich people just have more money to indulge their nutsiness.

*pictures Frasermoo skydiving in clownsuit eating olives..*

You, Frasermoo, are an inspiration to us all...
posted by jonmc at 10:10 AM on March 26, 2002

That, Frasermoo, is the best post I've seen in AGES.
posted by rushmc at 11:03 AM on March 26, 2002

I do think it would behoove the poster to recognize that the choice of Malcolm Forbes is, well, a statistical outlier. Ol' Malcolm was, in his day, several degrees more nuts than almost any other rich person I can think of.
posted by dhartung at 1:37 PM on March 26, 2002

Au contraire, busbyism...the rich are simply ECCENTRIC, while the non-rich are f*cking nuts. :-)
posted by davidmsc at 5:43 PM on March 26, 2002

I'm non-rich and I've never fucked a nut, unless you count coconuts which you shouldn't because they're huge.
posted by dong_resin at 1:19 AM on March 27, 2002

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