Wednesday, April 23, 2008
So did you ever get the urge to go down to the hardware & party supply store and pick up a tank of helium and some balloons, set up your lawn chair tie the inflated balloons to the chair (taking all 7 Harry Potter books with you of course) and sail away on a light off shore breeze let's say oh... about 30 miles out to sea?
Well that's exactly what the Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli ( a Roman Catholic Priest) decided to do to raise money . "The priest was trying to break a 19-hour record for the most hours flying with balloons to fund a spiritual rest stop for truckers in Paranagua, home to Brazil's largest grain port. Brazilian truckers often spend days waiting to unload in the port, especially during the busy soy export season now under way."(thanks msnbc)
Apparently the truckers have to spend several days in Paranagua during the harvest season. At the time of this blog we were unable to determine what exactly would be in the rest stop a Wendy's, a Burger King or a Blimpe. Personally I'm not a fan of Wendy's burgers so I'm all for the Blimpie.
The Reverend was planning on floating to a neighboring city of Dourdos 465 miles away however the wind blew him 30 miles out to sea in the opposite direction. The Revered was wearing protective gear and a parachute. He is a reported to be an experienced sky diver, however the balloons were all that was found when rescuers arrived. It is believed he is alive though and several candle light vigil's have taken place. The truckers in the mean time are hoping for a Burger King.