The Doomed Cleveland Balloonfest of ’86


You can inflate a balloon in three
seconds, I understand. How long is he gonna take these kids with no
experience? We’re figuring that they’ll do about 2-3 balloons a minute. I’ve been doing this since I was 15 years old, so it’s unfair to compare, but
2-3 balloons a minute. Each kid is gonna do about 700 balloons
or so. And we’ll do it in about 4-6 hours. Remember folks, don’t park on the square because this ain’t the place for your car this weekend! It sounds like fun, David. I understand we might have a northerly wind, too, so they’ll all wind up over Canada. Ladies and gentlemen, live from downtown Cleveland, it’s Big Chuck and Lou in front of the
biggest happening around! We have a real story to tell
you. We’re not making this up. Mary Ellen bought two bunches of balloons to give to John and I here. She came down and one of the
bunches of balloons she had tied to her watch and the opened up and the balloons took it! It’s now going out east somewhere. So if anybody finds Mary Ellen’s watch tied to a bunch of balloons like this
and if you return it to the station we’ll have all kind of rewards for you. What is your name? Tanya, show everybody what you have on your hands there. Those are bandages. And what are they for? Did you get any blisters? Yeah, three. I still think they have the record! Back to you, Chuck! This is something that has been in the planning stages since March So a lot of technical research and research about the city permits. It’s absolutely astonishing that they would try and get something like this off, let alone waiting for good weather. So this is a big plus for Cleveland. They predicted 70% chance
of showers today and I think this is a prime example of what United Way is
trying to do in terms of saying, “Cleveland’s it’s your time! It’s time to say
yes! It’s time to say it is a happening city!” We are on the move. It’s no longer
the butt of jokes. I’ve been in this city now for 6 months and I
absolutely love it. My wife and I have even talked
to moving here. Our friends in LA think we’re nuts. But it is a wonderful place. If I had money to invest, this is where I’d be invested. It’s completely covering the Terminal
Tower! Ah, look at that! Awesome! I wanna sing, “Up, Up, and Away!” The multi-colors that are going up in the air at this moment! Let’s hear it for Cleveland! Ladies and gentlemen, there is no mistake on the lake anymore! Cleveland has now broken the Guinness
Book of World Records and released over 1,500,000 balloons! All of this, in Cleveland, Ohio! The all-American city! News Anchor: It’s been an exhausting search for these
Coast Guardsmen. They’ve been out on the water most of the day looking for two 40-year-old Cleveland men, Skip Sullivan and Raymond Broderick. They went out fishing about an hour before last night’s heavy storm blew through. This is their boat. A pair of life jackets still in it, along with a hat and a fishing pole. The boat’s motor is gone. Its sides are battered, apparently from pounding all night against this section of the breakwall off Edgewater Park. That’s where the
Coast Guard found the boat about 8:30 this morning. Ironically that big balloon
launch in Cleveland today is one of the things that’s making this search so
tough for the Coast Guard. Can you imagine trying to find somebody floating
out here or even spotting a lifejacket with all these balloons on the water? It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. You’re looking for a head or an orange lifejacket. You have a
couple hundred thousand orange balloons. It’s just hard to
decipher which is which. Because of weather, 60% of the balloons
launched landed here instead of the planned 10%. Many of them were found on
Lake Erie. The balloons that covered the lake and caused concern on Saturday are no longer here today. No one’s quite sure where they went but at least they’re no longer posing a threat to fish and wildlife and they’re not
littering the lake. Michelle Holden live on five.

100 comments

  1. I was born in 82' and I think this has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. What knucklehead thought you know what.. this is a thing we should do. All generations are dumb, we're all equal okay! The human race as a whole are a bunch of dumbasses. That's your life lesson from an elder kiddos.

  2. 😭😭😭😭🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂 best show ever!! They did it they really really did it!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 lmao!!! Omg!!! 80’s must have been the dumbest ever! Fuck this is funny!!! 🤣😂

  3. Why is everyone saying they blame millennials for climate change in the comments?🤔 where do you guys get this stuff from?

  4. I cant believe the lady in the end really said that.

    That statement is telling so much about the pre internet times mindset…Out of sight out of mind.

  5. Earlier generations complain about millennials and gen z people fore “ruining the earth” meanwhile they did stuff like this without question

  6. All of those people shared one braincell but they sold it for more balloons. No longer causing harm? Did they think the balloons just despawned?

  7. The kinds of things people will do to try to set a world record… sickening. From balloons that litter the land and water to water slides that aren’t properly tested, it makes me sick to think of what other consequences could happen when people try to set outrageous records.

  8. amerKKKa due to its dumbness and arrogance are the biggest polluters of this planet, yet they're always pointing fingers at others.

  9. Well, for only the third time in my whole life, I was so STUNNED, I was literally paralyzed for a minute. I cannot comprehend this type of stupidity! First, Trump gets elected, then the k!ll3r of Botham Jean is practically given a mani pedi & a mimosa in court, then I stumble upon this idiotic video. I need a vacation

  10. 🎶Fun times in Cleveland, again! Still Cleveland! Come on down to Cleveland town, everyone! Under construction since 1868! 🎶

  11. Honestly right when I seen the title I thought about was how much littering was being done. That was so stupid for a one time feeling.

  12. Well as long as all that garbage/mess ended up in Canada!! So what, who cares. Deal with it Canada!! Lol How stupid was this fiasco? Idiots….

  13. Now that was totaly stupid..im thinking bout the fish and wild life that die trying to eat that shit and so much more !!!..damn humans can get up to stupid things and this is a good example of human intelligence in this modern day and age..wtf ????

  14. lol. "Cleveland is great. It's the best. Its on the up. Everyone should live here…. I've been here 6 months.. I live in LA, but I would invest here…" Classic.

  15. I thought somebody was going to fly away with balloons when I saw this title and started watching ,wondering to myself what could go wrong!! lol😂😂

  16. Some guy in 1986: "[Cleveland] is a happening city. We are on the move. It's no longer the butt of jokes or anything…"
    History: We have determined that was a lie.

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