Adelir Antonio, 51,
was not so lucky.
(20 April 2008, Atlantic Ocean) A Catholic priest recently ascended to
heaven on a host of helium balloons, paying homage to Lawn Chair Larry's aerial adventure.
In 1982, Lawnchair Larry attached 45 weather balloons to his
lawnchair, packed a picnic lunch, and cut the tether--but instead of
drifting above Los Angeles
babescape as planned, he was
rocketed into LAX air traffic lanes by the hefty lift of the balloons!
Astoundingly, Larry survived the flight, inspiring the movies Up! and
Deckchair Danny, and also inspiring Father Adelir Antonio, 51.
This priest's audacious attempt to set a world record for clustered balloon
flight was intended to publicize his plan to build spiritual rest stops for
truckers. But as truckers know, sitting for 19 hours is not a trivial
matter even in the comfort of your own lawn chair.
The priest did take numerous precautions, including wearing a survival suit,
flying a buoyant chair, packing a satellite phone and GPS. However,
the late A.A. made a fatal mistake -- he did not know how to use the GPS.
The winds changed, as winds do, and he was blown inexorably toward open
sea. He could have parachuted to safety while over land but chose not
to. When the voyager was perilously lost at sea, he finally phoned for
help--but rescuers were unable to determine his location since he
could not use his GPS. He struggled with the unit as the charge on the
cellphone dwindled and died.
Instead of a GPS, the Priest let God be his guide.
Over the next few weeks, bits of balloons began appearing on mountains and
beaches, indicating that God had guided him straight to heaven. Ultimately
the priest's body surfaced, confirming that he had indeed paid a visit to
The kicker? It's a Double Darwin. Catholic priests take vows of
celibacy. Since priests voluntarily remove themselves from the genepool, the
entire group earns a mass Darwin Award. Adelir Antonio wins twice!
Closure of Rest Stops Decried.
Rest Stops Urgently Needed in the area!
Adelir Antonio was doing good in his
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Reference: globo.com, Sydney Morning Herald, Associated Press, and numerous others