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  • Welp, I wonder, if every time a writer is compelled to deploy the word "meme," they would consider changing it to "balloonatic," a word coined by Sam Leith, as a matter of record.

    Raising an objection ... Frank Wilson 2008

  • But you're wrong; for I've had several trips since; and now you've a perfect right to retort, "Well! you are a bigger _balloonatic_ than I took you for."

    Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls Anonymous


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  • "The patron saint of the everyman school of cluster ballooning — the chief “balloonatic,�? if you will — is undoubtedly Lawrence Walters, a k a Lawn Chair Larry. In 1982, he became an overnight folk hero when he tied 42 weather balloons to a lawn chair in San Pedro, Calif., christened the craft “Inspiration I�? and shot up to more than 16,000 feet."

    The New York Times, Grab Your Lawn Chair. Float Away., by Thomas Vinciguerra, July 13, 2008

    July 14, 2008

  • Spotted this in Calgary news. Another guy goes on an aerial flight.

    December 23, 2016

  • Spotted in an article about inflatable parade floats

    November 19, 2018