whilst browsing the internetweb, looking for shizz to learn, i stumbled across this rather incredible fact about hot air balloons 😂
like, it sounds like something that would be a good plot for an episode of the mighty boosh 🙈 #missyou
#tdil that the first things to travel in a hot air balloon were a sheep, a duck and a rooster 😳 🐑🦆🐓.
it happened back in september of 1783 in paris and it once again proves that we humans aren’t all that brave 🙈 … getting animals to do out dirty work.
before we get into the details about the flight itself, can we just take a moment to appreciate the random selection of animals that they went with!? like, why a sheep, a rooster and a duck?! why not three ducks, or three chickens or three sheep!? 😂
anyway, as you can imagine, that first flight was quite the spectacle; 130,000 french citizens showed up to watch … even king louis xvi and his wife marie antoinette were there!
the flight lasted just eight minutes and the animals landed (unharmed) near the palace 👍🏻. all of the spectators were pretty dumbfounded by the whole situation 😱 – you’ve got to remember that this is two whole centuries before the wright brothers.
people later had a go in hot air balloons and life was good 🙌🏻 thank you crazy animal stunt doubles.
funnily, scientists didn’t really understand the physics of the situation and thought they’d discovered a new gas that made the balloon fly 🙃 … this later ended in disaster when a dude named ‘pilatre de rozier’ died trying to cross the english channel with a hydrogen filled balloon (fire and hydrogen aren’t friends 💥)
anyway, on that cheery note! here concludes our random fact of the day! lolol. i feel like the boosh needs to come back with this as an episode!
byyeeeeee 🌈 #tdil
slightly random one again today 👌🏻 feel like reading some more? you just need to go ->here<-
(lovely picture of hot air balloons today … makes sense really 🙃 … the license is ->here<-)