today i learned – sat 2nd sept 2017

whilst browsing the internetweb, looking for shizz to learn, i stumbled across this rather incredible fact about hot air balloons πŸ˜‚

like, it sounds like something that would be a good plot for an episode of the mighty boosh πŸ™ˆ #missyou

#tdil that the first things to travel in a hot air balloon were a sheep, a duck and a rooster 😳 πŸ‘πŸ¦†πŸ“.

it happened back in september of 1783 in paris and it once again proves that we humans aren’t all that brave πŸ™ˆ … 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!? πŸ˜‚

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 πŸ‘πŸ». 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 πŸ™ŒπŸ» 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 πŸ™ƒ … this later ended in disaster when a dude named β€˜pilatre de rozier’ died trying to cross the english channel with a hydrogen filled balloon (fire and hydrogen aren’t friends πŸ’₯)

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 πŸ‘ŒπŸ» feel like reading some more? you just need to go ->here<-

(lovely picture of hot air balloons today … makes sense really πŸ™ƒ … the license is ->here<-)

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