Richard & Mayumi ready the balloon while Falcon hides; hope this doesn’t 'mushroom' out of control!

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© Susan Littlefield

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I'm sure most of you followed this incredible 'balloon boy' saga on television. Are these people stupid or what?!?!? I guess greed knows no bounds!

I put this one in the 'creepy' theme because this family definitely gives me the creeps--who would do that to their child, then force him to lie about it?!?

108 responses

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    ROFL!! It's a hoax I tell ya, it's a hoax. BTW, are you saying Richard is full of hot air!! LOL!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Not always greed, but notoriety and fame!! Clever shot today, Susan!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    I rarely watch the news and am found once again, lost. But, it is a great image!!

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    LOL ... it already mushroomed out of control!! This is really great - you and your little people are brilliant!

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    ROLF!!!!!! They acted that same way on wife swap.. I remember them b/c they were all so bizarre acting...LOL.... Great tribute to them.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Spectacular!!!! I wonder if the paper will publish this one? Great work, Susan!!!!!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    =) !!!!!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Amazing. It always nice to look for your fun photos.

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens   said (19 Oct 2009):

    Bah, haa haaaa! Great current event capture. You are the best!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    LMAO!!! I really think you should call the media first on this one!!! Good one susan

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    ROFL...yes very stupid people!

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Unfortunately some individuals become so very self absorbed that they are only able to think of theirselves. Are you certain they did not call you first, Susan??? You put this wonderful piece together very quickly for someone who just found out about this in the last day or so...I think they DID call you before calling the police!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (19 Oct 2009):

    OK, Dawn, you caught me. Yeah, my posts are now world-wide! An even better gig than a guest appearance on Leno is getting featured in my daily shot. I tell you, people will stop at nothing, as evidenced by today's post!!!

    All of you know that the comments you make on my shots are what keeps me posting more shots.....I love you all!!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Ah-HAH! I knew there was a master-mind behind the stunt.

  • JS Daniel

    JS Daniel gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    love it!!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz   gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Remember when the news was information you at least sort of needed or wanted? News, reality show, sitcom - all coming together into one big stewpot of prurience and punishment. This is hilarious, Susan!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Too funny!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Honestly, as soon as the balloon landed without him I knew it was going to end this way, because I'd seen them on wife swap and he is nuts. And after awhile you could tell that balloon was too light to be holding a 6 year old boy. GREAT recreation, btw :-)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    The best . . . ever! How will this ever be topped? Contact me so we can get together to negotiate the movie rights. (What about next Saturday?)

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):


  • Sheila

    Sheila (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Thanks for the comic relief!!! :-D

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Oct 2009):


  • Cicely Graham

    Cicely Graham (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Susan, you are just too great for words! This latest one of yours is Earth-shattering!!!!! Jolly well done Susan -- keep them coming:-)

  • Robert Duncan

    Robert Duncan   gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    great comment on current events...

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    ROFLMAO! This is the BEST yet! so timely! You just keep on amazing us all!

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens   said (19 Oct 2009):

    You should take this to Adult Swim and turn it into an anime!!

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Right on Susan...I love it!

  • Jack Sills

    Jack Sills (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    This Is A Great Image..Well Done Susan!!!

  • George Leontaras

    George Leontaras gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    eXellent shot ;- )

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    OMG! I love this! Let's hope this isn't a hoax that gets them arrested!

  • Martin Hoffman

    Martin Hoffman gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Smart, awesome, great and too funny !!!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    A very timely statement, Susan. This one is one for the books. I have no words to describe how I feel about people who use their children in such deception.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    ROFL!! this one made me laugh out loud........... that guy is in SO much trouble! what an idiot!

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Oh so Topical and yet another brilliant piece you've created!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    An excellent posting today and I could not agree more with all of the above, no-one should use their children this way it is dispicable!!!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto............. love it!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    See all the above. er, has Jay Leno contacted you yet about the appearance on his show?

  • Cindy Coubrough

    Cindy Coubrough gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    lol so topical =)

  • Donald Brainard

    Donald Brainard (Deleted) gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    What everyone else has said...Count me in.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (20 Oct 2009):


  • Eivor Kuchta

    Eivor Kuchta (Deleted) gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    Excellent, Susan! I wonder if they are happy now, with all the attention they've got. I feel sorry for the kids, though. They can't help they're growing up in that kind of family.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    There are parents,,and then there are parents,,,this is so well done Susan....

  • Stu

    Stu gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    Well played.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    I can't see the 6-yr. old in the balloon - he must be there somewhere!

  • Minno Ramírez Terrón

    Minno Ramírez Terrón gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    LOL, awesome!!!

  • Eric Finster

    Eric Finster (Deleted) said (20 Oct 2009):

    Richard isn't a 'fungi' to hang around :)

  • Bert Happel

    Bert Happel gave props (20 Oct 2009):

    Creative and topical - amazing!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (21 Oct 2009):

    How "newsworthy"!! Susan, you amaze me with EVERY shot!! I can't believe how small the little people are... or is it how big the mushroom is??

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) said (21 Oct 2009):

    A champignon??? If it doesn't fly, they can make a meal out of it.



  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (21 Oct 2009):

    That family gives me the creeps, too. This is such a clever take on that fiasco. Sure deserves to be HOT.

  • Kevin Kabuki

    Kevin Kabuki gave props (22 Oct 2009):

    What a flashback! My parents did exactly the same thing to me when I was a kid. Except it was a real ufo, and I was really in it. I never returned and was lost forever to the just don't make it back from something like that.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (22 Oct 2009):

    Yeah we got that story over here, love your interpretation..

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (22 Oct 2009):

    Outstanding work Susan!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (22 Oct 2009):

    Mushrooming into balloon boy great capture !! Maybe Wolf Blitzer could do the interview :) :)

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (23 Oct 2009):

    I saw that on TV about the boy and the balloon. It was a dumb thing to do and involve that little boy like they did!!!

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford gave props (23 Oct 2009):

    This is a good one.

  • chuck goodman

    chuck goodman gave props (23 Oct 2009):

    CLASSIC! I love your sense of humor!

  • Zbigniew Markowski

    Zbigniew Markowski gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    great idea!

  • Linda Irvine

    Linda Irvine gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    LOL. This is a great current events editorial. Your work is so fun.

  • Tricia Bergland

    Tricia Bergland (Deleted) said (2 Dec 2009):

    This is priceless and I agree wholeheartedly. How on earth could parents do that to their children and I can only wonder what kind of long-term issues will come out of their stupid stunt.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Ha, ha, ha!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 May 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (29 May 2012):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (29 May 2012):

    back to vote!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (30 May 2012):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2012):

    love it!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (31 May 2012):

    back to vote!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (31 May 2012):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2012):

    I remember this crazy story! this is so funny! voted!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham   said (1 Jun 2012):


  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (2 Jun 2012):


  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (4 Jun 2012):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (4 Jun 2012):

    How did I ever miss seeing this one before? Great entry with humor...You have my vote!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Your work is incredibly creative!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (9 Jun 2012):

    hehehe wonderful capture!

  • JanElle

    JanElle gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    I heartily agree with your sentiments.. Great idea and image.. Voted!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    Susan ... you've done it again!

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    OMG this is so funny! you are right, of course, greed knows no bounds.... voted!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (10 Jun 2012):


  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (21 Jun 2012):

    Very creative! Well done. Got my vote.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    BTV :-))))

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    BTV :-))))

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt   gave props (25 Jun 2012):

    right brain creative you be!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (27 Jun 2012):

    Wow!!! Voted!!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (27 Jun 2012):

    Laughed and voted!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (1 Jul 2012):

    My vote.....


    JOE FAILK gave props (7 Jul 2012):


  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (13 Jul 2012):

    it rocks!!!! love it. My vote

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (14 Jul 2012):

    Fabulous shot

  • vince scaglione

    vince scaglione gave props (21 Jul 2012):

    Love it, love it, love it! I love your style and your humor! . . . voted good luck and God bless vince

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (5 Nov 2014):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (8 Nov 2014):

    i'm chuckling again. back to vote.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Nov 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Nov 2014):

    Back to Vote!!!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (9 Nov 2014):

    Outstanding as always, Susan! Voted!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (10 Nov 2014):

    Back to vote!!!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (11 Nov 2014):


  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (13 Nov 2014):

    a cool theme image! voted!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (13 Nov 2014):

    Great! Voted!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (20 Nov 2014):

    Voted..back in the day before I was a JPG'er. fantastic..

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (20 Nov 2014):


  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (5 Dec 2014):

    GMV! LOL

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (19 Dec 2014):

    Amazing number of responses.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Dec 2014):

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (9 Jan 2015):


  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (31 Jan 2015):

    great series of work, alway enjoyable

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