In the tear-jerker animated film 'Up,' a home is lifted into the sky by a cluster of party balloons. While it all looks great in Pixar's beautiful animated style, it doesn't seem like it would be something you could pull off in real life.
But, in fact, cluster ballooning is a thing, and Jonathan Trappe may well be the world's leading cluster balloonist.
The last time we heard about somebody having his ear bitten off during a fight, the unfortunate victim was boxer Evander Holyfield. This time both the suddenly ear-less man and the flesh-chomping perpetrator are holy men.
We are inching closer to the shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday, the day on which stores around the nation offer door-busting prices so low that otherwise-rational consumers take temporary leave of their senses, shake off their tryptophan haze and rush to the nearest mall at ungodly hours of the night. Or maybe not.
Negotiations between President Obama and the Republican-led House of Representatives over the "fiscal cliff" are heating up. Some economists believe if a compromise isn't made by December 31 of this year, the U.S. economy could fall back into recession.
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