Courtesy of Fark.com, we are reminded that nearly 25 years ago, a guy named larry tied 42 huge helium weather balloons to a Sears lawn chair, strapped himself in and cut himself loose. He eventually reached 14,000 feet altitude strapped into this contraption, and was in constant communication with his friends and family, along with a number of very alarmed authorities, using a hand held CB radio. If you've got 18 minutes to kill and want to relive this historic moment of idiocy, here's the audio.
I'm not sure what happened to the guy in the end, mostly because there's not a lot the courts could do as I recall. The legal system just wasn't prepared to deal with somebody this incredibly stupid.
(Hint: His descent plan was to start cutting balloons loose when he wanted to come down.) On the radio, he was actually quite proud and announced to the air traffic authorities that "this has never been done before." Ya think?