Just How Many Balloons Does It Take to Go “Up, Up, and Away?”

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With the recent furor around the balloon boy hoax fresh in the minds of the public, tonight the Discovery Channel is dusting off a classic episode of Mythbusters which tested how many helium-filled balloons it would take to lift a four-year-old child.

It’s not impossible. A lawn chair balloonist did it in 2007. And before that, in 1982, there was Lawn Chair Larry.

But the Mythbusters approached it in their own, unique way.

The episode airs tonight, at 10 p.m., immediately following a new Mythbusters at 9 p.m.

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