Kent Couch, of Oregon USA, rigged 150 giant balloons to a garden chair and took off, drifting 380km (235 miles) on his flying machine.
After nine hours in the air, the garage owner used a BB gun to pop enough balloons to land safely in a tiny town across the state border.
In a similar incident, Grandmother Wynne D’Sisted of Calais, France found herself floating across the English Channel on a garden sun lounger.
“My grandson, ee iz responsible, I fall asleep on ze garden chair, ee attaches the balloons and then I wake up to find I am a UFO. At my age, it is too hideous an ordeal. I will kill the petite merde!”
Don’t worry, gentle reader, the old French woman was returned to Calais the same day using a trebuchet at Dover Castle. She will not be enjoying fine English cuisine and hospitality at the tax payers expense.