December 25, 1998

On December 25, 1998 Richard Branson, Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden called it quits near Hawaii on their attempt to fly non-stop around the world in a balloon. They had only made it through seven days when they ran out of Little Debbies, Mountain Dew and Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli. It turns out that Branson and Lindstrand were terrible farters and Fossett didn’t want to have to explain to Interpol why he was the only person to finish the trip.

I seem to recall something else that is celebrated on this day... a birth, I think? There aren’t any balloons involved, but people give gifts and murder evergreens (for some reason). I believe the gift giving has something to do with three guys who gave the baby Little Debbies, Mountain Dew, and Ravioli. Share this post, if you think my memory banks are scrambled.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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