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Know Your Meme Describes the Balloon Boy Phenomenon in Detail

By: Shelby Lee Walsh - Published: Nov 21, 2009 • References: knowyourmeme
The boy named Falcon Heene will go down as being one of the most entertaining memes of 2009. Better known by his nickname Balloon Boy, Heene started off a Internet and media frenzy when it was reported that he had floated into the heavens via a homemade balloon. The balloon boy phenomenon was then born.

While it turns out he was just hiding in a box in an attic, Heene's faux story is an interesting one to analyze because it is a "meta meme" (as Know Your Meme describes it). Check out what they think the balloon boy phenomenon says about our media outlets in the video above.