Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism The Doomed Cleveland Balloonfest of '86 4 months ago   00:49

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So The Cleveland Board of Tourism was not happy with the first video that I turned in. In fact, they said that upon viewing it, three of the board members moved away.

They insisted that I turn in a proper Cleveland tourism video, otherwise they will pursue litigation.

So I was really planning on buckling down and giving it my all this time, but there was a "Rock of Love" marathon on VH1 last night that I didn't want to miss, so I cranked this video out in even less time than the first one. Roughly 35 minutes total.

Despite this, I'm rather pleased with how it turned out, and I think they will be too.

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strawberrylucks
Big oof
Ghostface killah
HEY we got the rock n roll Hall of fame.....
Loyalty is everything
I live in Cleveland and that was funny but really i need to leave this city its no good
Rasheed Lewis
Proud Clevelander right here....no need to feel sorry for me....we got the Browns, and either way, the world comin to a swift end...so come visit..we welcome all bwahahahaha😂😂 mufukkn commercial look like Different Strokes about to come on😂😂😂 hit that like, and comment ur awesome city!
Don Beck
DAMN! We’ve really picked up since this video. City looks way nicer now especially the flats.
SurvivorEH28
My family went to the Cleveland Zoo once... _once_
Railfan Owen
It was leBron now is Baker the touchdown maker
Lawrence Wu
All our fish have aids HHHHHAAAAAA
Jayda Collins
wow this so true besides music schools and programs and sports cleveland is trash that is coming from someone who grew upin cleveland since birth and is still there
LaNia Baker
99% of this is correct. But the flats look a lot better.
Easy Cleveland is still scary
Everything is still under construction
Houses are still cheap but our economy is so broken no one can afford them
And Lebron James left...again
ThatGuyFromDetroit
that ending had me laughing like a madman
Vahsti Jarillo-Villa
someone make a remix and I'll send money







(JK DONT TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY)
Potato Chip
So how much is a VCR?
Tommy Thompson Fishing
At 0:16 I can confirm that is a Northern Puke or Musky
Jason Colt
According to recent events they are the equivalent of Detroit
Serene Lewis
"we're so retarded we think this is art"
"under construction since 1868"
"buy a house for the price of a vcr"
"atleast we're not detroit"






man this is funny.
The Great Mr. Gabe
The sad truth
Devlin Sheehan
Cleveland update:
we're still alive and there is still buses running which is all that matters
Lana Hendrickson
This is very offensive cause I’m from Detroit and Detroit isn’t that bad what is so wrong about Detroit?!?!?
SchnitzelFromChowder
This video is now ten years old, still relevant!
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The Doomed Cleveland Balloonfest of '86 Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism 4 months ago   06:35

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In September 1986, the city of Cleveland attempted to set a special record: the simultaneous launch of 1.5 million balloons. But fate intervened, and the result was both crazier and more tragic than anyone could have imagined. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/562556/cleveland-balloonfest/

"Balloonfest" is directed by Nathan Truesdell. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.