We all remember the Balloon Boy hoax from the fall of 2009: Richard and Mayumi Heene claimed that their son, Falcon, was trapped in a helium balloon that accidentally floated away, igniting a storm of international media coverage. It turned out Falcon was never in the balloon-- he had been hiding in the family's attic the entire time.
So whatever happened to this family of geniuses? Well, if you thought launching a nationwide hoax pretending that your son was caught in a gas-filled balloon was the weirdest thing this family would do, think again.
Shortly after the balloon-related hoopla died down, the family tried to auction off the now infamous dirigible for $1 million in an effort to raise money for charity. Inexplicably nobody wanted to cough up that much money and their auction failed.
Richard Heene (father of "Balloon Boy") decided to venture into non-balloon related territory and invented a human scratching post called the Bear Scratch with the tagline "If you itch like a song of a twitch." Costing only $19.99 and offering so many aerobic possibilities it's a wonder everybody doesn't have one of these.
Not quite satisfied with just being an entrepreneur, Heene then decided to scratch another kind of itch: acting. In 2011, he starred in what could be considered the worst music video of all time entitled "Aluminum Man," where he plays a man who lives inside of a soda can and subsists on a diet of eggs.
What his next venture will be is anyone's guess, at this point.