After causing a nationwide stir on Thursday, the balloon boy is safe at home today -- and thanks to Wife Swap, we know exactly what home is like for Falcon Heene.
It is widely reported that the family at the center of the balloon drama has appeared on the reality show Wife Swap. The attention-loving Heenes left quite an impression on Wife Swap viewers, when their chaotic home life was revealed on the show.
ABC described the Heene family on the Wife Swap web page:
The Heene family from Colorado live life on the edge. Wife Mayumi (43) and storm scientist Richard (45) take their three kids, Bradford (8), Ryo (7) and Falcon (5), out of school to go on storm chasing missions to prove Richard's theories about magnetic fields and gravity. If conditions are right, Mayumi wakes her family by shouting "Storm Approaching, Storm Approaching!" into a bullhorn. The family sleep in their clothes so they can leap out of bed and into the storm-mobile. Richard calls Mayumi his 'ninja wife'; she maintains equipment, drives the storm-mobile, films tornadoes and waits with the kids while Richard jumps on his motorbike, heads into the eye of the storm and launches rockets to measure magnetic forces. At home the family are as chaotic as a twister: the kids have no table manners and throw themselves around the house, and while Richard devotes every moment to his research, he expects Mayumi to cook, clean and run the house without any help.
The Heene family's Wife Swap episode produced trainwreck moments worthy of being mocked on The Soup (clip shown here). And when ABC conducted a poll to decide which two families would return for the show's special 100th episode, the Heene family had been so memorable for viewers, they were chosen to do another swap. Their second episode of Wife Swap also highlighted their adventurous lifestyle.
But did all the nationwide attention from the show leave the Heene family hungry for more? Many of the people who prayed for "the balloon boy" on Thursday now believe it was all a Heene family hoax for publicity. In an interview on Larry King Live, Falcon was asked why he had been hiding in the attic while he heard people calling for him.
"You guys said that we did this for the show," the six-year-old boy said to his father. Busted? Hmm. It looks like after Wife Swap, the Heene family's life may have turned into one big reality show.
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