1. In 1927, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade introduced its first balloon: Felix the Cat. Macy’s had no contingency plan for deflating the helium-filled balloon once the parade was over. So organizers decided to just let the balloon float away, expecting it to safely come down to earth after a few days. Instead, it exploded before clearing the city, injuring several New Yorkers.

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    wtf who decided oh lets just let it float away it will just come back..
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    I remember the year Santa’s pants fell down just as he was entering Macy’s. :D His elves hustled him in pretty quickly.