1. Uplifting

    Man Travels 3.7 Miles by Party Balloons

    South African cluster balloonist Matt Silver-Vallance in mid air en route from Robben Island to the mainland near Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, April 6, 2013. The goal of Matt Silver-Vallance with his ballon trip is to raise $1 million to help build a children's hospital named after 94-year-old Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa's first black president in democratic elections in 1994 after negotiating an end to white racist rule. (AP Photo)

    Cluster balloonist Matt Silver-Vallance en route to Cape Town on Saturday. (AP)

    Talk about uplifting. On Saturday, the same day anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was released from the hospital, another South African man traveled from the jail where Mandela was held for part of his 27-year prison sentence to Cape Town. What's the big deal? He did it by flying, suspended in a chair hanging from a cluster of 160 helium-filled giant party balloons and landing in a rubber duck a few hundred yards from shore. Although the 3.7-mile journey took about an hour to complete, it was worth it: the stunt was devised to raise money for a Cape Town children's hospital.

    Read it at AFP