Shamed Balloon Boy’s Dad Hawks back scratcher on YouTube

Posted on Oct 28 2010 - 10:56pm by Richard Sharp

Do you remember Richard Heene? Neither did I until I remembered he is the father of the infamous ‘balloon boy’, named because of a hoax that had hundreds of emergency service workers chasing a balloon that they thought contained his son. Well he has launched himself into the limelight again on YouTube with the invention of his latest ridiculous gadget.

“If you itch like a son of a twitch, then you need my latest invention,” says Heene who has seemingly screwed a piece of wood to a couple of brackets and called it the ‘bear scratcher’, a self proclaimed answer to the age old problem of having an itchy back.

Although seemingly ridiculous his video has already gained a lot of interest with over 100,000 views on you tube already – he certainly knows how to attract a crowd and this viral video proves it. There is no information as yet on initial sales of the bear scratcher but I am sure results will be vigorously advertised, that’s unless the sugar/caffeine hit he is on in his video wears off.

Would you buy a bear scratcher? The more I think about it, the itchier I get, maybe there is something in the product after all?

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Richard Sharp is the founder of He loves technology, gadgets (comes with the territory) and social media. You'll find him writing features, attending events and playing with cool tech. Life's good.

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