Balloon Boy's Tween Heavy Metal Career Lifts Off

Camille Dodero · 07/02/13 11:59AM

Richard Heene did not mean to utter the words. The 51-year-old manager of the Heene Boyz, an unsigned metal band comprising his three home-schooled sons, was recounting how one Christmas years ago, he was so broke that he'd had to design an ingenious sort of wooden building system, fabricated from $35 worth of materials, for his children's present.

The King and I Starring Richard Heene

Matt Cherette · 01/08/10 11:35PM

Richard Heene, manufacturer of hoaxes and believer in reptilian humanoids, graced Larry King Live with his presence tonight for an ~*~EXCLUSIVE~*~ interview. How did Heene fare when faced with hard-hitting questions from Lar Bear? Well, he cried—a lot.

The Fake Decade

Ravi Somaiya · 12/23/09 12:55PM

The years from 2000 to 2009 were unified by fakeness — high-profile charlatans penetrated virtually every area of life (as Frank Rich also pointed out). From fake celebrities to fake journalists, here's a top ten of our favourite* frauds.

Balloon Boy Parents Face Jail Time, Profit Ban

Ravi Somaiya · 12/23/09 06:02AM

Richard and Mayume Heene, better known as the parents of balloon boy, will be sentenced today. They are facing 90 and 60 days incarceration respectively. And the judge may prevent them profiting from the incident. Reality TV producers weep. [AP]

2009: An Autotuned Retrospective

Mike Byhoff · 12/08/09 05:39PM

2009 will be remembered for a lot of things. Those things will probably be remembered better if we mash 'em up and autotune them.