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Photo: Ren

On the fateful Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 …
The sky was a vivid blue layered over with perfect clouds …
Many came to watch …
Screams filled the air …
Knuckles were bitten with anxiety, with excitement …
Bets, faiths and even newborn babies — okay, not babies — were recklessly cast …
Frothy butterbeers were downed by thirsty bystanders …
Blue, cardinal and gold came together …
In the epic Cal vs. USC Quidditch Scrimmage!

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Photo: Choi

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Were you one of those kids who wished they could fly every time you held your breath going through a tunnel, blew out your birthday candles or broke a wishbone? Well yeah, we think we can safely assume most children do wish to fly at least once in their lives.

Cloud 9 living, located in Sacramento, offers the opportunity to participate in weightless flight using the same method that NASA uses to train its astronauts. It’s called parabolic flight and it’s the only way to experience zero gravity without actually going into space. The plane you’re in follows a parabolic arc climbing up and then dropping over and over again. Still sound fun? Each time the plane goes down the parabola, participants get to experience 25-30 seconds of weightlessness.

Its FAA approved and has flown over 4,000 passengers without terminating any of them so it’s got the Clog’s stamp of approval (but hey, what do we know?). The video is pretty amusing. It shows an old man doing somersaults and people trying to catch floating water bubbles with their mouths, among other odd things. And, like, it’s only $5,200 per passenger.

Anyone want to treat us?

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