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This Woman Set Up A Huge Inflatable In Her Living Room And It Got Out Of Control

"I thought, Yeah, maybe I should unplug this now before it gets much bigger, but it had gotten big enough that it was now totally blocking the socket where I'd plugged it in. So I just sat back and watched the rest unfold."

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Hicks was up late writing when she realised she needed to take a break, so she decided to try out a Halloween decoration she had bought a little early: a 13-foot Ghostbusters Stay Puft inflatable.

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"Normally I wouldn't be thinking about Halloween in August," Hicks told BuzzFeed News.

"But I am a huge Ghostbusters fan so I bought Mr Stay-Puft on sight. I had been planning on saving it for October but since I needed a pick-me-up I figured 'what the heck' and cracked open the box to try it out."

What happened next was slightly disastrous:

"There wasn't a display model up when I bought it," said Hicks, "so all I knew was what the box said about it being 13-foot tall. My ceilings are not quite that high, but I figured I could blow it up most of the way and see what happened."

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"It blew up a lot faster than I thought it would, and it was way wider than I realised," she said.

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"Since I hadn't staked it down into the ground ... it kind of just expanded horizontally over everything, knocking stuff down in the process and narrowly missing the ceiling fan. At this point I could've unplugged it, but what would be the fun in that, really."

She "let it ride", and then the inflatable began knocking over things all over her living room.

Twitter: @histoftech

"I thought, Yeah, maybe I should unplug this now before it gets much bigger, but it had gotten big enough that it was now totally blocking the socket where I'd plugged it in. So I just sat back and watched the rest unfold."

Her tweet of the incident has already picked up over 2,000 retweets.

Twitter: @histoftech

"This is the most popular thing I've ever tweeted, by far," Hicks said. "It's a little disconcerting because I mostly use my Twitter feed for academic/professional stuff and keeping up with colleagues at other universities. I guess we don't get to choose what our 15 minutes of fame end up being for though!"