Dec 6, 2006

Silly String saves lives

A decidedly low-tech battlefield option:
[A] New Jersey mother is organizing a drive to send cans of Silly String to Iraq.

American troops use the stuff to detect trip wires around bombs, as Marcelle Shriver learned from her son, a soldier in Iraq.

Before entering a building, troops squirt the plastic goo, which can shoot strands about 10 to 12 feet, across the room. If it falls to the ground, no trip wires. If it hangs in the air, they know they have a problem. The wires are otherwise nearly invisible.
Shriver, thanks to corporate donations and a pilot willing to transport the stuff, has at least 1,000 cans to send.

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