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Silly String Saves Lives

October 16, 2007

One woman has spent more than a year trying to get 80,000 cans of silly string to Iraq. Her son, a US Army soldier asked her to send it, because the Silly String helps soldiers detect trip wire when on surveillance. This, in turn, keeps them from being blown up by IEDs.

First of all, it is cool this lady is doing this. However, it is sort of sad that when we have a DoD budget pushing a half trillion dollars this fiscal year, soldiers still have to rely on their mothers to get them Silly String to find bombs. This is the kind of thing you expect to see on Monty Python, not from the US Army in 2007.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. marino permalink
    October 16, 2007 5:50 pm

    if only the insurgents and terrorists would switch to NERF weapons, then this whole war thing might be a lot easier.

  2. andy permalink*
    October 16, 2007 7:08 pm

    We can only hope that DoD money is going to researching something useful (

    Unfortunately they are probably using it to pay consultants to sit around all day and do nothing. Hmmm.

  3. Ashley permalink
    October 16, 2007 8:32 pm

    Has anyone paid any mind to all the CFC’s those cans of silly string are releasing into the atmosphere? And more likely than not, they are produced in China, so really… it’s most likely silly lead.

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