Silly String Saves Lives

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Dec 08, 2006 8:51 AM

While, on the homefront, politicians concentrate on finding new and innovative ways to lose in Iraq, our servicemen are coming up with new and innovative ways to win, despite them:

Which is why 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.