Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

It Isn't Silly At All

Interesting article in this morning's NJ Star-Ledger about how our troops in Iraq are using Silly String to help locate the micro-thin, nearly invisible tripwires of explosive booby traps. As it explains:
"...soldiers go building to building, spraying the stuff before entering rooms. If the Silly String falls to the ground, the coast is clear. If the Silly String catches on something, there's trouble."
The official army comment, at the very end of the article, is encouraging:
"Soldiers in the field improvise all the time," said Maj. Anne Edgecomb, an Army spokeswoman. "That's just good soldiering."
Great to hear - I was half afraid they would insist on using only an official army-issue silly-string equivalent, costing $450.00 per can instead of $2.00!

Anyway, this got me thinking about other military applications for common playthings from my (or my kids') youth. For example:
I'm available for further consultation once our new Secretary of Defense is confirmed!


At 12/6/06, 11:05 AM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Billy Bass is a fine upstanding American and don't you forget it. ;)

At 12/6/06, 6:19 PM, Anonymous Subway Sally said...

Never thought Silly String could be used to save lives. Good catch, literally.

At 12/10/06, 10:49 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Elie - won't be long till the pentagon catches up with the improvisational "good solidering."
If I were you I'd get going on the patent for "Freedom String" (just like silly string only more American and $40 a can.) You can look forward to a generous defense contract.

At 12/11/06, 12:03 AM, Anonymous soccer dad said...

Actually the problem isn't in the Silly String itself, but in the shipping. Because aerosol cans are potentially dangerous the cost of shipping the stuff is pretty high.

At 12/13/06, 3:51 AM, Blogger Hila said...

you are too funny! nice post! sorry i haven't visited in awhile.


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