Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Silly String

Did you know that Silly String could save a soldier's life?! New Jersey mother, Marcelle Shriver (pictured in the photo taken by Mel Evans/AP) was asked by her son Todd, now deployed with the U.S. Army in Iraq, asked if she could send him a couple cans of Silly String. When he revealed the reason that he wanted such an odd item, upon hearing the explanation, an idea was born! Todd explained that U.S. troops in Iraq have discovered that Silly String can help them find deadly tripwires attached to bombs. They spray it into a room before entering and if the strings all settle safely on the floor there aren't any wires. If the strings hang up on something -- the troops know not to go in.

What an amazing story! My question is who was the first person to use Silly String for such a purpose?! This is exactly how great ideas are born isn't it?!

10 comments, add yours here:

Travis said...

DOH! Now that's using the old noggin!

Mommatude said...

Thats awesome,makes you want to go buy out silly string and send it over!!

Roger said...

That is good thinking! The United States should start stocking it over there!!

Linda said...

Nothing silly about that string if it can save the lives of some of our troops! What a great idea! Brilliant!

Sarge Charlie said...

this really works, it will not trip the bomb but it will hang over the wire

Bubba's Sis said...

Silly AND amazing! What a great idea! Kudos to whoever figured this one out!

Matt-Man said...

Who'd a thunk it? Cheers!!

Dayngr said...

Very much so! Great initiatives are being taken by people all over the country to protect our troops and boost their morale. Thanks for sharing this story with others.

Fratzels said...

Amazing! Imagine the ingenuity of the first person to test the theory. Good for them!!!

girlymom said...

I never would have thought of that. Hmmm