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59. Bright Idea: Military use of Silly String November 25, 2006

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in IdeaSpark*, Plaything, Product.
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Here is a Bright Idea (from the latest Time magazine): the use of silly string by US military to detect trip wires (attached to mines). I would like to meet the guy who thought of this.

Read on for the actual short article…

Not So Silly String In Iraq
By ELLIN MARTENS
From the Nov. 27, 2006 issue of TIME magazine
“American troops in Iraq have become masters of improvisation, like bolting jury-rigged armor to humvees to shield themselves from sniper fire and shrapnel. Lately, an even more novel item has joined their battle kits. Stratford, N.J., mom Marcelle Shriver recently got a call from her son Todd requesting … Silly String. Marines working with his unit in Iraq had shown the Army combat engineer how it can be used to detect trip wires. Before searching buildings, for example, personnel spray doorways from at least 10 ft. away with streams of foam–and see if they’re snagged by barely visible wires, which are often affixed to bombs. The Army acknowledges the off-label use, and Marine spokesman Captain Jay Delarosa says, “We force Marine trainees to improvise.” Shriver is raising money to mail string to Iraq (aerosol cans are haz-mat and costly to ship). So the next time you waste string at a party, remember it could save a life.” (note: this was the entire article).

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1. SparkBugg - December 7, 2006

There is a lot of new interest in the military use of silly spring, so here is another more in depth article from CBSnews.:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/06/iraq/main2234543.shtml

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