Silly string, that critical component of children’s parties and other celebrations, may be saving lives in Iraq.
When her son came back from a tour in Iraq, Marcell Shriver of Stratford, NJ, was surprised to learn that:
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 tripwires. If it hangs in the air, they know they have a problem. The wires are otherwise nearly invisible.
Shriver started a drive and has collected over 1,000 cannisters of the gooey stuff to send to Kuwait and then to Iraq through the graces of a volunteer pilot.
I am constantly amazed at the creativity of the members of the American armed services and their ability to adapt to challenging conditions both big and small.