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Posted on 11/10/2006 4:12:45 PM PST by Sub-Driver
No Joke: NJ Mom Collects 'Silly String' for Iraq Troops
by KYW's David Madden
A Camden County, NJ woman is working on a plan to send cans of the children's aerosol toy "Silly String" to troops in Iraq.
Stress relief? Hardly.
Marcelle Shrivers son has been in Iraq for a month now. She says Army and Marine units spray the string through the doorways of buildings before entering them -- to make sure there are no bombs inside:
"If the string falls to the ground, there are no trip wires. If the string hangs in mid-air, then they can see that theres a wire and they do not go in until they can dismantle it."
And he wants more. Shes gathered two cases of the string so far, and $140 to help in shipping. She needs more of both.
Donations are being taken at St. Lukes Church in Stratford, NJ, and at Our Lady of Grace in Somerdale.
(Excerpt) Read more at kyw1060.com ...
Jon Carry would never believe the ingenuity!
Brilliant. Simply brilliant.
brilliant, and far more effective than our congress
Now, lets hope that someone does not come up with a new anti-tripwire string that costs $100 a can and sell it to the military.
Ah, something else to add to my troop Christmas package. What a great idea!
Sounds like stress relief to me.
I see a major congressional investigation looming-"Why aren't our troops being supplied with the proper equipment?"
What a slick use for the stuff. And, I suppose, if they hear a funny sound from inside the building, they can light the silly string and use the can as a flamethrower!
Smart mom...why didn't the brass think of this first?
rather cool. I'm going to have my sister's cub scout troop go collect 'em and ship them off.
Wow, now that's really something. When I first read this, I figured it was a joke or something.
Front-line troops are more creative. We have learned a ton about urban warfare in this environment.
bump for bookmark
Spiderman serving in the WOT?
Well... because the brass weren't the ones with the problem.
The churches are about 15 minutes away from my house and my daughter plays volleyball against their team, they can count me in! I'll be dropping some silly string by!
BRILLIANT! American ingenuity at its finest, and from a bunch of poor, stupid, uneducated kids probably from Mississippi dumb enough to get stuck there!
Also, it's a shame the genius EM that thought of this will never be known. This is deserving of a medal. But the thought of saving American lives is the best reward.
Well, true, but a left handled rubber swab handle is more effective than our congress.
You read my mind.
necessity- mother of invention (kind of)
John Kerry could have received a purple heart if the silly string "shrapnel" had struck him back in those dark days.
Next on Oprah - It's all fine till someone puts an eye out!
Thread over, perfect response...
I suggest she contact the manufacturer. Maybe, just maybe they would donate some or give her a good price.
Perhaps the article could be forwarded to them, so they could make the offer to her unasked?
I just finished reading an excellent book..."No True Glory", it is about the battle for Fallujah, the whole process both political and military that led up to it, and the great, sad and humorous stories of our Marines in the city.
In one scene, the Marines asked for flamethrowers and were turned down by the generals in charge. You can imagine, with the hubub from shooting an injured insurgent, what would have happened if there had been pictures of the insurgents being burned alive by Marines with flamethrowers.
There was a story about a bunch of Marines who had one of their favorite buddies killed by a bunch of insurgents holed up in a house. The Marines tried for a while to attack them with no success, then someone noticed there was a big fuel tank with cooking or heating oil on the roof.
They fired a round into it, let it all drain down into the house, then threw in a flare to ignite it. As I recall, the author said "The Marines smoked cigarettes and listened impassively to the screams from the insurgents within..."
I'll bet it was impassive. I wouldn't want to have to fight those Marines after I killed one of their buddies.
Something else to add in to the Christmas Packages from Proud Patriots.
Why didn't Rummy have tons of Silly String ready for this war? They have to buy their own?
I thought this was a joke at first. Makes sense.
Great idea! Neil...PINGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!
Even though the reason for wanting Silly String is deadly serious, I can still envision a Zucker-esque battle where a platoon of Marines take out an al Qaeda type by hosing him down with silly string to the point where he cannot move.
Is this for real?
As a former Combat Engineer, I am kicking myself for not having thought of this. Bravo!
Hell I bet these guys even studied hard at school.
Didn't get the impression that the mom thought of it, she's just trying to send some to her son who requested it because trrops are already using it.
As a VET I first wanna say GOD BLESS OUR VETS, and TROOPS
Tech Sgt welds steel onto the front of a Sherman, bam instant bulldozer for hedgerows. WWII
Our troops have the brains unless they listen to John Kerry which I guess they didn't.
That would be SGT. Cullen I believe, for whom the Cullen Hedgerow Cutter was named. They were made from old German beach obstacles on the Normandy beaches.
That's what Rumsfeld ment by you go to war with the army you have --and let me add: you fight the war with what you have.
Then lighting it? That stuff is deadly flammable.
"Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!"
Does anybody have an address of where we can send packages to the troops? and who do you address it to?
Ya know what? Even if it's NOT for real.....think of the fun our boys & girls would have with silly string!!!
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