Silly String, once only a a child's toy, has a different, not so amusing use. Soldiers in Iraq have been using it to detect tripwires. They shoot the stuff, which travels about 10-12 feet, across a room before entering, if it hangs in the air, that indicates a possible trip wire.
Problem has been that since it comes in an aerosol can, it cannot be easily shipped overseas. Marcelle Shriver began a campaign to send cans of the stuff to Iraq after her son, Todd, a soldier in Ramadi slated to leave Iraq in November, asked his parents to send cans of the product.
Shriver finally found a company to ship the 80,000 cans she had amassed earlier this week.
What the hell are we doing over there?