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    STRATFORD, N.J. - In an age of multimillion-dollar high-tech weapons systems, sometimes it's the simplest ideas that can save lives. Which is why a New Jersey mother is organizing a drive to send cans of Silly String to Iraq.

    American troops use the stuff to detect trip wires around bombs, as Marcelle Shriver learned from her son, a soldier in Iraq.

    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 trip wires. If it hangs in the air, they know they have a problem. The wires are otherwise nearly invisible.

    Now, 1,000 cans of the neon-colored plastic goop are packed into Shriver's one-car garage in this town outside Philadelphia, ready to be shipped to the Middle East thanks to two churches and a pilot who heard about the drive.

    "If I turn on the TV and see a soldier with a can of this on his vest, that would make this all worth it," said Shriver, 57, an office manager.

    The maker of the Silly String brand, Just for Kicks Inc. of Watertown, N.Y., has contacted the Shrivers about donating some. Other manufacturers make the stuff, too, and call their products "party string" or "crazy string."

    "Everyone in the entire corporation is very pleased that we can be involved in something like this," said Rob Oram, Just for Kicks product marketing manager. He called the troops' use of Silly String innovative.

    The military is reluctant to talk about the use of Silly String, saying that discussing specific tactics will tip off insurgents.

    But Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said Army soldiers and Marines are not forbidden to come up with new ways to do their jobs, especially in Iraq's ever-evolving battlefield. And he said commanders are given money to buy nonstandard supplies as needed.

    In other cases of battlefield improvisation in Iraq, U.S. soldiers have bolted scrap metal to Humvees in what has come to be known as "Hillybilly Armor." Medics use tampons to plug bullet holes in the wounded until they can be patched up.

    Also, soldiers put condoms and rubber bands around their rifle muzzles to keep out sand. And troops have welded old bulletproof windshields to the tops of Humvees to give gunners extra protection. They have dubbed it "Pope's glass" — a reference to the barriers that protect the pontiff.

    In an October call to his mother, Army Spc. Todd Shriver explained how his unit in the insurgent hotbed of Ramadi learned from Marines to use Silly String on patrol to detect boobytraps.

    After sending some cans to her 28-year-old son, Shriver enlisted the help of two priests and posted notices in her church and its newsletter. From there, the effort took off, with money and Silly String flowing in. Parishioners have been dropping cans into donation baskets.

    "There's so much that they can't do, and they're frustrated, but this is something they can do," said the Rev. Joseph Capella of St. Luke's Church in Stratford.

    The Shrivers said they would not mind seeing the string as standard-issue equipment, but they don't blame the military for not supplying it.

    "I don't think that they can think of everything," said Ronald Shriver, 59, a retired salesman. "They're taught to improvise, and this is something that they've thought of."

    Marcelle Shriver said that since the string comes in an aerosol can, it is considered a hazardous material, meaning the Postal Service will not ship it by air. But a private pilot who heard about her campaign has agreed to fly the cans to Kuwait — most likely in January — where they will then be taken to Iraq.

    Shriver said she will continue her campaign as long as her son is overseas and she has Silly String to send.

    "I know that he's going come through this. I hope they all do," she said.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    You know, as cute as this story is, it's too bad it's made the news.

    This is what as known as discussing tactics, the Hajis can read too and they'll change their tactics to more sophisticated triggers such as pressure and magnetic, which Silly String doesn't detect. This in turn makes everything more dangerous for our guys and will get more killed, all because some guy's mom thought it would make a cute story.
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    String is SAS lifesaver
    By JOHN KAY
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    SAS troops have discovered a new secret weapon against al-Qaeda booby traps — party aerosol cans of silly STRING.

    They spray the joke substance to expose virtually invisible trip wires in caves or darkened buildings they must enter.

    The brightly-coloured string hangs across the wires, but is too light to set off explosives.

    America has spent millions trying in vain to develop battle-ready imaging devices that can spot the deadly menace in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But the SAS — motto Who Dares Wins — have beaten them to a solution with the £1.69 cans of string they buy from WOOLWORTHS.

    Their “Who Dares Strings” brainwave came from a senior NCO at a regimental Christmas bash at their HQ near Hereford.

    One reveller let loose some string and it landed on fishing line holding up decorations. A source revealed: “Bingo, the idea was born.

    “Now it works very successfully. There is no doubt that a considerable number of lives have been saved — and others have been spared from horrendous maiming.”

    The Americans are said to be “totally gobsmacked” at the ingenuity. A senior security source said: “They have spent millions developing infra-red and ultra violet hi-tech imaging devices to show up tripwires.

    “But these are both bulky and not robust enough for combat conditions.

    “However the SAS men just popped into Woolies in Hereford and bought several cans of silly string each.”

    “It’s cheap, it’s quick and it doesn’t need tech support or extensive training.”

    Terrorism expert Chris Dobson said: “This is another example of the ingenuity of the British soldier.”

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    If they could get their hands on the original formula Silly String, then it would double as a safe flame thrower. I always though it would be cool to mount an Abrahms M-1 with that stuff.

    Fire good!

    Also, it would really ad zest to the battle field.
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