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Silly String, Serious Cause

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Tiger Scouts of Troop 47 have become quite silly in recent weeks - but for a serious purpose.

They're among the groups of children nationwide who are spending
their time and efforts on a special project that will benefit the military in Iraq.

They're collecting Silly String. Charleston 7-year-olds are working on a project to collect and send hundreds of cans of the neon-colored chemical to the troops stationed in Iraq.

Troops use the product when they're doing room-to-room searches
for booby traps or improvised explosive devices. When squirted, the
chemicals react with air to form a foamy strand up to 12 feet long.

It's not clear who first thought of the military applications of Silly String. It saw some action during Vietnam, and there's some
evidence that Marines operating in Anbar province introduced the
stuff to Iraq.

The word spread quickly, via the Internet, to other combat personnel, and the product started arriving in Iraq shortly thereafter.

The troop has collected over 200 cans so far and will continue
to collect through February 28th.


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