Saturday, February 2, 2013

Silly Or Not, It Works...!

Sometimes the most surprising uses for unlikely items can even save lives!

When ever you can find a story like this, it's hard not to share it. Kinda makes us rethink what we might otherwise call silly or useless! Good things can come from little packages!

Silly String

Leonard A. Fish and Robert P. Cox teamed up in 1972 to create an aerosol spray-on cast for broken limbs. They failed miserably. What they ended up with was a substance they patented as a “foamable resinous composition,” and after months of apprehension, Wham-O decided to distribute it.

Fast forward to 2006: stationed in Iraq, Spc. Todd Shriver and the rest of his unit were devoid of any practical way to clear buildings of trip wires that trigger IEDs, so they were forced to improvise. Silly String could be sprayed from more than ten feet away and was lightweight enough to remain suspended by the tripwires without detonating the explosive. Today, more than 120,000 cans of silly string have been shipped to Marines on the front lines.

Makes ya more than just a little proud of the toy industry, doesn't it?

Coffee out on the patio. How about some fresh potato bread, toasted?


Gorges Smythe said...

Hard to argue with success!

chinasyndrome said...

Damn,whodathunk it?


JO said...

Now that is a useful toy. Thanks to the inventors and Whan O putting it on the market.

I would love to have coffee on the patio. I'll bring the fresh ground coffee.

kare said...


HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Indeed it is! Pretty smart on someone's part to even try it!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey China...
Whatever works, right? I wouldn't have thought of it!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
Who would have ever thought that a silly toy could save lives!

Thanks for dropping by this morning, sweetie!

Hey Kare...
It is that! I like the idea!

Many thanks for coming over this morning!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they should change the name on it now, that's anything but silly!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Wow, didn't know that. A great way of making a life saving use out of an existing "toy" for kids.

HermitJim said...

Hey Crister...
They should, but probably never will.

Handy that it could protect some guys though!

Many thanks for coming by today!

Hey Dizzy...
Big things can come in small packages, it seems!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by!