Tuesday, November 15, 2005

New Book Demonstrates Weapons Of Marsh Destruction

SALT LAKE CITY (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You’ve heard of weapons of mass destruction but now a firefighter in Salt Lake City is teaching kids how to make weapons of “marsh” destruction – as in “marshmallow.”

Richard Elton is the coauthor of Every Kid Needs A Marshmallow Launcher (Gibbs Smith, Publisher), a new how-to manual that explains how to build blow guns out of PVC pipe that are capable of shooting out marshmallows upwards of ten feet.

Elton says marshmallow launchers are great toys because they get kids playing together, and decorating them helps develop creative skills.

Even better: The actual act of launching a marshmallow allows a child to vent their aggression and also improves hand-eye coordination and lung capacity.

But he admits there are some dangers. Elton says marshmallows can stick to furniture and if you blow the launcher hard enough, it can leave welts.

Elton admits his book may be marketed for kids but he’s convinced there would be world peace if the world settled all conflicts with marshmallow launchers instead of guns.

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