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Monday, July 11, 2011

Fringeville Edition #11, July 11 2011

Smart Bombs. Drones. Night vision goggles. The weapons and tools of the 21st century.

And, of course, Holly sticks.

We’re fighting low-tech weapons (roadside bombs) with low tech weapons of our own. The Holly stick is a long bamboo pole with a scythe on the end. You poke the ground ahead of you looking for trip-wires or recently-dug earth.

 Leon Panetta wields a Holly stick in Afghanistan
Photo by Kevin Baron/Stars and Stripes

The holly stick:  $3 each in Afghanistan. Or, order them direct from the Pentagon at $753.99 each, plus tax.

(Just kidding …I don’t think the Pentagon can charge tax).