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Date: 06/17/06 02:19 AM

71 Responses to Flexible Body Armor

  1. Profile photo of buddy
    buddy Male 30-39
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    June 17, 2006 at 12:54 am
    Link: Flexible Body Armor - Very good invention.
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    shizzaster Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 2:22 am
    25th hit!
    and that link does not work for me...
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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
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    June 17, 2006 at 2:23 am
    Cool idea, but, once it stiffens upon getting hit, are you then stuck like that? I mean, let`s say you get hit in the leg. Do you then have one stiff leg, with no way to soften it? That might not such a good idea. I`m interested to see more on this. :-)
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    blackmind Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 2:35 am
    it becomes soft again afterwords
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    xbox011190 Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 2:40 am
    Cool idea
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    sugarhigh83 Female 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 2:55 am
    why cant we all just get along?
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    pui Female 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:07 am
    Cool.
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    Dat1Rican Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:09 am
    bet when they make a suit out of that material ppl will look like snake off of metal gear lol
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    angusware Male 60-69
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:15 am
    now i can do Jane fonda in the ghetto!
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    tofurkey Female 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:18 am
    First of all, body armor is stiff for a very good reason. Bullets won`t go through it, but did you see how far that bullet displaced the fabric? The bullet could go through you, just not through this fabric.
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    burn_ Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:19 am
    i remember seeing something like this a while ago on discoveries this week, they used a hige sledge hammer to show the difference.

    this guy`s monotone voice made the clip boring.

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    Lockee Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:25 am
    wow, did it flatten that bullet?
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    madmax11 Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:47 am
    nice idea, hopefully they can develop it so it`ll catch on
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    Fermented Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:55 am
    "The bullet could go through you, just not through this fabric."

    That`s exactly the point. Displacement happens anyway, and theres no way to prevent that in any body armor suit (unless you would like to wear 100 pounds of steel alloy around). True though, it does allow for more displacement than current armor, however, one could cushion the impact with some sort of light cushioning.

    -Fermented

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    insanepotato Female 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 4:10 am
    awesome. i`m sure they`ll work the kinks out of it and soon you will buy it at wallmart for your 8 year old. then he can wear it and play with guns.
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    7451 Male 70 & Over
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    June 17, 2006 at 5:14 am
    Hahahaha! Hit in the groin!
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    FallenSoul Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 5:27 am
    tofurkey, the bullet did not really go that far, certainly not far enough that had it been worn it would strike a vital organ or anything. This will not prevent bullet wounds but could deffinetally help prevent long term injuries and deaths.
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    CheezeMonkey Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 7:13 am
    ow not very funny it funny to be hit in the groin but SHOT that is not very funny!
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    CheezeMonkey Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 7:14 am
    you know how much it hurts to be HIT there imagine SHOT there!! you would make a face like this....;-()
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    beternal Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 7:50 am
    The word you`re looking for is dilantant... It means to become solid when force is applied to a liquid (opposite = thixotropic) - if you`ve ever added a tiny amount of water to cornflour and stirred it- you`ll know what i mean. Damn u people! I had that idea ages ago :(
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    HamFar Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 8:32 am
    WOW this should be like in the news and everywher. now u can get armor for whole body. make a mask with transparent eye holes. thats really cool.
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    TurkzAnGeL Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 8:41 am
    before watching this, I thought "why not use the one in Batman Begins", and then after watching this I thought "why didn`t Batman use this?"
    I can only see it now, the boys of Jackass, Viva La Bam and all those other reality stunt shows f-ing around with this on their show.
    Just goes to show you that some people DESERVE the bullet.
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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 8:48 am
    Would it work on the head? Surely even if the bullet didn`t penetrate it`d still crush the skull
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    scott-13 Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 8:53 am
    stupid
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    KMeTG Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 9:05 am
    Well if I`m going to get shot I`d rather be wearing this stuff than not. I mean, sure it would hurt like a motherDRATer, but at least I`d be alive!
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    Purey Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 9:33 am
    it may stop the bullet hitting u but the force would be drating painful
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    videogamer Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 9:34 am
    It`s a cool idea, but how do you apply it? Do you like take bath in a vat of this stuff before every battle??
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    violingirl77 Female 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 9:53 am
    ya that reminds me of when i was youger how i mixed cornflour with water and u can jump on top of it and it doesnt splash. its really cool.
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    Joflex Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 10:11 am
    If only government officials weren`t so cheap, then maybe soldiers would actually get to use that stuff.
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    IAmTheMoose Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 12:10 pm
    being hit in the groin is no joke..

    doesnt really hurt that bad, but it makes you feel hella nauseus for about 10 minutes if you are hit hard enough...

    The reason body armor stops bullets isnt because it was hard. if it was, then they would just ducttape a piece of iron to the soldier. it is because of tightly woven steel threads that are so tight that they cannot be forced apart, and are so strong that a bullet cannot break through it.


    this reminded me of cornstarch+water. you get a goop that is flexible like a liquid until you poke it or something. then it becomes more solid like. that is because when you poke it, you dont give the cornstarch molecules time to move out of the way, and as such they slow down the force. and they eventually soften up, just like this armor.

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    jkhoo Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 12:11 pm
    that`s cool
  32. Profile photo of VB05
    VB05 Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 1:03 pm
    how bout we just stop shooting eachother?
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    mikallang Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 2:47 pm
    i think that the idea is very sound. think about it... ok the bullet doesnt penetrate and the fabric is "slighty heavier that regular clothing". that being said, cushioning could be added to negate any ill effects that the impact of the bullet might have on the body and still weigh less than the armor currently being used. :) and after writing all this i just noticed what ferminetd said...but why waste a post eh?
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    unintrasting Female 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 2:57 pm
    I thought it was to boring to sit through and watch.
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    Zeofar Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:40 pm
    Awww man.. I always wantd to make something like this. Hopefully if soldiers get to wear this those idiot liberals will stop yelling about the war.
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    Deadman3215 Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:40 pm
    Scientists somewhere else are begining to work an a pure liquid body armor that thickens almost to the strength of steel when sudden pressure applied... according to something I was on Discovery anyways...
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    sertrbl Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 3:49 pm
    "Hopefully if soldiers get to wear this those idiot liberals will stop yelling about the war."
    dont get your hopes up. they want total peace, but as long as humans can think for themselves there will never be real peace.
    we CAN however, limit injuries and casualties. bravo, i say.
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    EstiloPanama Female 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 5:13 pm
    I like how they`re sharing the secrets with the world, especially the military..

    I`m all about the military...but showing this kind of thing on television is NOT a good idea.

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    Lazorfish Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 5:28 pm
    "why cant we all just get along?"
    Because that would be no fun.

    That looks like it has potential, but I wonder what would happen if you applied it to skin. Would you be invinceable? Probably not. Would you look like a jackass? Hell yes.

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    mrwnt Male 18-29
    334 posts
    June 17, 2006 at 5:30 pm
    you insensitive idiots, your soldiers are over there protecting you and all you can do is laugh when they get shot

    you wouldn`t be laughing if the terrorists were blowing up buses and police stations in american, would you?

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    mrwnt Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 5:31 pm
    america*
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    Mahox Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 6:03 pm
    Zeofar congrats for the most stupid post of the day.
    Oh excuse me, mrwnt won you fair and square.
    Congrats mrwnt!
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    Lou Two Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 6:13 pm
    On 6/17/2006 3:40:13 PM Deadman3215 wrote: Scientists somewhere else are begining to work an a pure liquid body armor that thickens almost to the strength of steel when sudden pressure applied... according to something I was on Discovery anyways...

    Uuuh, wouldn`t a fabric be better as body armour than liquid?

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    MisterChief Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 6:14 pm
    Wouldnt a liquid type of armor flow down to one`s feet? how do these scientists plan to keep this "amazing" armor in the spots that need protecting?
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    NoSoup4u Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 7:02 pm
    Looks like cool stuff, though it still will hurt like a sonofabitch to get shot.

    But even normal flak vests worn by our military don`t pad the blow too well.. Getting shot in the chest still means deep painful bruises and broken ribs, especially with higher power rifle ammunition(smaller pistol ammo`s have less energy obviously, so they don`t hurt nearly as bad.)

    The key difference with this armor though would be the weight and coverage.. for about the same weight as a normal flak jacket, they get whole body coverage, or coverage of the vitals at a significantly reduced weight.

    This is very good, as soldiers that are less weighed down by equipment have greater stamina and increased mobility. Even if the impact was less padded, and resulted in greater amounts of bruising or broken bones, its a good trade. I`d rather wear 5 pounds of armor that kept me from dying, than 20 pounds that did the same and padded the impact spots, because you don`t get shot very often.

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    shizzaster Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 7:09 pm
    yeh...
    those damn government are so cheap, they`re only in about 9 trillion dollars of debt....
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    jusdog Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 7:43 pm
    i dont understand these people saying its funny to be shot in the groin and most of them are coming from guys!!! are you retarded???
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    SassySweet05 Female 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 8:00 pm
    Saturday, June 17, 2006 6:03:06 PM
    "Zeofar congrats for the most stupid post of the day.
    Oh excuse me, mrwnt won you fair and square.
    Congrats mrwnt!"


    I agree.

    Saturday, June 17, 2006 7:43:59 PM
    "i dont understand these people saying its funny to be shot in the groin and most of them are coming from guys!!! are you retarded???"

    No, they mean OTHER people getting hit or shot in the groin. That IS funny. But then it makes you feel like you shouldn`t laugh at the poor soul.
    I do anyway.

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    kittycatz Female 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 8:45 pm
    What interests me is the 13-17 year old guys defending the war. See, that means that if the draft is enacted in 1-5 years, you`re going to be off to boot camp and then the front lines. Do you honestly want to support that possibility? I don`t, and I`m a 27-year-old woman!

    Call me an "idiot liberal" if you like. I just don`t want to see people losing their lives, including you.

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    IAmTheMoose Male 18-29
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    June 17, 2006 at 9:42 pm
    "why cant we all just get along?"

    because it is human nature to be the best. and if that means eliminating the competition, then anything goes. or could it be because whenever we mess up in politics (which seems to be alot) we send thousands of troops to kill or be killed to stall for time so we can come up with a solution?


    "Hopefully if soldiers get to wear this those idiot liberals will stop yelling about the war."

    the reason us `idiot liberals` are `yelling` about `the war` isnt solely because of people getting killed. have you ever thought that maybe going into the war in the first place was a bad idea? how about the motives behind it all? are the lives of 2000 US soldiers worth paying 50 cents less per gallon?

  51. Profile photo of GrereX1
    GrereX1 Male 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 10:16 pm
    aaaaa!! My head hurt!!! Its cool though
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    seaweed Female 13-17
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    June 17, 2006 at 10:49 pm
    and people say that americans are behind in the times...
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    TheSentinel Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2006 at 12:46 am
    wow kinda like wet sand. gets really hard when u hit it, but mushy when u step in it
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    unbelievable Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2006 at 1:18 am
    uhh, ok...
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    lacker239 Male 13-17
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    June 18, 2006 at 1:30 am
    this doesnt make me any less "un-bored"
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    NOFX14 Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2006 at 1:51 am
    7451 -"Hahahaha! Hit in the groin!"

    what is your problem? my uncle died in iraq okay.its not funny that someone was shot there. how immature can you get? and now for my comment on the video.... too bad we dont give our troops armor in iraq so it wouldnt matter.

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    MyCompSux Male 13-17
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    June 18, 2006 at 9:10 am
    heheh he got shot in the groin hehehe
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    RakuOnna Female 18-29
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    June 18, 2006 at 12:49 pm
    Wow. I`ve sure it`s still in development, but at least my home state`s getting a little recognition. GO UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE PREOFESSOR-MAN!!!
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    2D-Gorillaz Male 13-17
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    June 18, 2006 at 1:40 pm
    thats pretty kool how it bounces off
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    gnazzah Male 30-39
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    June 18, 2006 at 5:21 pm
    Hm. Here I was thinking the whole idea with war is to kill the enemy. If not, why use guns at all? You could settle a dispute by flipping a coin insted. Much cheaper. Depending on the value of the coin, of course.
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    Ajikan Male 18-29
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    June 18, 2006 at 7:27 pm
    "Hopefully if soldiers get to wear this those idiot liberals will stop yelling about the war."


    that was retarded, what? you WANT WAR?
    i hope you go to war some day, and i hope your enemy is wearing one of those while he shots you in the name of profit.

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    maples Male 13-17
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    June 19, 2006 at 4:23 am
    if u did get shot, then it wouldnt go throuh ur leg, cuz 1.the damn armor, doh and 2. when it drags the fabric thing with it, ther`ll be more resistance so it probably wouldnt even go quarter way through. probably`ll just make a dent. but WHAT if u shot the tuff HOLDING the liquid? eh?
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    cutbullocks Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2006 at 1:08 pm
    that dude in batman invented this! not some scientist! gah its all a conspiracy
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2006 at 2:49 pm
    thats cool
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    KeBob Male 13-17
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    June 19, 2006 at 3:09 pm
    he said all calm -like "yeah last time we were out on the battlefield, our commander was hit in the groin" bwahahaha
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    ShdoooK Male 13-17
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    June 19, 2006 at 6:58 pm
    I wanna buy that
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    AFTERSHOCK Male 18-29
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    June 19, 2006 at 6:59 pm
    YOU`RE ALL NUMBNUTZ!!! MY BROTHER IS IN IRAQ AND WHEN HIS HUMVEE HIT A MINE HE WAS LUCKY NOT TO HAVE BEEN HURT ONLY HIS UNIT COMMANDER HAD HIS LEG SHREDDED. MY YOUNGER SISTER IS IN AFGHANISTAN AS WELL BUT LUCKILY, ALL THE ACTION SHE HAS SEEN IS GETTING MORTAR ATTACKS ON HER BASE. AND YES, WE`RE ALL BORN AND RAISED IN MEXICO.
    YOU B`TCHES WHO LAUGH AT SOLDIERS GETTING SHOT(EVEN IN THE GROIN) ARE non-nice individualS!!! ONE OF MY FRIENDS WAS K.I.A. IN IRAQ.
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    gnazzah Male 30-39
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    July 27, 2006 at 12:33 pm
    Hm. You`ve got Caps Lock on.

    Your brother should not have gone to Iraq if he don`t want to die yet. War is death, you know.

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    qwidjibo Male 30-39
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    August 28, 2006 at 10:31 pm
    HE GOT SHOT IN THE GROIN! he he :-)
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    kph155 Male 13-17
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    September 9, 2006 at 4:18 pm
    Thats a good idea, I wonder when they`ll start using it.
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    Invalok Male 18-29
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    September 14, 2006 at 2:49 pm
    They wont start using it until its really cheap to manufacture. The US Army although big, does not have endles funds to work with.

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