The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 August 2004

Endorsed by the Silly Party

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban the use of Silly String in the Hollywood district on Halloween, citing environmental and security considerations.

Councilman Tom LaBonge, who represents the 4th District, including part of Hollywood, says if the stuff makes it through the sewers at all, it can harm marine life, and what's more, it can endanger mounted police on patrol.

And I rather think that if people are disgorging more than a quarter-mile of the string at a time, it's going to make a hell of a mess.

Still: Silly String? All these years, and suddenly now it's a threat? I have to wonder how an anti-Silly String measure would have fared in pre-Bloomberg New York City.

(Update: In comments, Vickie points out a precedent.)

Posted at 9:44 AM to Dyssynergy

You mean you never knew Southington was the first town to ban Silly String about ten years ago? We were the laughing stock of the nation when it hit the newswires. Apparently some dumbass kid sprayed a cop with it during the Apple Harvest Parade that year and the Town Council huffed and puffed that the substance created a "substantial and real threat" to people.


Posted by: Vickie at 1:01 PM on 22 August 2004

Is it still banned? And is there, as one might expect, a thriving illicit-import business? (Imagine bootlegging Silly String. Criminy.)

Posted by: CGHill at 1:44 PM on 22 August 2004

It's still banned. We take our laws seriously here, by gawd.

Posted by: Vickie at 4:18 PM on 22 August 2004

We're the knights of the Round Table
We dance whene'er we're able

"On second thought, let's not go there..."

I have no idea why that came to mind, or why in my mind Camelot looked suspiciously like Los Angeles City Hall.

Posted by: McGehee at 5:41 PM on 22 August 2004

I thought you liked peril.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:13 PM on 22 August 2004

Yeah, but once you make possession of Silly String criminal, only criminals will have Silly String.

It's just another step down the long road of curtailing out our 2nd Amendment rights.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms (and Silly String), shall not be infringed.

Posted by: Allen at 11:34 AM on 23 August 2004

"This product has no legitimate use," Police Chief William Perry, who requested the ban, said sternly. "It's being manufactured and sold with one purpose in mind - to annoy other people."

Since when is annoying other people not a legitmate activity? On a side note, I bet whoopie cusions are next.

Posted by: Ravenwood at 12:42 PM on 23 August 2004

If you knew Bill Perry like I know Bill Perry, you'd understand that that was one of the brighter things he's uttered.

Posted by: Vickie at 7:19 PM on 23 August 2004