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Flat Daddies was a Wikiality.com Featured Word on 04/16/07.
Flat Daddies are cardboard cutouts (sometimes posters), from the waist up, of soldiers deployed in Iraq. The Army has graciously taken the initiative and has provided some of the families who have loved ones serving in Iraq with likenesses of that person to remind them that the soldier is not physically there, but overseas in a foreign land,
fighting in a civil war fighting for the Iraqi Freedom Opportunity.
Some people, mostly those against families (gays, liberals, commies, atheists, et al), have criticized the initiative for being "creepy" and "weird." What they don't seem to realize is that interacting with a life sized cardboard cutout of the person you love, who happens to be in the military and also happens to be stationed in Iraq, is a completely normal thing and isn't providing a false sense of security or misplaced affection.
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It should be noted that interacting with inanimate objects that bear a human likeness isn't a new practice. Christians have been doing this for over a millenia by going to church so that they could visit Jesus on his cross and many even have a miniature Jesus with them at all times that can be used as a God communicator to better facilitate the prayer process. If the Flat Daddies soldier series does well, the Catholic church may roll out a "Flat Sky Daddy" series to maintain a better connection with their constituents when they're out of church.