Scientists at NASA have
developed a gun built specifically to
launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military
jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity.
The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions
airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields. British
engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the
windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were
But when the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the
chicken hurtled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof
shield, smashed it to smithereens, crashed through the control
console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded
in the back wall of the cabin. Horrified Britons sent NASA the
disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs
the windshield, and begged the US scientists for suggestions.
NASA's response was just one sentence, "Thaw the chicken."
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