Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 16:17:19 +0500
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 with 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 made. 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 itself
in the back wall of the cabin. Horrified Britons sent NASA the disastrous
results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield, and
begged the U.S. scientists for suggestions.
NASA's response was just one sentence, "Thaw the chicken."