at NASA have developed a gun built specifically to launch dead chickens
at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle,
ail traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent
incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength
of the windshields.
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 cab.
Britons sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along
with the designs of the windshield, and begged the U.S. scientists
response was just one sentence, "Thaw the chicken."