tim at timjenkins.co.uk
Sun Mar 10 17:08:30 GMT 2002
Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist!! (true story)
Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the
windshields of airliners, military jets and
the space shuttle, all travelling 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, and a gun was sent to the British engineers. When
the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of
the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens,
blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two
and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a
The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment,
along with the designs of the windshield and begged the US scientists for
suggestions. NASA responded with a one-line memo: "Defrost the chicken."
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