Rocket Science

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
windshield 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

NASA’s response was just three words, “Thaw the chicken.”