The Chicken Gun

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound 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

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 back- rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the
cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along
with the designs of the windshield and begged the U.S. scientists for

NASA responded with a one-line memo:

“Defrost the chicken.” (True story)

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