We’ve all heard the old saying, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to…”
Well, maybe it does sometimes!
Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity.
The idea was 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 the gun was sent to the British engineers.
When the gun was fired, the British engineers stood speechless as the chicken hurtled 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 into 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 some suggestions.
NASA responded with this one-line memo: “Thaw the chickens.”