Monday humor (off-topic)

From: Yakov Horenstein (
Date: Mon Apr 27 1998 - 23:06:52 EEST

[This one is for Steve Deak]

Scientists at NASA have 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 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
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 suggestions. NASA's response was just one sentence, "Thaw
the chicken."

Yakov Horenstein
Milano, Italy

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