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Chicken cannons.



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
a  gun was sent to the British engineers. 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, 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 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 suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo:   "Thaw the chicken."