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 travelling at maximum velocity.
The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with
airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields. British
safety 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 fired, the engineers stood
shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the
shatterproof windshield and smashed it to smithereens, crashed
through the console control, snapped the engineer's backrest in two
and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin.
Horrified, the safety engineers sent NASA the disastrous results of
the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield, and begged
the US scientists for suggestions. NASA's response was just one
"Defrost the chicken"