From: Eric McLuhan [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 7:56 AM
Subject: Playing chicken
This has come around before, but bears revisiting...
Scientists at Roll Royce built a gun specifically to launch dead
chickens at the windshields of airliners, and military jets, all
traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent
incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the
American 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 American engineers. They went to the local
supermarket and bought the required fowl. 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 chair in two and embedded
itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.
The horrified Yanks sent Rolls Royce the disastrous results of the
experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the
British scientists for suggestions.
Rolls Royce responded with a one-line memo: "Defrost the chicken."