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NASA’s Chicken Gun

January 24th, 2006 · 3 Comments

PLEASE NOTE: I’M NOT THE AUTHOR OF THIS JOKE! It just showed up in my email inbox and I thought it was funny.

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch
standard 4 pound 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, and a gun was sent to
the British engineers. 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 back-rest 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 US
scientists for suggestions.

You’re going to love this…

NASA responded with a one-line memo — “Defrost the
chicken.”
Allegedly True Story


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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pamela // Feb 18, 2006 at 7:21 pm

    Incredible story and I just know it’s TRUE!! LOL

  • 2 Dave D. // Dec 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    great story – just saw it on mythbusters even and they didnt know its not true. snopes.com though apparently busts it. it is an funny “we are better than them” story based on some kernels of truth but heavily embellished. See link below.

    http://www.snopes.com/science/cannon.asp

  • 3 Dave D. // Dec 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    great story – just saw it on mythbusters even and they didnt know its not true. snopes.com though apparently busts it. it is an funny “we are better than them” story based on some kernels of truth but heavily embellished. See link below.

    http://www.snopes.com/science/cannon.asp

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