The Chicken Gun

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch a standard 4 pound dead chicken at the windscreens 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 windscreens.

British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windscreens 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 screen, 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 U.S scientists for suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo —

“Defrost the chicken.”



DISCLAIMER: It seems that some people have not got that this is a joke. It is a bit of a slog having to do a new article on the website every day you know!

4 comments to “The Chicken Gun”
  1. (Joke alert)

    Following the use of chemical weapons, David Cameron has just announced that the Syrian government will be punished by having their economy crippled, being humiliated in the eyes of the international community and having the the population united against the ruling party.

    He’s going to convince them to build their own HS2.

  2. Wonderful! The sort of logic our politicians seem to overlook with HS2. If the desired result isn’t stacking-up – listen to the obvious. Doh!

  3. StopHS2 is doing itself a disservice by printing this. It’s a rather old joke, with variations on who it supposed to be between. It does not contribute in anyway to the case against HS2.

    Is the guest author hoping that we will think this is actually referring to HS2 work? It won’t be a worry to HS2, it will just give them an excuse to accuse StopHS2 of providing misleading information.

    You can publish this comment if you want, but I strongly recommend you either delete the original posting or make it clearer that it is just a joke.

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