Listen. I know most of you don’t come here for stuff about ostriches or ostrich recipes or (yesterday) their nutritional value, let alone to read about chickens. But this account, which has been making the rounds of the net (my apologies if you’ve seen it), I felt was important to share. Tomorrow I will tell you about a checking account that pays high interest. But today: a chicken account.
My thanks to Feathers, the publication of the California Poultry Industry Federation, from whence this account apparently originated:
“It seems the US Federal Aviation Administration has a unique device for testing the strength of windshields on airplanes. The device is a gun that launches a dead chicken at a plane’s windshield at approximately the speed the plane flies.
“The theory is that if the windshield doesn’t crack from the carcass impact, it’ll survive a real collision with a bird during flight. It seems the British were very interested in this and wanted to test a windshield on a brand new, speedy locomotive they’re developing.
“They borrowed the FAA’s chicken launcher, loaded the chicken and fired. The ballistic chicken shattered the windshield, went through the engineer’s chair, broke an instrument panel and embedded itself in the back wall of the engine cab. The British were stunned and asked the FAA to recheck the test to see if everything was done correctly.
“The FAA reviewed the test thoroughly and had one recommendation: ‘Use a thawed chicken.’”
Tomorrow: A Checking Account that Pays High Interest
Quote of the Day
To some, the glass is half full. To others, half empty. To an engineer, it's twice the size it needs to be.~unattributed
Request email delivery
- Jun 1:
Listen To Bobby. Listen To Trevor.
- May 29:
- May 28:
- May 27:
- May 26:
- May 25:
- May 23:
Every So Often There’s A Column You Just Have To Read
- May 22:
Have A Great Long Weekend
- May 21:
Two Things To Keep Strongly In Mind
- May 20:
The World’s Stupidest Version Of A Discussion
- Jun 1: