Saturday, February 5, 2011

Humor to Relax By

Today I was trying to decide what to rant about.   Should I write about the terrible damage the Republicans were trying to foist on the unsuspecting public?  Would it be the stupidity of trying to end the funding to a very worthwhile organization like Planned Parenthood. cutting the funding for the remaining, and very frayed, social network for the disadvantaged, putting prayer in everything, privatizing Social Security, repealing the Health Care Reform act, removing the restrictions on the corporations fouling our air with pollutants, or ending the already weakened oversight on banks and corporations?

Thinking about all of the above made me feel discouraged, depressed, and angry.  I don't like feeling this way.

Then I got this in my e-mail today and I laughed out loud.  I think those of us who consider ourselves liberals or progressives need all the laughter we can find to keep us sane now that the ignorant are running the country.  

Instead of a rant I am posting the following:

Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist! 

 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 U.S. scientists for suggestions.

 NASA responded with a one-line memo --

 "Defrost the chicken."


Friko said...

yes, you are right, t helps to laugh.
trust the Brits, eh?
I must repeat this over here.

Joy Des Jardins said...

That is just hilarious...I needed that too Darlene. Sometimes it IS better just to laugh... Hope you're having a good weekend... ~Joy

Xtreme English said...

nothing like laughter! thanks for this, Darlene!!

Nance said...

Those moon-shot boys; they've outdone the Brits at their own famous art of understatement. You gotta love engineers.

Without frequent comic relief, you and I will go starkers, dearie.

Cowtown Pattie said...

BWahahahaha! Those clever brits...

Darlene said...

*Friko - Sorry, no offense intended. The Brits and the Yanks are two of a kind.

*Joy Des Jardins - I'm still standing and that makes every weekend good. Keep warm.

*Xtreme English - You're welcome.

*Nance - Amen.

*Cowtown Pattie - They really are clever, but this time not so much.

rummuser said...

Can you hear me laugh over there in Arizona?

Darlene said...

*rummuser - Oh, so that was you that I heard. That was a real belly laugh, Ramana.

Vagabonde said...

I have been catching up reading your posts – all very serious and then read this one – had to laugh. I can imagine the face of the Brit engineers when they received the answer!

Darlene said...

*Vagabonde - I had fun visualizing their faces. I'll bet the color was red.