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British Chicken-Warmed Nuke

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the chickens-is-there-anything-they're-not-good-for? dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 195

darrellberry writes "During the Cold War, British researchers developed a nuclear landmine, kept operational during cold conditions by packing it full of live chickens. This story has appeared in a few UK media channels this morning. Probably an April Fools', but who knows? The bomb is supposedly on display at the National Archives in Kew, so if you live in London you can go and see for yourselves..." Also a BBC story and an older New Scientist blurb.

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Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736291)

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Not a prank (5, Informative)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736293)


The BBC are running a separate [bbc.co.uk] 'this is true, honest' story, detailing other unlikely stories alongside... I like the fact that one of our railways cost more than a trip to the moon.

Only in the UK...

Simon

Re:Not a prank (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736308)

hmm... i think ill just stop reading for today there isnt going to be any real news posted anyways

Re:Not a prank (1, Insightful)

Da Fokka (94074) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736331)

Of course they will say it's true. And next to that, also news agencies are fooled by Aprils fools jokes [cnn.com] .

Frankly, I like the joke; even more because there are people (like you, ha ha) that actually fall for it.

Re:Not a prank (0)

boisepunk (764513) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736406)

What I'm afraid of is that this might become another "parrot" like april fools' past

Re:Not a prank (1)

The_Rift (257762) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736728)

It's true because it was on the local BBC London news last night (31st of March).

As well as that AFAIK BBC news don't go in for Arpil fools jokes.

Re:Not a prank (5, Funny)

isorox (205688) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736404)

I like the fact that one of our railways cost more than a trip to the moon.

And takes just as long too

Re:Not a prank (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736708)

And takes just as long too
Not to mention having a similar safety record to space travel.

Re:Not a prank (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736714)

And takes just as long too

And just as dangerous.

Re:Not a prank (3, Interesting)

OECD (639690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736434)

I'm inclined to believe this one, if only because it seems to bizarre to be fabricated.

Remember, this is the nation that gave us Supermarionation...

Re:Not a prank (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736546)

Damn you! I looked up what 'supermarionation' meant and hit all these references to the Thunderbirds, freakiest show ever made.

yuck [supermarionation.net]

Re:Not a prank (0)

exspecto (513607) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736659)

After seeing that show I understand how people could actually be frightened by the Puppet Master movies.

Re:Not a prank (4, Interesting)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736542)

I just love this quote at the end of that story:

Tom O'Leary, head of education and interpretation at the National Archives, told the paper: "It does seem like an April Fool but it most certainly is not. The Civil Service does not do jokes."

Excellent point - I think this pretty much settles the 'April Fool or not' debate for this one.

Or does it ??

Yeah, right.. :) (1)

DelawareBoy (757170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736606)

That ranks up there to, "Car Alarms cause more thefts than they prevent".. Sounds right, but isn't. -DB in 2004

The Times... (2, Informative)

REBloomfield (550182) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736300)

(british broadsheet), is also doing an 'honest guv' type story: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1058550, 00.html

Re:The Times... (1)

tomalpha (746163) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736593)

This does have a semblance of truth about it. The Blue Peacock nuclear landmines are certainly genuine - they were declassified last year [newscientist.com] .

The business with the chickens is most likely the same as every other crazy idea - mentioned as a one line "why don't we try ..." in some discussion document. It's certainly no stranger than a lot of other cold-war ideas: Operation Mongoose [bbc.co.uk] , using psychics or bugging cats [gwu.edu] .

Firsta Posta (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736301)

Firsta Posta

Why chickens? (0, Funny)

robertarctor (161984) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736302)

Everyone knows that lawyers and politicians are more effective heat sources.

Re:Why chickens? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736371)

Everyone knows that lawyers and politicians are more effective heat sources.

What about FLAMEBAIT, you insensitive clod!

Uh huh. (2, Interesting)

Jaywalk (94910) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736303)

Right up there with the spaghetti harvest [museumofhoaxes.com] .

from the chickens-is-there-anything-they're-not... (5, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736309)

...good for dept?

Uhm, yes. They don't make very good boomerangs.

Or coffee filters. Or baseball gloves. (Although that one would be fun)

Re:from the chickens-is-there-anything-they're-not (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736463)

I don't have a link to it, but there was that one bird that got hit by a fastball...

Not an April Fool! (5, Funny)

CaptainBaz (621098) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736315)

This BBC story [bbc.co.uk] says that "Plans to fill a nuclear landmine with chickens to regulate its temperature were considered during the Cold War. Officials at the National Archives say it is coincidence the secret plan was revealed on 1 April."

I, for one, welcome our nuclear chicken overlords...

Re:Not an April Fool! (2, Funny)

boisepunk (764513) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736447)

is this somewhat like that cs_italy counter-strike map? shoot the chicken and it explodes?

I can see the ChicFilet commercial now... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736319)

I feel like chicken tonight....like radioactive chicken tonight....chicken tonight!

Re:I can see the ChicFilet commercial now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736409)

You look like chicken tonight honey.

In other news, back in 1950's England, a freak accident involving one such chicken-powered nuclear landmines resulted in the discovery of chicken tikka masal, which has since become the country's National dish, displacing the once highly-revered fish and chips.

Re:I can see the ChicFilet commercial now... (1)

bitchell (159219) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736537)

At least they would all be cooked properly is nuked in this device. No chance of salmanela (or however you spell it)

Not an April Fool (1)

nick255 (139962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736324)

Other news sources are quite adament it is not an April fool joke

Times [timesonline.co.uk]

Re:Not an April Fool (2, Informative)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736402)

Of course, lack of registration makes it hard to see. Try this other site [sjgames.com] for the real story.

Reason WHY its an april fool (2, Informative)

mixtape5 (762922) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736576)

1)chickens are living organisms, how are they to survive while being barried underground? if they put the chickens down they would put them down at the same time as the bomb...and the chickens can survive through the winter?? They should try to survive any day before a winter day

Lame (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736325)

How fucken lame the 1st April jokes get on slashdot ...

Re:Lame (-1, Flamebait)

sik0fewl (561285) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736385)

How fucken retarded the AC's get on slashdot ...

Seed but no air and water? (1)

DaRat (678130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736326)

So, the chickens have seed to eat, but what about air and water? So, either an okay april fool's joke, or a really stupid plan. :-)

Re:Seed but no air and water? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736580)

What part of having chickens in a bomb is NOT a stupid plan?

Re:Seed but no air and water? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736598)

The decaying bodies & ammonia nitrate from the chicken shit would probably still keep it warm.

Jaysyn

Re:Seed but no air and water? (1)

Wun Hung Lo (702718) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736678)

And even if the blast didn't kill you, you'd be covered in chicken shit and feathers...I'm not sure which would be worse!

Yay!!! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736330)

What is the diffference between April Fool's Day and every other day on Slashdot?

On April fools day, everyone knows slashdot will be full of useless information. Every other day, the editors aren't aware fo this fact.

Not unusual (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736333)

Missing are the brilliant types of engineers who can find an answer to a problem around them without needing a bigger budget and stuff.

My father worked (among the other 10,000) engineers in Oakridge, TN, during WWII and they frequently packed delicate nulcear instruments in popcorn (dry popped, no salt or butter) simply because it worked well and was easy to dispose of.

Re:Not unusual (1)

dpilot (134227) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736577)

Didn't the local theater owners get upset when workers brought in popcorn for 'disposal' and it glowed in the dark?

Re:Not unusual (2, Funny)

wass (72082) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736712)

Missing are the brilliant types of engineers who can find an answer to a problem around them without needing a bigger budget and stuff.

I took a grad-level physics-based electromagnetism class last year, and picked up some supplementary E&M books from the library. One of them was from an engineering slant, and actually described the following problem and it's solution.

Farmers wanted a way to keep pigs warm in the winter. So they estimated the thickness of a layer of fat under the pig's skin, determined permittivities and permeabilities of the fat and the muscle-layers underneath the fat, and solved the boundary conditions of Maxwell's equations in the presence of RF radiation.

The result was that they effectively made a low-cost 'microwave oven' tuned to the pig's fat layer, which would keep them warm and still be relatively cheap (ie, put the heater in the pen without worrying about walls, etc).

Kind of cool, but disturbing in a way too.

Why today? (4, Insightful)

peterprior (319967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736335)

The civil service has obviously had access to these documents for a while, so why do they have to "announce" these apparently real plans on April 1st and then get all irritable and have to deny repeatedly that its an april fools joke.
Why didn't they release the story yesterday, or couldn't they have waited until tomorrow?

Re:Why today? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736370)

no! you've got two coconut halves and you're bagning them together

Re:Why today? (4, Informative)

wfberg (24378) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736462)

The civil service has obviously had access to these documents for a while, so why do they have to "announce" these apparently real plans on April 1st and then get all irritable and have to deny repeatedly that its an april fools joke.
Why didn't they release the story yesterday, or couldn't they have waited until tomorrow?


It was on BBC news yesterday.

Re:Why today? (1)

term8or (576787) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736666)

Because they want you to think it's an april fools joke.

Can't take it! (4, Funny)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736348)

Must
Stop
Reading
Slashdot
.
Until
.
.
Tom orrowwwww......

Re:Can't take it! (1)

Paleomacus (666999) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736424)

I've got to keep checking in case they post any of those groundbreakingly hilarious April Fools RFCs.

Re:Can't take it! (2, Insightful)

Tenaka Kahn (593185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736490)

It's already tomorrow here...

Re:Can't take it! (1)

mwood (25379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736740)

Funny, it's *never* tomorrow *here*!

April fool or foolish? (2, Interesting)

BJZQ8 (644168) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736354)

I can't think that a terrified flock of irradiated chickens would produce more heat than something like a quantity of Pu-238 or Pu-240, the former of which is quoted [64.233.167.104] as producing 1/2 watt of heat per gram...nor would they be as durable.

Re:April fool or foolish? (2, Informative)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736467)

Because plutonium is quite expensive, quite rare and quite unstable. You wouldn't want to put plutonium anywhere near a nuclear device for fear of premature ejac^H^H^Hxplosions. HAL.

Re:April fool or foolish? (1)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736476)

I was wondering that myself. If nuclear material is hot enough to run a power plant, why can't it keep itself warm?

Re:April fool or foolish? (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736512)

..because you don't actually want the nuclear reaction to start until you're a 'safe' distance away.

If your nuclear material is getting hot, run away. Fast.

Re:April fool or foolish? (1)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736654)

.because you don't actually want the nuclear reaction to start until you're a 'safe' distance away.

As I recall, the nuclear material can get quite hot and the nuclear reaction can take place under normal conditions (no explosion) so long as the material is keep below the critical density. That's how power plants work. For every particle emitted from a radioactive decay, fewer than one additional decays are induced. But there's still a lot of spontaneous decays followed by a few induced decays. These should all be making heat. I don't know how tightly they packed the nuclear material, or its configuration. But it seems that it should have created a reasonable amount of ambient heat.

Re:April fool or foolish? (1)

out180 (676447) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736688)

What...is the airspeed velocity of an unladen chicken? What do you mean, a Perdue or an irradiated chicken? What.... I don't know..AAAGGHHH KABOOOOMMMM!!!

Chickens (2, Funny)

KillerHamster (645942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736358)

Way off-topic, but who cares, its a holiday...

"What if we celebrated Valentine's Day with chickens instead of hearts? Then we'd say, 'I love you, with all my chicken.'"
- Sesame Street

Re:Chickens (4, Funny)

mr.capaneus (582891) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736457)

Most people on slashdot celebrate Valentine's Day by choking the chicken. Does that count?

Hey michael!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736363)

Why don't you pour yourself a nice tall glass of shut the fuck up. I think everybody gets that it is April Fools. You've been dragging the site down since day 1 of your arrival and posting this many April Fools stories by this time in the morning isn't helping your stellar popularity.

Why don't you go back to your parent's basement and jerk off in the dark you fucking loser.

Why did the chicken cross the road ? (1, Funny)

Samael_666 (669404) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736372)

Because the ... *BOOM*

Re:Why did the chicken cross the road ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736733)

And for those who don't get it:
Why did the chicken cross the road? [openface.ca]

Some of the best are in there and if that does not seem enough just google for "why did the chicken cross the road".

-mj

Landmine? (3, Insightful)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736382)

Isn't the point of a landmine to explode right under a group of people? Why does it matter if the charge is a nuclear detonation. As long as the people you are trying to nuke are withing a mile of the explosion, you're probably going to get them. Why not just do a remote control or timed device and save yourself all the hassle?

Re:Landmine? (-1)

relrelrel (737051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736484)

why question it? they obviously know more than you or i so just accept it and stop with these stupid suggestions, you really think they're going to read this and think to themselves "wow, a timed device, or even a remote control device, why didn't i ever think of that!!?!?" in other words, stfu.

Re:Landmine? (2, Informative)

BenBenBen (249969) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736521)

"Landmine" is a bit of a misnomer - these devices were designed to be planted in the ground on the plains of Germany, and detonated by remote control if there ever came a time when the Sovs were in control of that area.

Currently, Israel deploys nuclear landmines [google.com] and I'd guess they're not alone. Shrub's apparent penchant for tactical nukes would suggest that there's going to be more random nuclear weapons in the future too.

Personally, I want to see a nuclear Dambuster's bomb, in time for the next world stone skimming contest.

Re:Landmine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736554)

The article says that it was a remote controlled device. I don't understand your question? They didn't train the chickens to detonate it ;)

Re:Landmine? (2, Informative)

Scutter (18425) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736568)

Read the article.

The seven-ton weapon, codenamed Blue Peacock, was a state-of-the art munition to be buried on the plains of northern Germany during a British retreat and detonated by remote control or timer to destroy advancing Russian forces in the event of the Third World War.

(OT -- I think) Does anyone else see... (5, Funny)

kclittle (625128) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736387)

the deep irony of being given 5 moderator points to /. on April 1?

Keeping It Warm (1)

PRES_00 (657776) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736393)

"The seven-ton weapon, codenamed Blue Peacock"
" ...burying a flock of chickens with the landmine in order to keep it warm."

A bunch of chicks keeping a male Peacock warm. Try to get That out of your mind now...

Re:Keeping It Warm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736715)

Hate to point it out, but all peacocks are male... peahens are the female of the species

bah! (0, Redundant)

dfluke2 (577009) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736405)

This story is worse than Duke Nukem's Plutonium Pack. ...and what happens when you nuke radioactive chicken $hit?

Nuclear chickens (1, Funny)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736408)

Hooray for British ingenuity - now we're making our own Chicken a la Kiev, faithful even down to the rad count...

Cluckzilla (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736411)

Ah. I always wondered about the origin of Cluckzilla, who ravaged Leeds during the late 1960s.

Uh, Oh! (2, Funny)

b12arr0 (3064) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736422)

I smell a PITA protest......

Re:Uh, Oh! (1)

dfluke2 (577009) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736456)

as in, a pita sandwich...with chicken!

Re:Uh, Oh! (1)

Ashe Tyrael (697937) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736522)

PITA.

People for the Irradiation of Tasty Animals

*ducks*

Seymour Cray (4, Funny)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736423)


Seymour Cray would've used oxen to warm his nuclear landmine.

Re:Seymour Cray (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736564)

And now he's dead. See how well that did him?

Are you suggesting nuclear bombs migrate? (2, Funny)

Himring (646324) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736440)

"Are you suggesting nuclear bombs migrate?"

"Not at all. They could be carried...."

In Soviet Burger King ... (-1, Troll)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736444)

Nuke warms chicken!

Lovely! (5, Funny)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736458)

If this were true, I can already imagine Soviet army personel encountering this weapon:

Soviet private: In the name of Lenin, what's that awful noise?
Soviet sergeant: It sounds like... Oh no...
Soviet private: Chickens? A whole bunch of chickens?
Soviet sergeant: PULL BACK!!! Tell Dmitri to launch all ICBMs! Get me in contact with the Kremlin!
Soviet private: What? They're going to peck us to death?
Soviet sergeant: Silence, cappitalist pig! Those anglobastards witll suffer for their foul crime!

Re:Lovely! (4, Funny)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736487)

Of course, it ought to have ended:

Soviet sergeant: Silence, cappitalist pig! Those anglobastards witll suffer for their fowl crime!

Simon :-)

Re:Lovely! (1)

bobbabemagnet (247383) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736664)

I think you meant fowl crime.

Ob humor (1)

whovian (107062) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736482)

Looks like this is one story that really laid an egg.

(Unless of course the radiation would make the chickens sterile.)

British Chicken-warmed Nuke? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736485)

...I smell a sitcom!

I know this is true because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736486)

I know this is true, of course, because I heard about this already from a friend of a friend who swears he has a friend that worked on this! Ya...

Hi. I'm Troy McClure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736513)

Hi. I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such British atomic chicken films as "Night of the Peckus" and "5,000,000 Feathers to Earth".

Look for these Lord Low Grade productions on an MST3K showing near you. Me? I'm the one who is always hidden by the shadow of Crow T Robot's head.

Not just for warming anymore. (4, Funny)

cbiffle (211614) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736538)

I think everyone's overlooking the very real possibility that these chickens were used for more than just heat.

Like styrofoam in the H-bomb, this seemingly innocuous packing material (chickens) might be converted to plasma by radiation pressure, thereby dramatically increasing the explosive yield of the device.

Just wait. I give it 20 years, and we'll see these docs declassified. Of course, then we'll have to worry about rogue states building C-bombs.

Re:Not just for warming anymore. (1)

TechnoVooDooDaddy (470187) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736626)

C-4?

Re:Not just for warming anymore. (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736680)

Yup, what a horrible way to go. Death by chicken.

Powered by the sexual energy (1)

A55M0NKEY (554964) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736540)

of chickens!

Heard of this before. (4, Interesting)

AlecC (512609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736547)

I have heard of the nuclear landmines in a non-April 1st context before, so I think the underlying story is probably true. The idea is that there are some bottlenecks which an advancing Soviet force, particularly tanks, would have to pass through (bridges etc). Why send aircraft to bomb them at great risk when you could put the bomb in place at your lesiur. 10kt is not a particularly big nuke, anyway. I don't think the radiation part was intentional - it is the reason the idea got canned. If they had a "clean" bomb, they might still be there.

It goes along with thinking at the time: they were also training troops go hide as the battlefromt passed over them, the re-emerge to harrass the enemy rear and lines of communication.

The chickens, however, are probably someone's April Fool addition.

Trigger Chicken? (1)

Vexler (127353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736557)

I wonder if the bomb is triggered when one of those chickens lays an egg.

it's 15 minutes walk in sunshine (1)

m_dob (639585) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736572)

but my legs have atrophied as an unfortunate side effect of my slashdottery.

US Landmines (4, Interesting)

Catmeat (20653) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736585)

According to this [brook.edu] . The US deployed nuclear landmines (the MADM system) from 1962 until 1986.

The page also shows a SADM - the nuclear demolition charge intended for use by parachute dropped saboteurs. The SADM's W54 warhead was the smallest and lightest developed by the US and was also used in theDavey Crockett [brook.edu] 'nuclear bazooka' and the AIM 26-A nuclear air-to-air missile.

Dirty bomb? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8736621)

Does all the included chicken poop make this a dirty bomb?

Obvious flaws in this... (2, Interesting)

ChrisPaget (229422) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736632)

1) Radioactive material tends to be self-heating. That's why you can run a power station off it.

2) A solid steel container, buried underground for a week. How do you train a chicken to hold it's breath, and how long can it do so for?

3) According to the NewScientist article, "If disturbed or damaged, they were primed to explode within 10 seconds". Surely chickens *inside* the thing would disturb it, and set it off?

However, a quick office poll still reveals 50-50 support for the idea. Whatever happens, half the office will get laughed at tomorrow...:)

Atomic Demolition Munitions (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736638)

The United States also designed, manufactured and deployed nuclear landmines during the Cold War. See here [brook.edu] for some pictures.

Spare the chickens...use a chickent hat! (1)

shiwala (93327) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736647)


Why couldn't they just order a really big chicken hat [april-fools.us] to fit around the landmine and spare all those innocent chickens?! It looks much warmer than a real chicken anyway!
And remember: "A fowl is a terrible thing to waste"

This isn't a prank either (2, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736656)

A 1944 design for a pigeon-guided [si.edu] missile, that was to be used to sink German battleships. Until the Navy decided it was a stupid idea.

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Troll)

mstefanus (705346) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736671)

In Soviet Russia, Nuke Warmed the Chicken.

Weapon is real, but no chickens (1)

C A S S I E L (16009) | more than 10 years ago | (#8736743)

Probably an April Fools', but who knows?

Well, Google, for one. The weapon didn't use chickens, but was kept warm by glass fibre, apparently, according to the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment. [awe.co.uk] (PDF).

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