The 1950s were a strange time to be alive. Rationing was still in effect following the end of the Second World War and the world was gripped in the early days of a continued threat of nuclear war, prompting governments to devise new plans to counter this. The British were no exception.
In 1957, the British government started Operation Blue Peacock, which despite sounding like a strip bar was actually a plan involving nuclear landmines! Picture the scene: the Russian army has deployed on one side, the US army has deployed on the other side and you’re stuck in the middle. (Got to do something, right?) So, they decided to plant TEN nuclear mines as a deterrent against Russia invading into West Germany. Surprisingly, we aren’t even at the crazy part yet! The biggest problem they faced was the unpredictability of the components in cold weather and given that the winters in Germany can be harsh, something needed to be done.
What they came up with proves that this was a time when no idea was dissuaded: surrounding the bombs with chickens. Yes, actual chickens. It was believed that their body heat would keep the parts at the right temperature long enough to retreat to a safe distance to detonate. Could have been a real coop!