A man had a friend who owned 2 very intelligent porpoises. They could do
amazing tricks, and communicate with humans very well. After much urging,
the owner agreed to sell the porpoises to his friend. "But remember this,"
said the seller: "The porpoises will never die as long as you feed them each
one live seagull every day. As soon as you miss a day, they will die."
The new owner transported the porpoises to his home, and placed them in his
outdoor swimming pool, where he kept them alive and well for some time. Each
day he would go down to the beach, capture 2 live seagulls, and bring them
home to feed to the porpoises.
One day as he was returning home with a live gull in each hand, he found a
lion lying across his doorstep, basking in the sun. He became panicked,
because he knew that if he didn't get through to feed the porpoises, they
would die. So he jumped over the lion and ran quickly into the house.
Inside, much to his surprise, were two FBI agents who promptly placed him
under arrest. "What's the charge?" asked the stunned porpoise owner. "What
have I done wrong?"
"You, sir," replied one of the FBI agents, "are being charged for illegally
transporting captive gulls across a sedate lion for immortal porpoises!"