Scientist and the Minah Birds

A scientist at the University of Memphis has discovered part of the secret of eternal life — by use of a special, rather exotic, diet, he has succeeded in prolonging indefinitely the life-span of a group of porpoises. Part of this diet includes the meat of Minah birds, a tropical rain-forest bird. Of course, Minah birds are not easy to get in this country, especially in the quantities required for research, so the scientist generally has to travel to South America by himself to get the birds.

On a recent trip, the scientist was leaving the jungle with a rather large bag of Minahs, constantly in fear of discovery by the authorities, when he encountered a large lion lying across his path. Not wanting to anger the lion, he immediately froze in his tracks. After a short pause, he noticed that the lion did not seem to care at all about him or his bag of birds.

Cautiously approaching, he was able to come within just a few steps of the lion, and finally to step over the lion in hopes of continuing along the path to home. Just as the scientist cleared the lion, however, he was surrounded by several angry and well-armed officers of the law, who promptly arrested him.

The charge: carrying minahs across a stayed lion for immortal porpoises.

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