Chow-Chow the giant panda was placed on trial for entering a New York City restaurant, eating dinner, pulling out a machine gun, and shooting out the windows and doors.
In the courtroom, the judge looked at Chow-Chow’s lawyer and proclaimed, “Thirty eyewitnesses saw your client pay for dinner, shoot up the place, and then leave the restaurant. Security cameras caught the entire incident on video. I have no choice but to sentence your client …”
“Wait a second, your honour,” said the lawyer, “My client may be guilty, but there are extenuating circumstances. He couldn’t help his behaviour that night, and if you look up the word ‘panda’ in the dictionary, you’ll have no choice but to agree.”
The judge was puzzled by this request, but he had his secretary bring his dictionary into court.
The judge looked at the dictionary, and right there under the letter P, he found:
“PANDA: Black and white bear from China that eats shoots and leaves.”
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