One weekend a lawyer from New York decides to go bird hunting in Vermont(美国佛蒙特州). The lawyer drives to Vermont and finds a good hunting spot near a farm. The lawyer sees a bird, shoots it and watches it fall to the ground on the other side of the barn(谷仓) fence.
The lawyer, thinking to himself, “That’s my bird, I have to go get it,” climbs the fence, retrieves the bird and climbs back. Just as he gets back over, the farmer comes up to him and says, “Give me my bird.” The lawyer says to him, “Your bird? No, no, no. I shot this bird, it is mine.”
“No,” says the farmer, “it landed on my property, it is mine.” “Look,” says the lawyer, “I am a lawyer, I will sue(控告) you, you will lose and I will get the duck.” “No,” says the farmer, “that’s not how we do it here in Vermont; we use the three-kick rule.”
“OK,” says the lawyer, “how does that work?” “I kick you three times as hard as I can, then you kick me as hard as you can three times, and we keep going until one of us gives up.” “Fine,” says the lawyer, “let’s go.”
“I’ll go first,” says the famer. So the farmer kicks the lawyer as hard as he can in the groin(腹股沟). And just as lawyer is bent over in pain, the famer kicks him right in the face. Now just as the lawyer is thinking, “what did I get myself into,” the farmer kicks him in the stomach. After the lawyer gets over the agonizing(痛苦难忍的) pain he says, “OK, now it’s my turn.” “No,” the farmer says, “I quit. You can have the duck.”