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Why We Cut The Ends Off The Ham

Wayne Rice tells the story of two young newlyweds who were preparing to enjoy their first baked ham dinner in their new apartment…

After unwrapping the meat and setting it on the cutting board, the wife chopped off both ends of the ham with a butcher knife, tossing the two small ends in the garbage can.

"Wait a minute," said the mystified husband. "Why did you do that? Why did you just cut off the ends of the ham like that?"

"I don't know. My mother always did," answered the wife. "Maybe it helps bring out the flavor."

Unsatisfied with this answer, the husband called his mother-in-law. "Can you tell me why you cut the two ends off of a ham before you cook it?"

"Well," said the mother, "I'm not really sure why. That's just the way my mother did her ham, and it was always delicious."

As soon as he hung up he called his wife's grandmother. "Grandma, we have an important question for you. Can you tell us why you cut the ends off of a ham before you cook it?"

"Oh my yes, dear," answered Grandma in her quiet, thin voice. "I cut the ends of the ham off so it would fit in my pan."

source http://www.cleoejacksoniii.com/1/post/2012/09/grandmas-ham.html

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Can you guess the moral of this story?

Let us meditate on this wisdom.

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I don't get it

What's the moral here? Always check with grandma first?

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It's obviously part of the pandagenda.

Steer clear. Maintain internet silence for 5 days.

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five days?

ok, I'll try

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
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Sunday evening

Feature bump!

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And absolutely worthy

of another bump.

May every voter read it. (of course there's unfortunately no guarantee they'll be capable of comprehending it...)

LOL

very funny and thought provoking at the same time.

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I agree

It makes you wonder how many "traditions" were started like this? lol

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The Diamond Dog loves this story

Most humans are stuck in fixed ways of being without ever knowing why.

The Diamond Dog is a real cool cat. | Reporting on the world from an altitude of 420.

And most times even discouraged...

And most times even discouraged to question or deviate from it. "Because that's just how we have always done it so don't change it".

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I wanna beat people up right now!

I got the pajamas.

Well, I'm assuming your last little bit is from the Frantics but I could be wrong, Ed Gruberman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8VD4JXUozM

That was hilarious, thanks

That was hilarious, thanks for the link.

Since you liked that

You'll love this one. Same song second verse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFldBVWFgWo

Indeed it is...

You caught my reference - ain't that a boot to the head?

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cut

Trinity: No one's ever done anything like this before?
Neo: That's why it's going to work.

Enough Karl Rove threads!

I'm getting sick of it.

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i think i've seen this one

thing is, most of the time, we don't have the option to call grandma to find out why. in which case, it makes sense to be cautious when discarding a practice we don't understood. perhaps not a simple practice, like cooking, but at least when dealing with complex systems that we did not design.

taken to the extreme, we end up with the view that if we don't understand why a practice exists, it should probably be discarded. because we think we can rationally design of a better way. its the kind of thinking that made economic planning and social engineering seem like a good way to order society about 100 years ago.

I'm all for tradition. It brings people together.

But I'm also for questioning everything. Everything. I think about this little story quite a bit. There are so many interpretations of it that I had to click through 15 websites to find a version worthy of cutting and pasting here.

True though, and sadly, we can't always call up grandma to find the answer. That's why I like to read old books or modern histories like Uncommon Grounds that tell stories from a different angle which helps put the pieces of the puzzle together, or even adds pieces you didn't know were missing in the ever-nonending search for understanding.

"Home is where it's hardest."
-Tommy

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After I Hickory smoke a meatloaf

On the charcoal grill, I cut the ends off to use in my Beef Barley Soup, yum.

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

Sometimes we do things without thinking about why...

Often the conditions initially present no longer apply. At one time it made good sense to 'cut the ends off the ham.' Later, even though it is no longer necessary, we still do so because "that's the way we've always done it."
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"Home is where it's hardest."
-Tommy

OMG PANDAS!!! LOCK UP THE CHILDREN!!!
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