Ten-year-old Ashley perched on the kitchen stool watching her mother prepare the ham for Sunday's dinner. "Mama, why are you cutting the end off the ham?"
"You know, sweetheart, I'm not exactly sure," said Mom. "That's the way my mother always did it, so I assumed that's the way it was done. You must always cut an inch off of the smaller end."
"It seems like a bit of a waste, doesn't it?" asked the little girl.