After having their 11th child, an Alabama couple decided
that was enough, since they could not afford a larger bed.
So the husband went to his doctor/veterinarian and told
him that he and his wife/cousin didn't want to have any
The doctor told him that there was a procedure called a
vasectomy that could fix the problem but it was
expensive. A less costly alternative, said the doctor,
was to go home, get a cherry bomb (fireworks are legal in
Alabama), light it, put it in an empty beercan, then
hold the can up to his ear and count to 10.
The Alabamian said to the doctor,
"I may not be the smartest man in the world, but I don't
see how putting a cherry bomb in a beer can next to
my ear is going to help me."
So he wanted a second opinion, and he visited a doctor in
Georgia. That doctor began to speak of a vasectomy, but
seeing his patient was from Alabama, he told him to go
home, get a cherry bomb, light it, put it in an empty beer
can, then hold the can up to his ear and count to 10.
Since the second doctor told him to do exactly the same
thing as the first doctor, the Alabamian figured the
procedure MUST work.
So the man went home, lit a cherry bomb and put it in a
beer can. He held the can up to his ear and began to count:
"1, 2, 3, 4, 5,"
at which point he paused, placed the beer can between
his legs, and resumed counting on his other hand...
This procedure also works in Tennessee,
Mississippi, Kentucky,West Virginia, and Arkansas.