On a farm out in the country lived a man and a woman and their three sons. Early one morning, the woman awoke, and while looking out of the window onto to the pasture, she saw that the family's only cow was lying dead in the field. The situation looked hopeless to her -- how could she possibly continue to feed her family now?
In a depressed state of mind, she hung herself. When the man awoke to find
his wife dead, as well as the cow, he too began to see the hopelessness of the
situation, and he shot himself in the head.
Now the oldest son woke up to discover his parents dead (and the cow!), and
he decided to go down to the river and drown himself. When he got to the river,
he discovered a mermaid sitting on the bank. She said, "I've seen all and know
the reason for your despair. But if you will have sex with me five times in a
row, I will restore your parents and the cow to you." The son agreed to try, but
after four times, he was simply unable to satisfy her again. So the mermaid
drowned him in the river.
Next the second oldest son woke up. After discovering what had happened, he
too decided to throw himself into the river. The mermaid said to him, "If you
will have sex with me ten times in a row, I will make everything right." And
while the son tried his best (seven times!), it was not enough to satisfy the
mermaid, so she drowned him in the river.
The youngest son woke up and saw his parent's dead, the dead cow in the
field, and his brothers gone. He decided that life was a hopeless prospect, and
he went down to the river to throw himself in. And there he also met the
"I have seen all that has happened, and I can make everything right if you
will only have sex with me fifteen times in a row." The young son replied, "Is
that all? Why not twenty times in a row?" The mermaid was somewhat taken aback
by this request. Then he said, "Hell, why not twenty-five times in a row?" And
even as she was reluctantly agreeing to his request, he said,
"Why not THIRTY
times in a row?"
Finally, she said, "Enough!! Okay, if you will have sex with me thirty times
in a row, then I will bring everybody back to perfect health."
Then the young son asked, "Wait! How do I know that thirty times in a row
won't kill you like it did the cow?"