On a farm out in the country lived a man, a woman and their three sons. Early one morning the woman woke up, and while looking out the window toward the pasture, she noticed the famiy's only cow 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 shot himself in the head. The oldest son awoke to discover his parents dead, and the cow, and he decided to go down to the river and drown himself. When he reached 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 have sex with me five times in a row, I will restore your parents and the cow to you." The son agreed that he would try, but after the fourth time, he simply couldn't get it up again, so the mermaid drowned him in the river. 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 treid his best, seven times was all he could do. It was not enough to satisfy the mermaid, so she drowned him in the river. The youngest son woke up, found his parents and the cow dead, 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 mermaid. "I've seen all that has happened, and I can make everything right if you will have sex with me fifteen times in a row." The young son replied, "Is that all? Why not twenty times?" The mermaid was somewhat taken aback by his request. Then he said," Hell, why not twenty - five times?" And even as she was reluctantly agreeing to his request, he said,"Why not thirty times?!" 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?"