Modern surgery gave one Alexander Peter, Hungarian peasant, a bright idea when he wanted to mortgage his 320 acres. Legally that was impossible because the land was entailed for the successive benefit of any children Peasant Peter might beget before 1952. But Farmer Peter wanted to hypothecate some of the property to buy farm machinery. And although married, he had no children, wanted none, expected none. To convince the court which had jurisdiction of his farm that he was going to have none, he had a vasectomy performed on himself. This was...

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