Well I had to share this story. It was Easter, a long time ago, and the wife and I were guests at my sister-in-law's home for supper, along with the rest of their family. When sis got ready to put a boneless ham in the over she cut off each end and placed it in a roaster.
Upon seeing that move, I asked why she did it, why she cut the ends off. She said she didn't know, that was just the way her mom had always done it. My wife said that she also did it, and for the same reason. But now I had piqued their interest.
The girls went into the living room and asked their mother, "Why did you always cut the two ends off the ham before you baked it?" Mom replied, "Well, my pan was smaller than the one you have, and that was the only way I could get it to fit."