Sam and Abe, now in their late seventies, first met in the second grade in a school on the lower East Side of New York. Their relationship now is one of playing pinochle, playing jokes and making bets.
Sam calls Abe and says, "I got a bet for you: I bet you that mine is longer soft than yours is hard. A thousand dollars!"
Abe says, "How can that be? If you knew anything about biology, you..."
Sam interrupts, "I called for a bet, not a lecture. Mine is longer soft than yours is hard; one thousand dollars, yes or no?"
Abe says, "Okay, I'll take your bet! How long is yours soft?"
Sam says, "Eleven years!"