The census taker was pursuing his appointed task thoroughly but without great enthusiasm. His resolve was tested still further when he arrived at the house occupied by a notorious crone who routinely intimidated everyone in the area.
He knocked on the door and, to his surprise, she answered all his questions readily until he came to the last. She refused to tell him her age.
"But everyone tells their age to the census taker," said he.
"Did Miss Hill, and Miss Ward tell you their ages?" she asked.
"Certainly." he replied.
"Well, I'm the same age as they are." she snapped.
The census taker simply wrote on the form as he muttered,
"As old as the Hills ..."