Where is Jimmy's House?

Nov 02, 2012

RAY: Jimmy was born at the exact midpoint of the century, and died before the new century began. He was a teenager when Johnson was sworn in as President of the United States, right after the assassination.

He was born in the same house he died in... though he died in a different state than the one in which he was born. The house was not moved, and, in fact, was in the exact same location for the entire century.

Where was he born, and where did he die?

TOM: I've got it! RV Heaven!

RAY: Not exactly.

RAY: Here’s how you solve it. It doesn’t work if this took place around 1950. But it works out if it was 1850. There were two Johnsons sworn in after assassinations. Lyndon Johnson was sworn in when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 -- but when Lincoln was assassinated, Andrew Johnson was sworn in. And that's the period of time that we're interested in.

So Jimmy was born in the midpoint of the century, born in 1850 and died before 1900, and the reason he was born in the same house that he died in, and it was in two different states, is that Virginia became two states. Virginia became Virginia and West Virginia, and his house, even though it was never moved, wound up in West Virginia. Do we have a winner?

TOM: Our winner this week is Ralph Sutter, from Pahrump, Nevada. Congratulations, Ralph!

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