Answers to trivia quiz from pastor’s letter January 4

  1. Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter never played golf while in office.
  2. Juneau, Alaska is so isolated that you cannot drive there from any other state. You have to take a plane or a boat. You also cannot drive there from Anchorage, the state’s largest city.
  3. 31,102 verses in the Bible
  4. The Bible was not divided into “chapters” until A.D. 1227. The Old Testament was then divided further, into verses, in 1445. The New Testament wasn’t divided into verses until 1551.
  5. Virginia is the birthplace of eight presidents, more than any other state: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Woodrow Wilson. Ohio was the birthplace of seven presidents, Massachusetts and New York four each.
  6. No one is quite sure where Andrew Jackson was born, but North Carolina and South Carolina both claim his birthplace. He was born near the border, and poor records have made it impossible to know for sure.
  7. The Bible never tells us exactly how many wise men or magi there were. They brought three gifts, but as anyone who has ever been the recipient of a baby shower (or wedding gifts) knows, sometimes you get the same gift from multiple people!
  8. Republicans Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump all won in the electoral collage while losing the popular vote. No Democrat ever pulled that off. Prior to the modern Republican and Democratic parties, John Quincy Adams also won the presidency without winning the popular vote. He was elected by the House of Representatives in 1824.
  9. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River, which you will definitely believe if you ever had to drive through it to get to Florida. Michigan disputes that, however, because they include parts of Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Superior as a part of their size. If you add the water, Michigan edges out Georgia. Florida also wants to get in on the competition by adding parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. But if you take out Great Lakes, gulfs, and oceans, Georgia is largest.
  10. The word “Messiah” never appears in the Old Testament. It appears often in the New Testament, but the concept found there was only developed in the period of time between the Old and New Testaments.