Technorama Ep417: The Farce Awakens

Coming up in this episode…

  • Skipped Birthdays
  • Fuffy Frog and her Texting
  • …and we lament the lack of Monkey Butlers

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  • Audio: MiM – Where are they now?
  • Mail from Nicholas:

Hey Chuck,

I don’t know who’s geek card I need to revoke, but Quark was on Deep Space Nine, not Voyager (unless you count the fact that he appears for about 5 minutes in Voyager’s premier episode).


On This Day In History for November 12, 2014

This is the 316th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 49 days remaining in 2014.

  • It was on this date in 1912, The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men are found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
  • Hugh Gray takes the first known photos alleged to be of the Loch Ness Monster on this date in 1933.
  • November 12, 1936, In California, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.
  • 44 years ago today, The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous “exploding whale” incident.
  • 34 years ago today, The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes the first images of its rings.
  • November 12, 1981, Space Shuttle program: Mission STS-2, utilizing the Space Shuttle Columbia, marks the first time a manned spacecraft is launched into space twice.
  • Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web on this date in 1990.
  • Shanghai Transrapid sets a new world speed record (501 kilometres per hour (311 mph)) for commercial railway systems, which remains the fastest for unmodified commercial rail vehicles on this date in 2003.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to

  • Russian composer and chemist Alexander Borodin, born on this date in 1833.
  • Turning 80 years old today, and denied for parole once again, American cult leader and murderer Charles Manson.
  • Also celebrating his 77th birthday, American admiral, pilot, and astronaut Richard H. Truly
  • Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer Neil Young turns 69
  • Figure skater Tonya Harding is 44 today
  • and finally actress and singer Anne Hathaway is 32.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for November 12, 2014


Listener Birthday Calendar

  • Nov 13 – Pippa (London UK)
  • Nov 13 – Jennifer Therrien (Canada)
  • Nov 15 – Chuck Jolley aka nitestarr – (Horn Lake, MS)
  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

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