Episode 636: The Simple Truth is…

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  • Email – Edward Chase
  • In the latest episode, 634, Kreg mentions having a lien on his house for an unreturned VCR rental.  Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, I believe.  He states that he paid the $80 lien, but also mentioned that the video store was no longer in business.  So my question is, who did Kreg pay?
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  • Voicemail – Brian from Minnesota

Hey Tiffany Craig, this is Brian from Blaine Minnesota. Hey, I’ve been watching Battlestar Galactica still holds up the phone with you guys about Battlestar, almost one and the same guys. Thanks. Talk to you later. Bye.”

  • QOTW: Even if you are an adult, what is something that you are never truly too old for?

On This Day In History for April 14, 2021

This is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 261 days remaining in 2021.

  • It was on this date in 1561, that A celestial phenomenon was reported over Nuremberg, described as an aerial battle.
  • U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth on this date in 1865; Lincoln lived till the following day.
  • Also on April 14, 1894, the first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City, United States, using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.
  • That same date in 1902, James Cash Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
  • Also today in 1912, the British passenger liner RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (sinks morning of April 15th)
  • 94 years ago today, the first Volvo car premiered in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • That same date in 1928, a German Junkers W 33 type aircraft, reached Greenly Island, Canada – the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west
  • Also today in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck was first published by the Viking Press
  • It was on this date in 1958, that the Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 fell from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days. This was the first spacecraft to carry a living animal, a female dog named Laika, who likely lived only a few hours
  • On April 14, 1981, STS-1: The first operational Space Shuttle, Columbia completed its first test flight
  • It was 18 years ago today, that The Human Genome Project was completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • Christiaan Huygens, Dutch mathematician, astronomer, and physicist was born on that same date in 1629.
  • Flemish cartographer and geographer, Abraham Ortelius, born on this date in 1527.
  • English barrister and one time owner of Stonehenge, Cecil Chubb, born on this date in 1876.
  • Born April 14, 1882, German-Austrian physicist and philosopher Moritz Schlick.
  • Also born on that same date in 1932,  American singer-songwriter and musician, Loretta Lynn.
  • Armenian-Russian nuclear physicist, Yuri Oganessian, born on this date in 1933.
  • Also turning 79 today is Russian engineer and astronaut Valentin Lebedev.
  • Also born on that same date in 1950,  American physician and geneticist, Francis Collins.
  • American actor, Anthony Michael Hall, born on this date in 1968.
  • Also born on that same date in 1977,  American actress and producer, Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Listener Birthdays

  • 7 – P.C. Haring
  • 14 – Danny Harnish
  • 16 – Donna Tomasi
  • 18 – Skaifey (Anthony)
  • 19 – Amanda (SusietheGeek’s daughter & Geek in Training)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 14, 2021

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