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The Geekly with a Twist: January 11th-17th

Hey all. Sorry about last week. As far as the doctors have been able to tell, I’m turning into a zombie. Or a vampire. Or even a werewolf. Maybe it was that darn radioactive spider…. Okay, I’m off topic. Sorry. Still not great, but great enough to bring you all what I’m sure you’ve sorely been missing! Onward with the history!

January 11th, 1787: Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus, are discovered by William Herschel.

January 11th, 1923: Jerome Bixby, an author/screenwriter/et cetera known best for his work in SciFi (he wrote four episodes for Star Trek, for example) is born in Los Angeles, California.


January 11th, 1937: The actor (and generally nice guy/amazing storyteller) behind Twiki, Cousin Itt, and many other iconic roles, Felix Silla is born in Rome, Italy.

January 11th, 1972: Marc Blucas, best known in the scifi community as Agent Riley Finn from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is born in Butler, Pennsylvania.

January 12th, 1962: Comic book editor, writer, artist, and head of Event Comics Joe Quesada is born in New York City.

January 13th, 1893: Clark Ashton Smith, one of the “big three” of the pulp magazine Weird Tales (along with Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft), is born in Pacific Grove, California.

January 13th, 1949: The first Indian to travel to space, Rakesh Sharma is born in Patiala, Punjab in India.

January 13th, 1977: Elvish and pirate heart-throb Orlando Bloom is born in Canterbury, Kent.

January 14th, 1964: Mark Addy, the actor who played a brilliant King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones, is born in York.

January 16th, 1970: Garth Ennis, the comic book writer most noted for his 9 year run with Marvel’s Punisher franchise as well as the Vertigo Comics property Preacher, is born in Holywood, Northern Ireland.

January 17th, 1927: Perhaps one of the most distinctive women behind Catwoman, Eartha Kitt is born in North, South Carolina (which is, oddly enough, a small town in central South Carolina).

For more awesome geek history, be sure to check out:

And, for your Twist this week, how about something pretty simple? A shot à la Baratheon?

  • One shot Jägermeister

It’s simple enough and you don’t want to mess around. Robert never really did. Besides, the house sigil is a stag, so it’s perfect!

And, for a great Garnish on the week (especially since the twist is so plain), in case you missed it: Comic Con Carne is BACK. It’s in HD, has a new opener, and is a part of a whole new line up for the year over on our YouTube channel.


If you don’t already, be sure to subscribe to catch all of the latest news and you might even be seeing a certain Lush lurking in the channel.

So, until next week, geek on!

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