CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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May 18, 2018 (permalink)

We spotted a copy of our How to Be Your Own Cat atop a cottage in Australia, watched over by a feline basking in the sun.  Thanks, Adam, for sending the photo!
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May 12, 2018 (permalink)

From Popular Mechanics, 1925.
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April 30, 2018 (permalink)

An unknown Australian craftsman added five of our books to his home library: How to Be Your Own CatA Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by SoundThis Book is a CactusMagic Words: A Dictionaryand Seance Parlor Feng Shui.  It's been said of unknown craftsmen: 
There is only one thing to do. The veil must be lifted. The unknown designer, the unknown craftsman must be brought out into the light, recognized as any other artist is recognized, and given the privilege to affix his signature or other identifying mark to any worthy work or design, or to any direct result of his design, the product in turn to be valued as much for its artistry as its more material qualities. ... Give the designer his due, and artist, manufacturer, dealer, public, country all will be the richer. Anonymity represses. Nothing grows without light. Let us have all the light we can get. —Arts & Decoration Magazine, 1921
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April 14, 2018 (permalink)

We spotted in the front window of Quimby's NYC none other than our How to Be Your Own Catfeaturing a preface by the acclaimed poet and novelist Gary Barwin.  Reader Adam says: "I love this book and am thrilled that it is exactly what I thought it would be. A well thought out slice of human behaviour disguised as a humorous picture of the feline mind. I for one was thrilled to find out I didn't really need the education because I am already my own cat. Although I haven't listened to the floor in a while. I really must take that back up... It really is a great little psychology book for people who still use their brain cells to think. And satire has always been, in my opinion, one of the greatest teaching tools. Entertain people and they don't even realise they are actually learning something."
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April 12, 2018 (permalink)

To publicize my YouTube channel, I'm giving away 777 copies of my PDF e-books.  (Live large!)  New or existing subscribers to my Youtube channel may message me with the top 3 books titles they're most interested in, and I'll write back with a private link to one of those titles that's still up for grabs.  Available titles are listed on my Amazon page as well as on my two websites: oddities for word lovers are at, and esoteric/spooky titles are at  Just let me know what your YouTube handle is, so I can verify your subscription, and your top 3 preferences from among my hundreds of publications.

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March 19, 2018 (permalink)

"From Darkness Into Light."  From The Life Beyond the Veil by George Vale Owen, 1921.
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February 8, 2018 (permalink)

We're honored that the acclaimed philosopher of magic, Robert E. Neale, praised our latest video as a new artform: 
"I cannot imagine a more striking example of how the human animal can cope.  In response to a destructive event, these animals create an expression that is uniquely original in style and content, moving, funny and thoughtful.  May we all try to do the same when life offers us the opportunity."
See the video he refers to, here.
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February 7, 2018 (permalink)

We're honored that Vegas headliner Jeff McBride called us "The rockstar of the occult."
He refers to our videos, here.
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January 24, 2018 (permalink)

From Der Deutsche Kriegsbilderbogen, 1914.
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January 23, 2018 (permalink)

Thanks to dashing* humorist playwright Jonathan Caws-Elwitt for spotting our How to Be Your Own Cat and A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound at Quimby's Bookstore in Brooklyn.
*Jonathan is stylish, adventurous, and occasionally uses dashes** in his writing.
**He doesn't shy from going the full em dash, and he knows how to finesse an en dash when necessary.  He's no stranger to a non-breaking hypen (and that's not a minus).  We're confident that he could handle a horizontal bar (even if it had to be swung).
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January 22, 2018 (permalink)

Responding to our proof that all mirrors are magic mirrors, that reflections are real, and that we can literally drink the moon and the knowledge of the moon from a liquid mirror, George writes:

F-----------ck….that’s genius!

What a trip!!! In act one I couldn’t keep my eyes off of your glistening glasses but also not off of the marvellous multi-colored moon. Switching between the two gave me an instant high.

Act two brought a big smile on my face. The moon appearing, vibrating on the rhythm of your words, then disappearing again was a nice three act play all within itself.

“Lighting a candle never hurts” was put into practice when you helped me get to the end by leaving me in the worldly dark after lightning a fire within. 

Truly beautiful! Can’t wipe the smile off of my face.

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January 19, 2018 (permalink)

"Scenes That Are Brighter."  From The Life Beyond the Veil by George Vale Owen, 1921.
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January 12, 2018 (permalink)

"How loving Laili became young again."  From Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John D. Batten, 1892.
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January 8, 2018 (permalink)

"The Odic forces generated by man."  From On the Heights of Himalay by Albert Van der Naillen, 1896.
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January 7, 2018 (permalink)

From Popular Mechanics, 1932.
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January 6, 2018 (permalink)

Thanks to Steven Svymbersky, who praised our non-surgical method for How to Be Your Own Cat as "a scientific breakthrough."  Prove it to your own satisfaction, at Quimby's Bookstore in Brooklyn or at Amazon.
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January 1, 2018 (permalink)

"Is the universe exploding astronomers inquire."  From Popular Mechanics, 1931.
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December 29, 2017 (permalink)

These are the best New Year's resolutions we've ever encountered, explaining why one shouldn't get up early, should spend more money on oneself, should drink more, should live beyond one's means, should gamble, and should look out for No. 1.  From The Idler, 1894.
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December 18, 2017 (permalink)

From Die Bühne, 1936.
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