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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Today — October 16, 2018 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1938.
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Yesterday — October 15, 2018 (permalink)

From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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October 8, 2018 (permalink)

From Le Rire, 1902.
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October 7, 2018 (permalink)

From Fliegende Blätter, 1931.
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October 1, 2018 (permalink)

From Judge's Library, 1904.
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September 28, 2018 (permalink)

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September 27, 2018 (permalink)

From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1903.  Speaking of Nostradamus, see the bizarre proof that Nostradamus Predicted Your Next Diet.
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September 22, 2018 (permalink)

From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1903.
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September 18, 2018 (permalink)

"The Flower o' the World asleep."  From The Laughing Prince by Parker Fillmore and illustrated by Jay Van Everen, 1921.
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From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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September 13, 2018 (permalink)

From The Judge, 1921.
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From Kladderadatsch, 1936.
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From Le Rire, 1908.
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From Le Rire, 1908.
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From Jugend, 1928.
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From Fliegende Blätter, 1935.
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August 29, 2018 (permalink)

From The Emerald Wreath by Caviare, 1964.
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August 28, 2018 (permalink)

From the remarkable Caws-Elwitts:

Hilary dreamt that she had a dentist appointment in Skaneateles (a place we've never been in real life). While trying to find the office she ended up in a parking garage, where a security guard yelled at her for walking down the automotive ramp. But then they became fast friends, she met his whole family, and he politely corrected her pronunciation of "Skaneateles."

I dreamt that Edgar Allan Poe carried a small red volume of his poetry with him when he was a dinner guest. He was (in the dream) an expert on silver spoons, and he would sometimes absent-mindedly place one of the hosts' little spoons that he'd been examining inside his poetry book in the midst of conversation, and innocently walk off with it. There were known to be several real-life (in the dream) "mysteries" of missing spoons that had later been accounted for by scholars familiar with Poe's habits.

Hilary also dreamt:

1. She was walking around brainstorming a novel, carrying a "plagiarism bucket." This was an orange-colored receptacle into which she would toss each new idea (on a slip of paper on which she'd jotted it down); inside the bucket, the paper would turn a particular color, litmus-style, if she had inadvertently lifted that particular idea from a pre-existing work.

2. Someone (who was possibly Julian Barnes) was friends with both me and Hilary but for some reason insisted on socializing with us separately. So he would have lunch with me at a restaurant, after which I would leave and Hilary would take my place. JB (or whoever) would then eat a second lunch with Hilary.

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From The Judge, 1922.
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August 24, 2018 (permalink)

A dream of living in a house made of cereal while cream rains down and collapses the walls.  From The Judge, 1912.
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