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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October 24, 2018 (permalink)

Wow -- this student newspaper admitted its biases, contempt for its readers, slanted stories and altered facts, hunger for power, and pseudo-intellect.  If only current-day fake news could do similar soul-searching.  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1965.  
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October 17, 2018 (permalink)

It's difficult to imagine today's corrupt, fake news media apologizing for any confusion.  From The Crusader, 1993.
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September 24, 2018 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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May 25, 2018 (permalink)

The happiness of telephonic silence.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1921.
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May 23, 2018 (permalink)

News From the Invisible World by John Tregortha, 1800.
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December 28, 2017 (permalink)

From The Phi Gamma Delta, 1918.
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July 21, 2017 (permalink)

"He returned to his pavilion without saying one word of what had happened."  From The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 1899.
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June 16, 2017 (permalink)

From Gate to English, Book I by Will David Howe, 1915.
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April 5, 2017 (permalink)

From Wayside Tales, 1922.
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March 7, 2017 (permalink)

From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879.
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January 16, 2017 (permalink)

"With a self-control that afterwards surprised myself, I said nothing."  From "The Merchant Prince" by J. Berwick Harwood, in Cassell's, 1890.
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November 11, 2016 (permalink)

From Die Muskete, 1913.
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"We'll have no words among ourselves to-night," from Under which Lord? by Elizabeth Lynn and illustrated by Arthur Hopkins, 1879.

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December 26, 2015 (permalink)

From Drawing-Room Plays, selected and adapted from the French by Lady Adelaide Cadogan and illustrated by E. L. Shute, 1888.

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July 24, 2015 (permalink)

"Violet was on the eve of making a confession, but checked herself."  From The Wonder of Kingswood Chace by Pierce Egan the Younger, 1890.

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July 5, 2015 (permalink)

"'Is there any news?' she queried, eagerly.  '....Tell me,' she said, hoarsely."  From Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
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June 27, 2015 (permalink)

"You've had no bad news, I hope?"  From Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
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June 10, 2015 (permalink)

"News doesn't exist" —a line from "Old Man Harper Remembers" by Gary Barwin

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June 8, 2015 (permalink)

"The news!  Have you heard the news?"  From Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
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May 13, 2015 (permalink)

"What is going to happen!"  From The Purchase of the North Pole by Jules Verne, 1891.
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