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 OneLetterWords.com.
Here's a precursor to David Lynch's comic strip "The Angriest Dog in the World," about a dog "so angry he cannot move; he cannot eat; he cannot sleep; he can just barely growl; bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches the state of rigor mortis." This vintage angriest dog appears in Judge's Library, 1905. Previously, we spotted an even closer precursor to Lynch's angry dog, here.
Here's a precursor to The Iceman Cometh. The sudden appearance of an ice man, and not the long-expected murderously jealous husband, ends a comedic sketch with one character screaming in fright, and the script promises that it's one of the best finishes in vaudeville. From A Cold Finish, A Vaudeville Sketch by Harry Lee Newton, 1905.