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.
Forty years before the phenomenon was named, here's a woman who woke up one day to find that the universe she inhabited was slightly "off" from her memories. Yes, it's the Mandela Effect, in the Duke yearbook of 1970. Speaking of our video clip about how to use the Mandela Effect to your advantage, the inimitable Gary Barwin said: "This new video on the Mandela effect locked me in its uncarny Full Nelson. You play Heidegger and go seek with the Wyrd sisters of quantum estrangement or perhaps attainment and, not to make streetlight of it, I found it shone light on what it is to be a prism-er of the quotidian and to eschew the night vision of one's internal intuitor, one's inner child who makes strange."
"Swim meet smoked out by fire scare" -- a precursor to the episode of The IT Crowd in which an aquatic park catches on fire in spite of all that water. From the University of Mary Washington's Bullet, 2005.