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.
So much for Jules Verne's 80-day circumnavigation in 1873. Seven years later, the trip was up to 500 days. At that rate of slack, it would take 8,240 days to circumnavigate in 2016. We're now looking for that book cover.
You knew that everything is just a little bit better in Scandinavia, but here's why: How "No. 1" Became "1 1/2" in Norway by J. Maitland Stuart, 1891. Now it becomes clear — when Norwegians "turn it up to eleven," it's a bigger deal.