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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July 27, 2015 (permalink)

"Madhusadan proceeded to make his incantations, despite terrible sights in the air."  From Vikram and Vampire by Richard F. Burton, 1893.

From The Comic History of England by Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett and illustrated by John Leech, 1847.

July 26, 2015 (permalink)

This is identified by the Internet Archive as being from the 1776 proceedings of the general assembly of New Jersey, and we embrace it as a test of our agnosticism.  See for yourself:

Sometimes happiness is right in front of us, as we see in this ad from 1893.

"The last moments and an unfinished picture," from Bohemian Paris of To-day by William Chambers Morrow and Illustratied by Édouard Cucuel, 1899.

The discovery of a fairy ring from St. Nicholas magazine, 1904.

Here's the Clerical Magistrate from The Political House that Jack Built, 1819.

July 25, 2015 (permalink)

This is one of the gloomiest candles we've ever seen, back from when children were taught how to make black holes at home.  From With the Children on Sundays, Through Eye-Gate, and Ear-Gate into the City of Child-Soul by Sylvanus Stall, 1911.

"He serves beer in 'Heaven,'" from Bohemian Paris of To-day by William Chambers Morrow and Illustratied by Édouard Cucuel, 1899.

"Sally doesn't like the looks of it," from The Three Boots by William Henry Stacpoole, 1892.

July 24, 2015 (permalink)

Here's further proof that the man in the moon is a lady.  We find it in Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon Direct in Ninety-Seven Hours and Twenty Minutes, and a Trip Round It, 1874.  See our previous evidence (here) that the man in the moon is a lady.

"The funny gentleman's arrival," from Dicks' English Library of Standard Works, 1884.

From España Negra, written and illustrated by Émile Verhaeren, 1899.

"Struggled with all her will-power against the hypnotic infuence," from 1890.

"If the time should come when you would fain have the love of some other man, then use this second bottle," from "The Witch of Walworth," Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.

The Temple of Death, from The Works of John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave, 1740.

July 23, 2015 (permalink)

From Leslie's Fate; and Hilda, or the Ghost of Erminstein by Andrew Charles Parker Haggard, 1892.

"The wonderful oyster," from The Oxford Thackeray.

"He stayed indoors all day, only venturing out after dark."  From Blind Love by Wilkie Collins and illustrated by A. Forestier, 1890.

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