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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May 17, 2015 (permalink)

Science and Religion (holding a record book and a Bible) seek reconciliation through the goddess of Reason.  Above Reason's throne are the words analogy, perception, facts, logic, investigation, inference, and intelligence.  At Reason's feet is a sacrificed ball-and-chain of bigotry and dogma.  From Blasts from The Ram's Horn, 1902.

We're guessing that this guy was a real tool.  From from Prose and Verse by William James Linton, 1836.

The parts of the nose as indicators of character, from How to Know Human Nature: Its Inner States and Outer Forms by William Walker Atkinson, 1919.

"As for nerves, I haven't got any; I must have shed them with my first teeth."  From Jewel Mysteries I Have Known by Max Pemberton, 1894.

May 16, 2015 (permalink)

From Misadventure by William Edward Norris, 1891.

"Truth prevails and virtue is triumphant," all eye-rolling aside!  From The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens.

From International Studio, 1897, illustrated by Percy Smith.

May 15, 2015 (permalink)

From New Detective Stories by Gilbert Edward Campbell, 1891.

"The times have been that when the brains were out, the man would die, and there an end." —Macbeth.

From The Flying Burgermaster by Frances Parker, 1832.

From The Dance of the Hours by Charlotte Louisa Hawkins Dempster, 1893.

"The Baital disappeared through the darkness," from Vikram and Vampire, or, Tales of Hindu Devilry, 1893.

May 14, 2015 (permalink)

"Crossing the burning bridge," from The Biography of a Locomotive Engine by Henry Frith and illustrated by P. Hardy, 1891.

A vintage storage tip: find a cool, dark place to stockpile your champagne, money bags, bonds, and mortgages.  From Blasts from The Ram's Horn, 1902.

Come Back from the Dead by Christopher Howard, 1893.

May 13, 2015 (permalink)

Whatever is under the bed exclaims, "I will speak."  From Review of Reviews and World's Work, 1904.

From Goops and How to be Them by Gelett Burgess, 1900.  The text reads, "I have a notion / The Books on the shelves  / Are just as much persons / As we are, ourselves.  / When you are older, / You'll find this is true; / You'd better be careful / To make Books like you!"

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