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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Today — July 28, 2015 (permalink)

From an 1899 advertisement.

Rorschachism begins at a very young age, as we see in 'Round the Hearth, edited by Robert Ellice Mach, 1889.  The caption reads, "A big, black blot."

By the way, the parlor game of Klexographie inspired the famous Rorschach inkblot test, and here's our online widget for using inkblots to answer deep questions.

"I saw the world as it had been before man was," from Cleopatra by Henry Rider Haggard and illustrated by R. C. Woodville, 1889.

From Walt Mason: His Book, 1916.

Yesterday — July 27, 2015 (permalink)

We learn here that turning a frown upside down doesn't require a full inversion.  From With the Children on Sundays, Through Eye-Gate, and Ear-Gate into the City of Child-Soul by Sylvanus Stall, 1911.

From The Conquest of the Moon by André Laurie, 1889.

Mysteries of the Unseen by Gilbert Edward Campbell, 1889.

We're down on this illustration.  From Wanderings of a War Artist, written and illustrated by Irving Montagu, 1889.  The caption reads, "Down with everything."

"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.

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