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 26, 2016 (permalink)

"A ray from the remotest star brings in its heart a secret message to him who can read it," from "A Message from Mars by J. Munroe, in Cassell's, 1895.
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"The chamber of mystery."  From Auriol, or, the Elixir of Life by William Harrison Ainsworth, 1875.
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Blowing hot and cold, from The Baby's Own Aesop by Walter Crane, 1899.
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From Tales of Fantasy, edited by Tudor Jenks, 1902.

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From The Talking Beasts, 1922.
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From The Peacock and the Wishing-Fairy by Corinne Ingraham, 1921.
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Yesterday — July 25, 2016 (permalink)

Trying to tell which end of the moon goes up, from Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1873.
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The words "Phosphoric acid" over a row of capital I's?  How to make sense of this scan by the Internet Archive from the Elementary Treatise on Stock Feeds and Feeding (1911)?  We find the answer in Philip M. Bailey's Homeopathic Psychology (1995): people of the phosphoric acid personality type are "often selfish, obsessed with self-gratification."
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You've heard that the fabric of space and time is knit together in countless ways.  Here is one of them, from 1958.

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From Alter Ejusdem by James Archibald Sidey, 1877.
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Here's an ominous peacock from De Kapelle der Dooden by Abraham a Sancta Clara, 1741.
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From The Phynodderree, and Other Legends of the Isle of Man by Edward Watson Callow, 1882.
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"The doughnut squabble."  From Forest Glen by Elijah Kellogg, 1877.
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"Bella at Eden."  From Half-Past Bedtime by H. H. Bashford, 1922.
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From Days of the Colonists by Louise Lamprey, 1922.
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July 24, 2016 (permalink)

How well do you know your pig-headed ghouls of history?  This one, from Fun magazine, 1864, is .  (The answer is in black text on a black background.  Highlight it to view.)
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Artist unknown, ca. 1900.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.
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From What Happened Then Stories by Ruth Dyer, 1918.
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From La Belle au Bois Dormant, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1920.
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