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 — April 27, 2015 (permalink)

The tenant of the treasure house, from Jethou by Ernest Richard Suffling, 1892.

From La Morale Merveilleuse by P. Christian, 1844.

From Midsummer Eve by S. C. Hall, 1848.

From Love Lyrics and Valentine Verses by Charles Maurice Davies, 1875.

Yesterday — April 26, 2015 (permalink)

The phrase "Love is self-devouring" delivers but a single Google result!  Here's the uroboros encircling Cupid, from Sir Walter Ralegh: A Tragedy by William John Dixon and illustrated by N. C. Bishop-Culpeper, 1897.

"O hold your tongue, my pretty parrot, lay not the blame upon me."  From Illustrated British Ballads, Old and New, 1894.

April 25, 2015 (permalink)

The great transformation from Belle and the Dragon by Arthur Edward Waite, 1894.

From Vegas Reise omkring Asia og Europa by Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, 1881.

"Scores of strange beasts hurried out from under them," from Fifteen Hundred Miles an Hour by Charles Dixon, 1895.

April 24, 2015 (permalink)

"I fell at the foot of one of the large trees," from Phantastes by George MacDonald, 1894.

"The perfected discovery," from Crooked Places by Edward Garrett, 1894.

From Goddelycke Wenschen, 1629.

April 23, 2015 (permalink)

From The Greymare Romance by Edwin John Ellis, 1891.

From the Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina, 1919.

April 22, 2015 (permalink)

"Come down sir, will you, and take my skin off."  From A Plunge into the Sahara by G. Demage, 1894.

April 21, 2015 (permalink)

[For Jonathan Caws-Elwitt.]

"A man who can chalk an eel like that deserves to be encouraged."  From The Cap Becomes a Coronet by Frederick Bingham, 1894

"Before the Battle of the Books," from The Works of the Reverend Dr. Jonathan Swift.

April 20, 2015 (permalink)

"The morning toilette lasted for some time."  From A Plunge into the Sahara by G. Demage and illustrated by P. Crampel, 1894.

Here's a certain Mr. X from the Atlanta City Directory, 1913, p. 61.

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