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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October 25, 2016 (permalink)

"Birthing begins in the brain," says Denise Spatafora, and here's proof from a 1912 issue of Die Muskete.
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"Laughing brings out the good in food.  It's good to laugh.  If you don't laugh, you're going to magnify.  And if you magnify, you're going to die." —Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying

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October 23, 2016 (permalink)

"It may surprise you that many do not see the importance of being lean." —Deploying and Managing a Cloud Infrastructure


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October 21, 2016 (permalink)

"It may surprise you to learn that many fruits we don't commonly think of as berries—bananas, avocados, tomatoes, and even pumpkins and watermelons—are actually true berries." —The Wobbit

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October 20, 2016 (permalink)

You've heard of the "spirit of an age" or zeitgeist, but the 19th century's spirit was a fairy named Pneumanee, as we learn from John William Cunningham, 1815.
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October 19, 2016 (permalink)

"It may surprise you, in fact, just how high and angry a river can be and still offer dry-fly fishing." —Seasons for Trout


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October 17, 2016 (permalink)

The radio hat of 1931.
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October 16, 2016 (permalink)

"It may surprise you to learn that there is no agreed definition of leadership in the management literature." —Freedom from Command and Control

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October 15, 2016 (permalink)

Here's a description of Madison Avenue as the stillest, most dreamlike place on earth, where the hand of one hundred million people reaches out three thousand miles and communicates through silent sign language.  We find this snippet in The Ghost in the White House: Some Suggestions as to How a Hundred Million People (Who are Supposed in a Vague, Helpless Way to Haunt the White House) Can Make Themselves Felt with a President, How They Can Back Him Up, Express Themselves to Him, be Expressed by Him, and Get What They Want by Gerald Stanley Lee, 1920.
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Nuns are born of eggs, and "their love of slightly-elevated nesting-places has long been observed."  We learn this in The Dovecote and the Aviary by Edmund Saul Dixon, 1851.
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October 14, 2016 (permalink)

Here's the radio pram of 1921.
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October 13, 2016 (permalink)

"It may surprise you, but people can be bribed to give away information." —CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: SY0-401

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October 12, 2016 (permalink)

"Painting, music, movies, sculpture, theater, everying—we can survive without it.  You have to eat, or else you'll die.  Food is the only obligatory emotion." —Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying

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October 11, 2016 (permalink)

"Many think that Egypt is upside down [because the Nile flows from south to north]" (Marci Haines, Ancient Egypt).  And it's true.  Our photographic proof is courtesy of the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives.
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October 10, 2016 (permalink)

"It may surprise you to know that temptation can have a positive effect!" —New Believer's Guide to Effective Christian Living

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October 9, 2016 (permalink)

You've heard that Michigan is the "Mitten State," and here is revealed the giant hand inside that mitten.  From 1950.
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October 7, 2016 (permalink)

"It may surprise you to learn that the original languages of the Bible—Greek and Hebrew—do not have punctuation marks." —Are the Gospels Full of Contradictions?

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October 6, 2016 (permalink)

Aviator Amelia Earhart has been suspected of being a spy, a lesbian, and even a fish, but we can now reveal that she was a mannequin sculpted by Dorothy Fox.  Our photographic evidence is courtesy of the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives.
Dontcallmeshoe writes, "Everyone needs to see this.  Why have we never been shown the truth?"
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October 2, 2016 (permalink)

"The piano—it may surprise you—anyone can play." —Athruzy of Good Humor Poetry 

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October 1, 2016 (permalink)

October is spooky because the month actually passed away in 1830.  Our evidence appears in The Mysteries of the Court of London by George William MacArthur Reynolds, 1849.
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