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 OneLetterWords.com.
There's disagreement about which drag queen first made the cover of a magazine, but here's Dan Leno way back in 1903. Also, Dan Leno put the "y" in "hys" long before the "y" in "womyn," as we see in his autobiography of 1899.
You guessed it: the top image, of the diameter of the Sun as seen from both Mercury and Earth, lines up exactly with the Mandelbrot fractal. The top image is from Celestial Scenery by Thomas Dick, 1838.
The pancake hub of the universe -- it may sound farfetched, yet physics posits a "cosmic pancake scenario" (composed of unrelaxed superclusters aligned along strings in which galaxies and clusters of galaxies are embedded, as per Schaeffer & Silk's "Large-Scale Inhomogeneities and Galaxy Statistics"), and in Buddhism, a cosmic pancake is one of the fundamental elements of the universe (see Chogyam Trungpa's Journey Without Goal, p. 137). Ironically, once you reach the Pancake Hub of the Universe in Liberal, Kansas, "you're not in Kansas anymore."