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.
If you ever wondered about how fashion models affect those still expressions, it's all done with motors. The headline reads, "Expression of model's face changed by motor." From Popular Mechanics, 1934.
Not everyone realizes that there are two rivers Styx and that they cross each other. Also, not everyone knows that you can get vermouth made with water from the underworld. It's all revealed in Le Journal Amusant, 1921.
A vintage fortune-telling weight scale -- its penny vault unlocked for the first time in years or even decades. Can you guess how many pennies will cascade out? Or how many rare coins will be among the loot? All the surprising details are revealed, along with some mind-bending esoteric secrets of copper pennies.
If you'd like the machine to tell your own fortune, leave a penny in Prof. Oddfellow's tip jar and he'll send you a snapshot of the answer that comes up: