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, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, 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 — September 22, 2019 (permalink)

Can it be true, as the caption states, that "We all live in a women's dorm?"  We subjected this statement to our usual battery of stringent tests, and it turns out that yes, in a way, we all really do live in a women's dorm.  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1970 yearbook.
#mirror #vintage yearbook #night photography #1970s
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From the Ellendale yearbook of 1912.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #literature #vintage yearbook
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It's been said that the world of chess is more than simply wooden pieces and wooden problems.  From Virginia Commonwealth University's 1970 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #vintage men #chess #chess club
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Yesterday — September 21, 2019 (permalink)

Not merely an optical illusion -- even atheists might find Jesus in this splatter of ink.  From Mount Olive's 1969 yearbook.
#religion #vintage illustration #inkblot #vintage yearbook #jesus
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We presume he's playing the Minute Waltz.  From the University of Cincinnati's 1913 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #father time #vintage yearbook #clock #violin
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From Colorado College's 1945 yearbook.
Here's a tidbit about the bottom book pictured here, Forever Amber:
[Author] Winsor denied that her book was particularly daring, and said that she had no interest in explicit scenes. "I wrote only two sexy passages," she remarked, "and my publishers took both of them out. They put in ellipses instead. In those days, you know, you could solve everything with an ellipsis."
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #tiger
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"Autumn's face had no smile. In fact, she had no mouth at all" (Renee Andrews, Healing Autumn's Heart).  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1970 yearbook.
#nature spirit #goddess #vintage yearbook #autumn #cursed
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It's little known that every jester's marotte comes with a sword, likely because the sets invariably get separated over time.  From Tulane's 1905 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #jester #sword #vintage yearbook #marotte
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As a rule, it's best not to let the Sphinx get in the middle of an argument.  From Rhode Island State's 1907 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #sphinx #vintage yearbook #debating
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We actually don't mind diluted water, having developed a taste for it on skid row.  From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #water #drinking fountain
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These deliberate distortions (obviously ghosts) appear in Virginia Commonwealth University's 1970 yearbook.
#ghost #vintage yearbook #distortion #warped
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September 19, 2019 (permalink)

"You had to face autumn, and beyond autumn, winter" (Maurice Wiggin, The Memoirs of a Maverick, 1968).  From Brevard's 1975 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage yearbook #autumn #autumn leaves #giant leaf #orange leaf
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From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.
#skeleton #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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From the Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1917. 
#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #crushed #football
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Anything we say about this photo will constitute slander, and we don't need smiling m*niacs coming after us with axes, gas cans, and a hatred of culture.  From Washington & Lee's 1980 yearbook.
#vintage photo #destruction #piano #vintage yearbook
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Wondering if this was an accidental skull-face effect, we analyzed the photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app.  Sure enough, she really did have a skull face.  From Queens College's 1973 yearbook.
#skull face #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Not just wax but light itself drips from candles, a phenomenon rarely captured on film.  From Yeshiva's 1962 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #candle
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The best epigram we've encountered that begins an old yearbook: "Honestly, we didn't think you'd care."  From Knox College's 1913 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #apathy
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September 18, 2019 (permalink)

There are but 2 Google results for "alcohol's footprint."  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1947 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #alcohol #footprints #bottle
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For many students, the hands-on experience in "lab" is where real and lasting learning is acquired.  From Western Carolina's 1983 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vampire #dracula #wooden stake #stake to the heart
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