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.
This is as good an explanation of the Santa Ana winds as we've encountered: "Listen, please. The wind. Maybe that means that the top is open. Maybe it means that the keeper isn't up there anymore. Maybe it means that it's grown tired of its plaything. Maybe it even means that it's left our world." —The Bubble (1966)
"Children's umbrellas"? But as the Waldorf philosophy professes, "children should not be spared from experiencing the weight of objects." This giant children's umbrella appears in an advertisement from 1899.
An illustration from Our Earth and Its Story by Robert Brown (1893). The caption reads: "Fig. 70 — Somma and Vesuvius, the one encircling the other. (An example of the ringed volcano, with the eruption of Oct., 1822.)"