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.
Ithell Colquhoun's book on Ireland, The Crying of the Wind, mentions Killarney being famous for tall tales and extravagant jokes. "On our commenting upon the bad weather to one of these, he told us that it had once rained for nine years without stopping! 'But that,' he added as a concession to plausibility, 'was in India.'"
Here's as good an explanation of the weather as we've yet encountered: "Old Father McNether / He sorts out the weather." From The Peter Patter Book by Leroy F. Jackson and illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright, 1918.
The Hermetic secret that "time is a snowflake" is a googlewhack. (We'd have saved this item for winter time, but "time is a snowflake" might not be a googlewhack then. In the meantime, we trust your discretion.)