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 — July 4, 2020 (permalink)

Same.  From Dark Shadows, episode 342.
#supernatural #dark shadows
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Yesterday — July 3, 2020 (permalink)

At least we can all believe in something -- asterisks.  From What We All Believe by Rugh Cranston, 1951.
#asterisk #belief
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We trust you never flattered yourself that fairy tales were for you.  They're by fairies, for fairies.  (Granted, you may actually be a fairy.  In which case, never mind.)  From Little Nobody, 1875
#fairy tale
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July 2, 2020 (permalink)

They don't write TV shows this way anymore.  Spoken to a severed hand that was stolen from the king of the gypsies: "Released by the guardians of the chains and blessed by the custodians of the twelve days."  The twelve days of Christmas?
#dark shadows
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The setting mapped on the endpapers is even divided into acres, as in "the Hundred Acre Wood," in this rather blatant "tribute" to Winnie the Pooh, two decades later.  We decoded the young reader's squiggle.  It says, "Christopher Robin did it first."  From Poo and the Baby Bunny Rabbit by Edwin Megargee, 1947.
#vintage illustration #endpapers #old book #winnie the pooh
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"Tomorrow may be cancelled."  From The Martlet, 1972.
#vintage headline #fearmongering
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The entire audience is led by the hand into Fairyland at the end of "God Pan Forgotten."  From The Magic Sea Shell and Other Plays for Children by John Farrar, 1923.
#fairy tale #fairyland
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June 29, 2020 (permalink)

From Woroni, 1975.
#vintage headline #moron
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June 28, 2020 (permalink)

How true those words are, even today.  "There have been events area residents can't explain."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1989.
#vintage headline
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June 27, 2020 (permalink)

"People want to feel a sense of what’s normal again" said the ad agency responsible for the band Ratt appearing in a new Geico commercial.  If this is the new normal, we've finally slipped into a better parallel universe.
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June 26, 2020 (permalink)

We find this to be true: "science fiction becomes fact after five."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1979.
#science fiction #vintage headline
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"Don't leave it to chance ... Vote Divine Right."  From The Martlet, 1969.
#voting #sign #divine right
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The problem with this book title, of course, is that "Thinking about it won’t make it so" (Marsha Stopa).
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June 25, 2020 (permalink)

It's been said that "The author should be invisible every step of the way" (Angela Ackerman).  And that includes the title page, apparently.  This page is exactly as scanned by Google Books: "The Works of."
#vintage book #invisible man #no author #authorless
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Unfashionable views are yet valid, and in most cases fashionable views are invalid.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1970.
#ufo #vintage headline
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This old Dutch safety poster reminded us of our encounter with a horrific deformity in the glass of an antique mirror.  
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June 24, 2020 (permalink)

It's an enduring question: "It's only a movie (isn't it?)"  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1996.
#vintage headline #simulation #only a movie
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"He sees phoniness in nearly everything."  Irving Layton, in The Martlet, 1965.
#vintage illustration #poet #eyes #phony
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June 23, 2020 (permalink)

From The Link, 1974.
#vintage illustration #cauldron #witches #vintage headline
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The sit-in was given its walking papers, apparently.  From The Martlet, 1968.
#vintage headline #protest #sit-in
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