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 OneLetterWords.com.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here’s a Thought

July 10, 2020 (permalink)

Forget the unmentioned camels -- those O's are Ouija board planchettes.  From Not to Mention Camels.
#camel #planchette
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"What's all this, then?"  A headline from Medium II newspaper (Mississauga), 1978.
#vintage headline #perplexed #what's going on
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"How to keep sane when carrying a suitcase."  From The Link, 1970.
#vintage headline #sanity #suitcase
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July 9, 2020 (permalink)

Finally, a headline we can believe.  "What next?  Nobody knows."  From The Gateway, 1975.
#the future #vintage headline #nobody knows #what next
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Those still wondering which came first, the chicken or the egg, aren't reading the right books.
#vintage illustration #vintage book #chicken #egg #poultry
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July 6, 2020 (permalink)

It used to be easier to find fruity shoes.  From The Martlet, 1972.
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #pear #shoe #fruit
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At first glance, we thought this was one of the flower people.  Now we're not sure.
"Just a gentle reminder."  From The Gateway, 1974.
#vintage illustration
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"When the going gets tough, people tend to go strange."  Via UFO Newsclipping Service, 1991.
#vintage headline #strange
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July 5, 2020 (permalink)

"To know the Moon as few men may, one must be just a little fey; and for our friendship's sake I'm glad that I am just a trifle mad."  From The Complete Poems of Robert Service, 1945.
#moon #poetry
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July 4, 2020 (permalink)

Same.  From Dark Shadows, episode 342.
#supernatural #dark shadows
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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.
#ratt
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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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