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 — May 31, 2020 (permalink)

Rhubarb Vaselino enters the arena of the ridiculous.  From The Film Daily, 1922.
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Smile.  From American University's 1971 yearbook.
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You can do this at home, too -- pull out a few books on criticism and stick your head in, facing the wall.  Or, um, so I've heard.  From Eastern Nazarene's 1976 yearbook.
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Yesterday — May 30, 2020 (permalink)

From Lebanon Valley's 1970 yearbook.
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Memories of college.  From Elon's 1978 yearbook.
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May 29, 2020 (permalink)

An old postcard gifted to me by friends in Wales.  Undated.
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"Underneath, the feeling that it will soon be over."  From Presbyterian College's 1969 yearbook.
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May 28, 2020 (permalink)

Rain always looks like this to those with slow metabolisms.  Also note that he has a cat's eye.  Cats can slow time, which is how they're able to catch mice at seeming lightning speed from the observer's perspective.  From American's 1985 yearbook.
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INSTRUCTIONS: Click to "Say Cheese." From Concordia's 1977 yearbook.

From Concordia's 1977 yearbook
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The sign says, "Flight insurance for this elevator on sale in the lobby."  With insurance costs what they are nowadays, if the elevator just keeps on going, one has no recourse.  From Presbyterian College's 1969 yearbook.
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From Lasell's 1960 yearbook.
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May 27, 2020 (permalink)

Time-bending -- can you believe this photo begins a 1976 yearbook?  It's true, and it's beautiful evidence of how yearbooks are compact time travel devices.  From Lakeview College of Nursing's 1976 yearbook.
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Fashions have changed so much since the 1950s.  From West Georgia's 1957 yearbook.
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May 26, 2020 (permalink)

postcard from our personal archives.
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May 25, 2020 (permalink)

From Anderson College's 1969 yearbook.
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From Duke's 1975 yearbook.
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May 24, 2020 (permalink)

Sometimes kittens are looking directly at you through the gauze of time.  From Salem College's 1977 yearbook.
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May 23, 2020 (permalink)

From The Link, 1970.
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We analyzed this photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app, and this gentleman is indeed conversing with the immaterial realm.  From Salem's 1946 yearbook.
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May 22, 2020 (permalink)

Wondering whether the figure in this photo might be a ghost or entity not of this earth, we enlarged its face and ran it through our custom Uncanny Detector app.  See if you don't agree that our instinct might have paid off.
From American University's 1963 yearbook.
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