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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Yesterday — October 16, 2019 (permalink)

As we've revealed on occasion, the glowing trees in old yearbooks constitute a far-reaching forest that has to this day eluded the study of arboriculturists.  From North Carolina Wesleyan's 1998 yearbook.
#forest #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #light and shadow #glowing tree
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October 15, 2019 (permalink)

This photo may be used to facilitate time travel or astral journeys.  From Seton Hall's 1969 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #light and shadow
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October 14, 2019 (permalink)

This haunted photo appears in the University of Rhode Island's yearbook of 1997.  Why are orbs so ghostly?  We explored the answer in the context of this other ghostly photo.
#vintage illustration #art #snow #winter #night photography #orbs
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October 13, 2019 (permalink)

"The absolute proof of life after death."  "Photograph of a materialized spirit face in formation, showing the unused viscous stuff called sctoplasm that issued from the medum 'Eva' to create these ghostlike forms.  Photographed by Dr. Geley of Paris."  From Hearst's International, 1921.
#vintage illustration #ghost #life after death #art #seance #spirit medium #ectoplasm
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October 10, 2019 (permalink)

From Lehigh's 1934 yearbook.
#silhouette #gothic #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tower
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Studying under a circuit breaker panel.  That's probably a bendy reading light on the table and not a wire coming out of the person's head, though the term "cyborg" was coined the year this photo was taken.  From Swarthmore's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #studying
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From Lehigh's 1934 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From Duke's yearbook of 1933.
#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography #duke university
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October 5, 2019 (permalink)

Reblog if, even without knowing exactly were this is, you've been there. From Bloomsburg 's 1980 yearbook.

#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #perspective #window #hallway
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October 4, 2019 (permalink)

On the way to airport, we couldn't resist popping into Universal Studios for a requisite crystal ball shot in our favorite shop of mystery.

#crystal ball #prof. oddfellow
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"Beware the Cornucopia; and fear knowing too much as you would the Devil!"  By Boris Dolgov for Weird Tales (1946).
#vintage illustration #devil #cornucopia
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October 3, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to perk up the mood of the group. From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.

From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903
#vintage illustration #art #animated gif #mood change
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In reflections, autumn trees may still have their leaves.  From the Chicago Circle yearbook of 1967.
#vintage photo #reflection #vintage yearbook #autumn #puddle #falling leaves
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October 2, 2019 (permalink)

We almost didn't notice the cat staring through the decades, at the bottom left of the photo.  It sees you through the mists of the time, and (in the enlargement) you can tell by the look on its face that it understands something about you that no one else does.  From Worcester Polytechnic's 1971 yearbook.
#cat #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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This photograph may be used to help get you on the other side of the emergency.  From the Boston State College yearbook of 1971.
#vintage photo #emergency exit
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October 1, 2019 (permalink)

We analyzed this photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app and confirmed our suspicion that a second full moon is glowing from within the building.  From Kent State's 1954 yearbook.
#full moon #vintage photo #night sky #vintage yearbook #night photography #interior moon
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This is the best hyena-based poem about moon-worms that we've encountered.  From General William Booth Enters Into Heaven, and Other Poems by Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1913.
#vintage illustration #moon #art #poetry #hyena
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September 30, 2019 (permalink)

From the University of Nebraska's 1974 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #costume
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September 27, 2019 (permalink)

This photograph may be used to trigger a flash of insight. From the Evansville yearbook of 1982.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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September 24, 2019 (permalink)

This photograph may be used for recalling a forgotten memory.  From Virginia Commonwealth University's 1970 yearbook.
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