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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March 3, 2020 (permalink)

Before "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" (2003), there was Mexico's mysterious triangle of silence,  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1982.
#mysterious #triangle #mexico #vintage headline #zone of silence
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February 27, 2020 (permalink)

This hungry cheese is a precursor to Pacman.  From Nebelspalter, 1935.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cheese #pacman
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February 25, 2020 (permalink)

A yin-yang crater on the moon, from Montclair's 1969 yearbook.  (Surely this predates photography of Saturn's moon Iapetus, which also has a yin-yang crater.)  
#moon #yin yang #crater
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February 15, 2020 (permalink)

Wookie tracks (like Bigfoot) and flying saucers perplex the Vaders, years before the debut of Star Wars.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1971.
#star wars #vintage headline #darth vader
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February 11, 2020 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  From Nebelspalter, 1937.
#vintage illustration #rabbit #hunter #tables turned #monty python #killer rabbit
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Before the invention of the cell phone, people had to watch very tiny movies on other devices.  From Taylor's 1975 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #television #tiny tv
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February 3, 2020 (permalink)

Before the invention of the cell phone, people had to isolate themselves in different ways.  From Kent State's 1982 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #isolation
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February 2, 2020 (permalink)

Before cell phones, people had to isolate themselves in different ways.  From Santa Clara's 1979 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #isolation
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January 31, 2020 (permalink)

Over three decades before the "flower children" and "flower power" political movement, there were these flower people.  From Nebelspalter, 1932.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #flower people #flower power #flower children #hippies
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January 29, 2020 (permalink)

Before android "replicants" were opening fire, there were "replicas."  From Startling Stories, 1951.
#vintage illustration #gun #replicant
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January 22, 2020 (permalink)

Ten years before the Pac-Man arcade game was developed, here's one of the ghosts.  From Morris Harvey's 1969 yearbook.
#vintage photo #pac-man #vintage yearbook #pac-man ghost
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January 17, 2020 (permalink)

Before the rivals of Madonna,* there was The Rivals of Madonna
*Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson, Belinda Carlisle, and Whitney Houston are the most-often cited rivals of Madonna.
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January 15, 2020 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the video game Tokyo Jungle, in which animals inherit the Earth.  From Weird Tales, 1946.
#vintage illustration #vintage magazine
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January 13, 2020 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Obi Wan deactivating the tractor beam on the Death Star to help Princess Leia escape (nearly a quarter century before Star Wars debuted).  From Super Science Stories, 1951.
#vintage illustration #star wars #death star
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January 12, 2020 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to robot priests, like this one who runs a 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, and this one in Germany that bestows blessings in five languages.
From La Colotte, 1908.
#religion #vintage illustration #robot #robot priest
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January 9, 2020 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to overlaying album covers and photos onto other scenes.  From La Colotte, 1907.
#religion #vintage illustration #overlay
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January 5, 2020 (permalink)

Did Billy Idol foresee Uber Eats 31 years in advance of its debut?  Of course he did!  In the bridge of 1983's "Rebel Yell," Idol sings:
He lives in his own heaven
Collects it to go from the 7-11
Well he's out all night to collect a fare
Just so long, just so long it don't mess up his hair
#billy idol #uber eats #takeout
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January 4, 2020 (permalink)

The invention of the insta-print camera (with self-developing film) is credited to Edwin Land in 1948.  But you knew we'd find a precursor, and here's one from 1932.  From Nebelspalter, 1932.
#vintage illustration #giant #photography #camera #instant camera #self-developing #polaroid
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January 1, 2020 (permalink)

No one needs to be told that this is a precursor to the crew of the Falcon at the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars.  From Planet Stories, Fall 1943.
#vintage illustration #science fiction #star wars
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"You're not the first one to develop a bug powder problem" (the film adaptation of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch).  From Nebelspalter, 1933.
#vintage illustration #exterminator #insecticide #bug spray #bug powder
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