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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April 19, 2020 (permalink)

You knew about "the cat and the fiddle," but did you know it was a hostile takeover?
From The Film Daily, 1934.
#cat #vintage photo #violin #fiddle #cat and the fiddle #hey diddle diddle
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April 17, 2020 (permalink)

There's only one Google result for "allergic to shrouds."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1999.
#googlewhack #allergies #vintage headline #pollen #shroud of turin
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April 15, 2020 (permalink)

"They're having Night and Day at the same time in 250 cities!"  From The Film Daily, 1946.
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #night and day #city
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"Bigfoot discovered out picking violets."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1996.
#bigfoot #vintage headline
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April 12, 2020 (permalink)

In 1992, the Wall Street Journal had the audacity to proclaim that it didn't mean to give any ideas to people living on the Potomac.  As Vic Reeves would say, that’s quite a boast!  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1993.
#vic reeves #vintage headline
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April 11, 2020 (permalink)

"The night we saw a flying chandelier" reminds of that time in Gadsden, Alabama when we encountered some anchored Moroccan lanterns.
#ufo #moroccan light #vintage headline
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April 10, 2020 (permalink)

"Bachelors enjoy lifestyle."  From Butler's 1987 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bachelor #vintage headline
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April 9, 2020 (permalink)

The apocalypse might be funnier that we were expecting.  Here are the Four Horsemen of Hilarity.  From The Film Daily, 1937.
#vintage illustration #horses #apocalypse #carousel #merry-go-round #four horsemen #vintage hollywood
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April 7, 2020 (permalink)

Blonds didn't have more fun a century ago.  From Hearst's, 1921.
#vintage ad #vintage headline #blond
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April 5, 2020 (permalink)

"Town can't explain light of its life."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1983.
#vintage illustration #ufo #vintage headline #strange lights
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April 3, 2020 (permalink)

"It was a beautiful thing and it was coming right down on Bismarck."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1970.
#ufo #vintage headline
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"Texts revered, persecuted in own peculiar life cycle" marked by "vacuumatic silence."  From the Brigham Young Universe newspaper, 1953. 

#vintage headline
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April 1, 2020 (permalink)

There is an "ephemeral New Zealand" in Tobias Conrad Lotter's 1762 map of the world.  "Now you see [New Zealand], now you don't."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1972.
#new zealand #vintage headline
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March 30, 2020 (permalink)

"Get set, Georgia; here 'it' comes!"  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1970.
#ufo #vintage headline #georgia
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March 29, 2020 (permalink)

History often neglects to mention that Lady Godiva suffered from crippling shyness.  (We would know: we're related to Lady Godiva — the barest branch of the family tree — on our maternal side.  You might be, too: see Heirs to the Queen of Hearts: Tracing Magical Genealogy.)  From The Film Daily, 1922.
#vintage illustration #horse #public nudity #lady godiva
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March 27, 2020 (permalink)

You've heard of the art crowd, but did you know they're color-by-number?  From The Art Crowd by Sophy Burnham, 1973.
#vintage illustration #vintage book #art #color by numbers
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March 20, 2020 (permalink)

Using goats to quiet babies -- a nearly forgotten technology.  From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
#vintage illustration #goat
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March 17, 2020 (permalink)

You've heard that a cow jumped over the moon, but what jumped over the cow?  A UFO, of course.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1982.
#ufo #cow #vintage headline
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March 16, 2020 (permalink)

"Terror of the UFO carrots," near where the house-size oranges whizzed by.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1988.
#ufo #carrot #vintage headline
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March 15, 2020 (permalink)

It's easy to assume that a space alien saying "Take me to your leader" is merely humorous, but it actually happened.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1971.
#ufo #vintage headline
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