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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February 13, 2022 (permalink)

"You may find it hard to believe, but the plants that produce both pistachio and cashew nuts are first cousins to ordinary poison ivy."
This is a Leaf by Ross E. Hutchins
#poison ivy
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February 11, 2022 (permalink)

Good news for some: it's OK to be bizarre if you're over 30.  From The Martlet, 1968.
#vintage headline #bizarre #eccentric #over 30
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"Witchcraft alive, well and practising."  From Gateway, 1982.  Here's how to check your work: The Pencil Witch.
#witch #witchcraft
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January 26, 2022 (permalink)

"Students mutate, grow fins, gills."  From The Gateway, 1979.
#vintage headline #mutation
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January 22, 2022 (permalink)

"Sheriff doubts that couple met talking bear."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1985.
#bear #vintage headline #talking bear
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January 19, 2022 (permalink)

"Snowballs in space are hot issue."  As above, so below: A Snowball's Chance in Hell.  Headline from UFO Newsclipping Service, 1998.
#comet #snowball #vintage headline
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January 18, 2022 (permalink)

From Toike Oike, 2003.
#vintage headline #fat man #slimming
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"Space aliens are coming, but don't serve chocolate."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1989.
#ufo #vintage headline #alien #chocolate
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January 9, 2022 (permalink)

From The Martlet, 1974.
#religion #vintage headline
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From the Innis Herald, 1978.
#cabbage #vintage headline #extraterrestrial
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January 5, 2022 (permalink)

"The Martians HAVE landed."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1986.
#ufo #vintage headline #martians
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"5 husbands lost to the vampire."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1975.
#vampire #vintage headline
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December 28, 2021 (permalink)

"Sad food causes fat."  From The Gateway, 1982.
#vintage headline #weight loss #fat
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December 27, 2021 (permalink)

"You may find it hard to believe, but rainy days pass just as quickly as sunny days."
Kindergarten Basics by Kate Kelly ad Anne Zeman
#rainy day
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December 26, 2021 (permalink)

Confirmed -- "Flocks of Canadian geese coupld cause nuclear warfare."  From The Gateway, 1982.
#war #geese #nuclear #vintage headline
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December 25, 2021 (permalink)

"You may find it hard to believe, but adults really do love homemade presents."
Look What I Did With a Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi
#gift giving #homemade
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"You may find it hard to believe that there was once a time when there were no suspenders."
Droodles by Roger Price
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"Santa Claus said he saw the legendary Big Foot."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1977.
#santa #bigfoot #sasquatch #vintage headline
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"Wasps to take bees."  From The Getaway, 1982.
#bee #vintage headline #wasp
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"UFOs take partners for Tennessee Waltz."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1973.
#ufo #vintage headline
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