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 OneLetterWords.com.
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December 6, 2019 (permalink)

A friend visiting England spotted a physical manifestation of branching parallel universes in the Churchill War Rooms.  Both doors were locked, so he remained in this timeline.
#alternate reality #parallel universe #doors #alternate universe
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December 3, 2019 (permalink)

"Natural beauty replaced by many extremes."  From Clarion Call, 1963.
#vintage headline #beauty
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November 29, 2019 (permalink)

Unmasking a hitherto unexamined yet deeply complex theme in a classic sitcom, so that fans, old and new, may see the series in an entirely different and more intriguing light.  It's our 19-minute documentary entitled Marooned Gray Areas of Identity on Gilligan's Island.
#gilligan's island #video
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November 22, 2019 (permalink)

Revealed -- a bookworm is the larval stage of a dragon.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1946.
#vintage illustration #dragon #bookworm
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November 21, 2019 (permalink)


The phrase "Humpty Dumpty's beard" is a Googlewhack.
Illustration from The Lewis Carroll Society of North America's Knight Letter, 2008.
#alice in wonderland #humpty dumpty #egg
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November 15, 2019 (permalink)

From Swarthmore's 2004 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #apathy #today #cancelled #lack of interest #sign
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November 10, 2019 (permalink)

Meet your devils.  From Stoutiana, 1916.
#devil #vintage headline
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All mustaches are connected to form a worldwide network fostering fellowship and communicating helpful tips.  From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
#vintage illustration #art #mustache
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November 5, 2019 (permalink)

This is merely to confirm that castles in the air may form indoors, too.  From Toronto's 1926 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #castle in the air
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November 1, 2019 (permalink)

All the world's great towers are actually part of an elaborate amusement park that can be seen only macroscopically.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1940.
#vintage illustration #amusement park #eiffel tower #ferris wheel #towers
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October 29, 2019 (permalink)

We always enjoy stumbling upon news of haunted forests suddenly appearing.  We can confirm that haunted forests can, according to our metabolism of time, seem to blink in and out of existence.  From La Vie (Lebanon Valley), 1997.
#haunted forest #vintage headline #weird news
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October 27, 2019 (permalink)

Wolf howls -- a headline from The [Joliet] Blazer, 1963.
#wolf #howling #vintage headline
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October 23, 2019 (permalink)

"Our teeth prove creation."  From Awake magazine, 1958.
#vintage illustration #teeth #vintage headline #creationism
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October 19, 2019 (permalink)

Though L. Frank Baum himself said that he derived the wizardly name Oz from a filing cabinet labeled "O-Z," we know that the letters M and N are at the middle of the alphabet, not O.  The secret answer is that just beyond the corner of Dorothy's Kansas lie the Ozark mountains, and the arc of the "Oz ark" is a rainbow.

#wizard of oz
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October 18, 2019 (permalink)

"Hotel plans ballroom on springs."  From Popular Mechanics, 1914.
#vintage headline
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October 16, 2019 (permalink)

An atom that looks like a potato?  We found but a single item on the web that corroborates this:  "Carbon atoms are potatoes, oxygen atoms are red peppers and hydrogen atoms are decaf tea bags."  From Northeastern's 1931 yearbook.

#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #potato #chemistry #atom
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October 11, 2019 (permalink)

Satan's Invisible World Displayed by William Thomas Stead, 1897.
#vintage illustration #satan #art #invisible world
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September 27, 2019 (permalink)

Demons technically couldn’t have invented jazz, since jazz has never existed (Stephen Longstreet, The Real Jazz, Old and New, 1969).  (Demon headline via Yesterday's Print.)
#demon #vintage headline #jazz
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September 26, 2019 (permalink)

Nearly forgotten today -- the chemical composition of a halo.  From Johns Hopkins' 1895 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #halo #chemistry
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You know of "secondhand smoke," but what's rarely acknowledged is that the second hand is one's shadow's.  From Northeastern's 1925 yearbook. 
#vintage illustration #smoking #shadow #vintage yearbook #golf #smoker #secondhand smoke
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