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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June 16, 2020 (permalink)

From Atlantic Christian's 1981 yearbook.  See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #vintage yearbook
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March 10, 2020 (permalink)

We're honored that our Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound had Ashley Saltykova in stitches.  Great old sewing machine and devilishly delicious-looking "tea"!
#unicorn #vintage
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March 8, 2020 (permalink)

We thank Amalthæ, author of La Quête de la Licorne, for saying that our See Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound is "a pleasant book to read. ... The illustrations, imitating engravings, are well done. ... I highly recommend it!"
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March 4, 2020 (permalink)

Yeah, we've been to that door.  It was locked.  From Unknown, 1942.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #surrealism #door
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February 1, 2020 (permalink)

What the elk?  Ten whole years ago, London recording artist Fear of Tigers asked for permission to create an audio version of our popular Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.  Equipped with carte blanche contracts and hundreds of sound bites, Fear of Tigers led us down the garden path for an entire decade, only suddenly to release an album with a different horned animal on the cover.  Again, we ask, "What the elk?"  Perhaps, knowing that we uncovered the secrets to How to Be Your Own Cat, Fear of Tigers literally did fear us transforming into one.  Luckily, we're not at all bitter, because in the meantime we were blessed with two spectacular soundtracks of our book by even more accomplished bands: one by the remarkable Cuddlebot and one by the extraordinary Wolfgun.  It all goes to prove that artists with integrity are not quite as elusive as the legendary unicorn, after all.

#elk #fear of tigers
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December 24, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1939.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #rooster #cock
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November 28, 2019 (permalink)

"... and the anger wells up inside because finally someone had the guts to say — I'm different!"
From Catawba's 1973 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #unicorn man
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November 17, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a nearly-lost gardening tip: never plant any test seeds within cryptozoological migration paths.  As Edith Sitwell put it, "And the gardener plants his seedsman's samples / Where no unicorn-herd tramples" ("Green Geese," in the poetry magazine Wheels, 1921).
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September 10, 2019 (permalink)

This just in from tech wizard Gordon Meyer:

"Taken in Bavaria’s Black Forest, I put the Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound in practice."

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September 7, 2019 (permalink)

The unicorn.  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916.  See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
#vintage illustration #fairy tale #unicorn
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August 31, 2019 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
#vintage illustration #eagle #mountaintop #unicorn #bear #rooster #national animals
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July 5, 2019 (permalink)

We're delighted that Cuddlebot's album, A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound(track), is now available (at cost, $5) in CD format over at Amazon, as well as digitally (for free) via Bandcamp and CD Baby.  For the complete experience (almost, but not quite overwhelming), pair the album with the book A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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July 1, 2019 (permalink)

A carefully gathered snowball is like a library of unicorn sounds stored on crystalline shelves?  Two proofs: A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound as well as the soundtrack version.  Our illustration is courtesy of Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook.

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June 13, 2019 (permalink)

Belated thanks to blogger Brizdaz (Darren) in Australia for writing about our Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound:

"I have to say first off that I have had no interest in unicorns, until I came across this book."

Meanwhile, there a thrilling new soundtrack to the field guide by the Seattle band Cuddlebot.

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June 11, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.  See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #vintage fashion #vintage hair
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June 3, 2019 (permalink)

Free download: a musical version of our field guide to identifying unicorns by sound, by the Seattle band Cuddlebot.  It's like the baroque majesty of Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade, recorded in the field.  We're tickled and honored to have inspired this beguiling sonic masterpiece.  Physical copies of the original field guide do exist!  A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.

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April 19, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1923.   See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art
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April 2, 2019 (permalink)

We discovered this secret to hearing unicorns when we found a key to a locked library during an urbex exploration of a ruined wizard's manor.
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February 25, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1931.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #lion #lion and unicorn
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January 28, 2019 (permalink)

From Fliegende Blätter, 1944.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #fear of medicine
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