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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We Are All Snowflakes

December 20, 2021 (permalink)

Symbol from the tomb of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, 405-450 A.D.  From Saint Mary's 1963 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #snowflake
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May 25, 2021 (permalink)

Like snowflakes, no two UFOs are exactly alike.  "UFOs, snow -- Strange things happening."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1973.
#ufo #snow #vintage headline
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July 15, 2020 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

See our design on a greeting card.
#constellation #big dipper #stars #snowflakes
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January 28, 2020 (permalink)

Even soldiers are snowflakes.  From Infantry magazine, 1980.
#vintage magazine #snowflake
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July 31, 2019 (permalink)

Sometimes ghostly orbs are mistaken for snowflakes.  Just as we are all snowflakes, no two orbs identical.  From Sweet Briar's 2007 yearbook.
#vintage photo #snow #winter #night photography #orbs
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May 9, 2019 (permalink)

You knew that today's college students are all snowflakes, but back in the 70s, it was the faculty who were snowflakes.  From Longwood's 1972 yearbook.
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February 11, 2016 (permalink)

Before comedian Lewis Black said that "We are all like snowflakes," Gershom Scholem noted that "We are snowflakes with a bit more distinction" (1915).
#we are all snowflakes #lewis black #steampunk #no two alike
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December 21, 2015 (permalink)

#vintage illustration #snowflakes #ice crystals #art
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April 26, 2015 (permalink)

"You are my very lost, precious 'Snowflake.'"  From Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.  But as comedian Lewis Black reminds us, "We are all like snowflakes."
#vintage illustration #we are all snowflakes
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July 4, 2013 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

Inspired by and for Jeff Hawkins.  The caption reads: "As early as the 16th century, many eminent people correctly believed that the tip of the iceberg is made of lettuce.  Fun fact: Like snowflakes, no two croutons are alike."
#vintage illustration #humor #tip of the iceberg #walrus #fun fact
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June 7, 2011 (permalink)


"We are all like snowflakes."
—comedian Lewis Black


"Snow is a faked cleanliness."


"We are all unclean, or rather we are all unclean persons."
—Samuel Trickett
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January 4, 2010 (permalink)

by kaw209

Drifting on air without a care
Purple snowflakes
Cover the ground without a sound

—Marvin Gaye, Purple Snowflakes, 1964

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December 1, 2009 (permalink)

"No two melted snowflakes are different." —Gerald Creede

(Thanks, Gary!)

Photo by Jenny Downing.
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November 21, 2009 (permalink)

"We are all like snowflakes."
—comedian Lewis Black

Photo source.
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April 3, 2009 (permalink)

"Snowflake symbolizes boy's concern about absent family."
"We are all like snowflakes."
—comedian Lewis Black

Image via Social Fiction.
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March 13, 2009 (permalink)

"We are all like snowflakes."
—comedian Lewis Black

First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914.  More information.
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January 21, 2009 (permalink)

"We are all like cornflakes."
—Jeff of Omegaword, spoofing Lewis Black's "We are all like snowflakes."  See our snowflake finds: one, two, three, four.

"Corn stalks in the snow" by matneym.
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January 20, 2009 (permalink)

"We are all like snowflakes."
—comedian Lewis Black

(This snowflake is "The Love of Icarus" by Rodney Leong, incorporating 20,664 plastic collar stays.  Read more here.  Thank you, m0ddie!)
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September 20, 2008 (permalink)

"We are all like snowflakes."
—comedian Lewis Black

Image source.  Via ffffound.
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