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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Today — November 22, 2019 (permalink)

The White Rabbit in a dress, from an all-female retelling of Alice in Wonderland from Agnes Scott College's 1914 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #alice in wonderland #vintage yearbook #rabbit
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Memories of college.  From the University of Nebraska's 1974 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vampire #dracula
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Whether this is a shattering of reality or a confluence of parallel universes, our custom Uncanny Detector App was indecisive.  From East Carolina's 1973 yearbook.
#bicycle #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #parallel universe
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From Colorado College's 1922 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook #giant book
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We assumed this was an underwater photo of a swimmer.  It turns out to be a realistic theatrical recreation of someone drowning.  From Fairmont's 1985 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #photography #drowning #art #vintage yearbook #swimming
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Yesterday — November 21, 2019 (permalink)

From Mansfield's 1933 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #castle #knight #crown #vintage yearbook #laurels
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From Swarthmore's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #vintage yearbook #tree
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November 20, 2019 (permalink)

Contrary to what titillating artists would have you believe, most mermaids have only human heads on otherwise fishy bodies.  From Littleton's 1907 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #mermaid #vintage yearbook #human headed
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From Washburn's 1918 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #camel #flying camel #winged camel
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Glue on their fingers … fingers in their hair.  From Bradley's 1943 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #glue
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From East Carolina's 1976 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #prediction #blindfolded #mentalist
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November 18, 2019 (permalink)

From Wake Forest's 1926 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #wolf #vintage yearbook #howling #howler
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From Barnard's yearbook of 1910.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #art #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society #hooded figure
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November 17, 2019 (permalink)

You've heard of "a fifth" of whiskey or other liquor.  Here's an easy way to picture it.  From Atlantic Christian's 1982 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #glassware #water goblet
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From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1892.
#vintage illustration #devil #hell #art #grindstone #nose to the grindstone
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From Tulane's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #animals #doctor #vintage yearbook
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November 16, 2019 (permalink)

"Kleptomania of time" remains a Googlewhack.
Jonathan wonders: "If procrastination is the thief of time, but time itself is guilty of kleptomania, then does that mean procrastination is one of those honorable thieves who steal only from other thieves?"
From Lenoir Rhyne's 1974 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #kleptomania
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Indianapolis College of Pharmacy's 1940 yearbook.
#skull #vintage yearbook
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From Colorado College's 1922 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
Adam wonders: "I wonder what the thread count is on the average sheet ghost... Sheet ghosts are lucky to be made of bedding. That means they can sleep anywhere... I wonder what time of the moaning the average sheet ghost gets up... Hmmm,,, I suppose they'd need a shapely ectoplasm to pull off wearing a fitted sheet... And why do sheet ghosts only wear white sheets? ... I wonder if sheet ghosts are treated like a minority.  What about hygiene?  Do they throw themselves in the wash or just stand out in the rain?"
#occult #vintage photo #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook
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From the 1917 Snitcher Yearbook of the State Normal & Industrial School, Ellendale ND.
#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #faces in things
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