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, 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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August 16, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from Belle and the Dragon by Arthur Edward Waite (1894).

August 15, 2014 (permalink)

We're reminded that "The first thing to keep in mind about finding the right coat is that coat styling goes through phases" (Allison Kyle Leopold & Anne Marie Cloutier, Short Chic, 1984).

Our illustration is from The Captive of Pekin by Charles Hannan, 1897.  The caption reads, "Yet again he threw the coat."

Here's a seance from Roughing It by Mark Twain.

An illustration from Two Girls on a Barge by Cecil Cotes (1891).  The caption reads: "The awful black goat."

An 1895 illustration from the Irish fairy legend of Daniel O'Rourke.  The caption reads: "'Good morning to you, Daniel O'Rourke,' said he."

August 14, 2014 (permalink)

The "eye of the tiger" is in actuality a bullseye. Our illustration is by F. Opper, from Bill Nye's History of the United States (1894).

"Who-hoop!": an illustration from Handley Cross; or, Mr. Jorrocks's Hunt by Robert Smith Surtees (1892).

August 13, 2014 (permalink)

"It seemed to cling to the wall, then to spread over it," from Ghostly Tales by Wilhelmina Fitzclarence, 1896.

"As she did this a bright flash, blinding as lightning, shot through the chamber."  From The Eye of Istar by William Le Queux, 1897.

An illustration from Sing Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1893).

August 12, 2014 (permalink)

"Female medium between the living and the dead," from Social Life of the Chinese by Justus Doolittle, 1867.

An illustration from The Marvellous Adventures of Sir John Maundevile by Sir John Mandeville (1895).  The caption reads: "The knight saw her in that form so hideous."

An illustration from Ghostly Tales by Wilhelmina Fitzclarence (1896).  The caption reads: "My name is—Satan!"

August 11, 2014 (permalink)

From Danmarks, Norges og Sverigs Historie by Niels Bache, 1867.

From Folk Songs edited by John Williamson Palmer, 1867.

"Third trip of the unabridged [dictionary, pictured flying through the air]," from Roughing It by Mark Twain.

An illustration from Bill Nye's History of the United States (1894).  The caption reads: "The more I regret that I was not born a foreigner."

An illustration from Phantastes:  A Ffaerie Romance by George MacDonald (1894).  The caption reads: "I saw the strangest figure."

August 10, 2014 (permalink)

"The Piasa": an illustration from Mr. Eagle's U.S.A. as Seen in a Buggy Ride of 1400 Miles from Illinois to Boston by John Livingston  Wright (1898).

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