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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

 

  • THE HUMBER MONSTER
  • CRYPTOZOOLOGISTS UNRESPECTED
  • MUTO - A REALLY BIZARRE CREATURE
  • BIGFOOT AND INTELLIGENCE
  • WALGREN LAKE MONSTER
  • SHORE LADDIE
  • MYSTERY OF ECHIDNA'S PENIS
  • WILL HUMANS LEARN TO SPEAK WHALE?
  • GIANT SEAGULL OF CAMBRIDGE
  • MOTHMAN ACCOUNTS
  • FAIRY SIGHTING IN KENTUCKY
  • NEW TREE DISCOVERED
  • STATIC HUMANOID IN CANADA
  • DON THE TALKING DOG
  • BIGFOOT PHOTO FROM 1894
  • BIGFOOT LANGUAGE
  • THE PACK - TIGERS AND GERMAN SHEPHERDS
  • BIGFOOT AT BLUFF CREEK
  • WAKMANGGANCHI ARAGONDI
  • MAN'S SEARCH FOR BIGFOOT
  • DENISOVANS - THEIR APPEARANCE
  • ARE THEREREALLY ALIENS IN AREA 51?
  • MANATEES IN DIFFICULTY
  • WHAT WAS THIS POLE-LIKE THING?
  • THERMAL AND CAMERA SHOTS
  • ON THE TRACK #132
  • 5 SAN ANDREAS BELIEFS
  • INDIAN LEGENDS OF THE INTERIOR PLATEAU
  • CHILLING CRYPTID ENCOUNTERS
  • MAN SWALLOWED BY WHALE
  • BIGFOOT IN SOUTH CAROLINA
  • BIGFOOT 1902 ENCOUNTER
  • BIZARRE CREATURE IN COSTA RICA
  • REPTILIAN ALIEN ABDUCTION
  • HONEY ISLAND SWAMP MONSTER
  • ODD UFOs IN FLORIDA
  • WHITE CRAWLER IN WAUPUN
  • WOLF LITTER IN COLORADO
  • CORSO AND DEAD ALIEN
  • AMERICA'S CRYPTIDS
  • WORLD'S LARGEST TURTLE COMES ASHORE
  • BIG CAT SIGHTINGS IN BRITAIN
  • LEVERETT ANIMAL IN 19th CENTURY
  • DRAGON IN FOLKLORE AND LEGEND
  • PTERODACTYL SIGHTINGS
  • WEST INDIAN LEGENDARY FISH
  • DANGEROUS MERMAID
  • GREAT APES AND TOURISM
  • SALMON ENDANGERED IN WESTERN U.S.
  • WINGED HUMANOID (ANOTHER SIGHTING!) IN CHICAGO
  • TALL PALE HUMANOIDS
  • HROKKALL - LEGENDARY CREATURE OF ICELAND
  • ALTAMAHA-HA
  • WAS INDRID COLD AN ALIEN?
  • THE DARK WATCHERS
  • THE WILD MAN OF OHIO
  • PHANTOM HORSE OF GREENSBORO
  • THE ORIGIN OF GOATS
  • FOREST COUNTY BIGFOOT FESTIVAL
  • "CAPTIVE SASQUATCH" IN CRATE
  • REVIEW OF "BIGFOOT IN MAINE"
  • THE TOM THUMB STORY
  • MANDE BURUNG
  • CORDERING COUGAR
  • THE HAWLEY HIM AND THE CADDO CRITTER
  • BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS ALL ALONG FREEWAY
  • REVIVED AFTER 24,000 YEARS IN PERMAFROST
  • HUGE BLACK HOLES
  • REPTILIAN ABDUCTION
  • BIGFOOT RAIDS DEADWOOD
  • MAN IN BLACK IN BEDROOM
  • FENG-HUANG
  • INTERNET PROBLEMS
  • WENDIGO ENCOUNTER?
  • A VERY STRANGE EXPERIENCE
  • FAIRY MISTAKEN FOR INSECT
  • WHAT WAS THE QIQUE IN REALITY - IF ANYTHING?
  • BIGFOOT SIGHTING IN PENOBSCOT
  • BIZARRE ENTITY ENCOUNTERS
  • Monday, June 14, 2021

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday

    I was up far too late last night finishing a book called Exotic Aliens by Valmik Thapar et al. It presents a very cogent argument that neither the lion or the cheetah is actually native to India, and that both were introduced from Africa at various points during relatively recent history. Relatively recent meaning a couple of thousand years in the case of the lion and less than 1000 in the case of the cheetah. It does not say that the Asian lion has never existed, only that the depleted population in the forest of Gir is a genetic mish-mash of Asian lion and African lion genes.
    However, in 2017 lion genetics were re-written so that P. l. leo (Linnaeus, 1758) − the nominate lion subspecies includes the Asiatic lion, the regionally extinct Barbary lion, and lion populations in West and northern parts of Central Africa. Synonyms include P. l. persica (Meyer, 1826), P. l. senegalensis (Meyer, 1826), P. l. kamptzi (Matschie, 1900), and P. l. azandica (Allen, 1924). Multiple authors referred to it as 'northern lion' and 'northern subspecies'.
    And so it doesn’t really matter anymore, but it is very interesting.
    The latest episode of On the Track went up on Saturday and we are very proud of it. And so we have another jolly good episode for you featuring:
    - A comedy frog prevents us from being done for libel
    - The return of Mr Wayne Lovejuice
    - We return to the ongoing debate about cheetahs in India
    - the Humber river monster
    - An apology for my internet
    - Doug Hajicek interview
    - Doug explains how he started being interested in cryptozoology
    - Doug talks about his early bigfoot experiences
    So, if you want to attend a visual entertainment consisting of hard science and a smattering of weird shit, interspersed with us dicking about in an increasingly surreal manner, check the latest episode out:
    And here we have another shameless plug:
    My book ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
    C’mon, make a curmudgeonly old bugger happy.
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
    Gonzo Weekly #447/8
    THE GARDENING ISSUE
    This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as The Gardening Club,Pandemic stories, 4th Eden, Steve Davis' new band, Wino Tyrone, The Nicewun JM, Mark Thomas and much more...
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    ..And the last few issues are:
    Issue 447-8 (Gardening Club)
    This alphqanumeric issue disappearede into the aether
    Issue 443-4 (Rubber chicken)
    Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 439-40 (Prince Phillip)
    Issue 437-8 (Yes)
    Issue 435-36 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 433-34 (Freda Payne)
    Issue 431-32 (Kosheen)
    Issue 429-30 (Ocean Aid)
    Issue 427-8 (2021 ia Bosch)
    Issue 425-6 (Paul McCartney)
    Issue 423-4 (KLF)
    Issue 421-22 (Christmas)
    Issue 419-20 (John Lennon)
    Issue 417-8 (gIG)
    Issue 415-16 (Phideaux)
    Issue 413-14 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 411-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    Issue 409-10 (Covid)
    All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
    You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
    SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
    * The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
    * The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
    * Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is a recently widowed old hippy of 61 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    BIG CAT ROUND UP

     

    The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.  The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday

     ON THIS DAY IN - 1789 - Captain William Bligh of the HMS Bounty arrived in Timor in a small boat.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • BBC: Elephants wander through Chinese cities
  • Unlikely animals in Kansas

  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

    Doug Hajicek interview; Humber River Monster; More on those Indian cheetahs (OTT#132)

    THE HENS WILL BE HOPPING WHILST THE OTHERS ARE SHOPPING

     The Gonzo Daily: Sunday

    Graham is away visiting family, and Carl is looking after me. Yesterday I had a visit from a nice bunch of lads from a company making a big cat documentary for Amazon Prime. They interviewed me, and Archie made friends with them all, and spend the duration of the interview sat on my lap looking adorable. One would never believe what a naughty boy he can be, and often is.
    The latest episode of On the Track went up on Saturday and we are very proud of it. And so we have another jolly good episode for you featuring:
    - A comedy frog prevents us from being done for libel
    - The return of Mr Wayne Lovejuice
    - We return to the ongoing debate about cheetahs in India
    - the Humber river monster
    - An apology for my internet
    - Doug Hajicek interview
    - Doug explains how he started being interested in cryptozoology
    - Doug talks about his early bigfoot experiences
    So, if you want to attend a visual entertainment consisting of hard science and a smattering of weird shit, interspersed with us dicking about in an increasingly surreal manner, check the latest episode out:
    And here we have another shameless plug:
    My book ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
    C’mon, make a curmudgeonly old bugger happy.
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
    Gonzo Weekly #447/8
    THE GARDENING ISSUE
    This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as The Gardening Club,Pandemic stories, 4th Eden, Steve Davis' new band, Wino Tyrone, The Nicewun JM, Mark Thomas and much more...
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    ..And the last few issues are:
    Issue 447-8 (Gardening Club)
    This alphqanumeric issue disappearede into the aether
    Issue 443-4 (Rubber chicken)
    Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 439-40 (Prince Phillip)
    Issue 437-8 (Yes)
    Issue 435-36 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 433-34 (Freda Payne)
    Issue 431-32 (Kosheen)
    Issue 429-30 (Ocean Aid)
    Issue 427-8 (2021 ia Bosch)
    Issue 425-6 (Paul McCartney)
    Issue 423-4 (KLF)
    Issue 421-22 (Christmas)
    Issue 419-20 (John Lennon)
    Issue 417-8 (gIG)
    Issue 415-16 (Phideaux)
    Issue 413-14 (Rick Wakeman)
    Issue 411-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    Issue 409-10 (Covid)
    All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
    You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
    SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
    * The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
    * The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
    * Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is a recently widowed old hippy of 61 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?