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Thursday, April 23, 2009


Have you noticed the latest rather peculiar trend in global fortean zoology?

It has always been something that has intrigued forteans, that weird stuff seems to form odd patterns of reality. I have been following these trends for years, but with the CFZ publications coming out quarterly at best it has not been as easy to document them as it is now we are doing what is basically a daily cryptomagazine it is easier to notice and to document these trends.

What they mean, if indeed they mean anything, I have no idea, and it is up to worthier toilers in the fortean vinyard than my humble self to try and extrapolate something of use from all this data.

However, the latest teratological trend seems to be multiple noses. In the past few weeks we have had bunny rabbits, various dogs and now an Israeli calf all with an extra schnozzle.

There is a cosmic intelligence behind the omniverse, and it is a cosmic intelligence with a particularly childish sense of humour, because this new trenche of oddities is obviously based on the crappy old music-hall joke about someone's dog having no nose. (How does it smell? Horrible!)

Karl Shuker was talking about dog deities the other week. I think we have come up with evidence that proves that his descrip[tions of Ancient Egyptian tenets of belief are spot on. In fact the Ancient Eqyptians were spot on. The Great Architect of the multiverse is obviously Basil Brush!

Boom Boom!!

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

The "Andean double-nosed tiger hound" is a village dog found in the Bolivian Amazon. These dogs are believed to derive from Spanish dogs that were brought there either by conquistadors or during the colonial period.

The Spanish have a pointer that sometimes has a double nose called Pachon Navarro. The Portuguese Pointers and the German shorthaired pointers (Kurzhaar) sometimes have this double-nosed trait.

The Turkish pointer or Çatalburun is actually bred for this trait.

It's possible that the Spanish brought these dogs to South America, where they interbred with various Native and imported dogs.

I don't know whether any analysis of the two Andean tiger hounds' DNA connected them to these European pointers. We often see similar traits pop up in unrelated strains of dog. For example, pugs look like small mastiffs, but they aren't related to mastiffs at all. They are actually a close relative of the pekingese and the shih tzu.