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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Saturday, June 27, 2009

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

Right, by now most of you should know the drill: every Saturday on this bloglett I attempt to build up my part with Soundtrack Saturday. It doesn’t really work of course because nobody actually reads this preamble, as evidenced by the fact that not one person even tried to answer Thursday’s trivia question. Anyway, enough of that. Yesterday (although 2 days ago by the date this will have been uploaded) we witnessed the death of Michael Jackson. Whatever you think of him as a man it has to be mentioned that he sang some damn good songs. For my money the best of his songs was not Thriller but the often overlooked Smooth Criminal:
And now, the news:

Wildlife Faces Cancer Threat
Prairie dog of Bodmin
Thailand a hub for growing illegal ivory trade
France to face EU court over great hamster disappearance
Many sharks 'facing extinction'
More than 100 fish killed in pollution spill
Thousands of eggs seized in raid
Corncrake fights back from extinction
Legless frogs mystery solved

If I were a newt I’d be really worried right now about frogs encroaching on our similes….

1 comment:

Greatbeast said...

Regarding Michael Jackson, maybe the CFZ can do some anthropological digging into any other cases where ethnically Black individuals can sire seemingly ethnically White children, without mixture. And do it three times. Surely an astonishing record. Also, the CFZ can maybe look into Jackson's own curious "disease", in which a Black person slowly turn White, due to a seeming disappearance of melanin in their skin. Surely a troubling occurrence for anyone afflicted with it. And as Jackson, by his own admission, had very little plastic surgery, the strange malady he possessed where a normal African-American male gradually turned into something resembling a plastic pixie is surely deserving of scientific study.

Hopefully Jackson will not be buried or cremated, but, with the benefit of taxidermy, will rather end up in a museum somewhere. Pop's loss is surely Science's gain.