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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Friday, July 17, 2009

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


Well, I’m off on a trip to the bright lights of Plymouth for a few days, but don’t panic as I’m sure Jon has somebody lined up to fill in for my absence so you’ll still get the links to the latest news at least and who knows, maybe even better quality puns. Before I go, though, it’s Friday and Friday means it’s time for your Friday fact:

Charles Hawtrey, of Carry On movie fame, set the world record for longest distance travelled by pogo stick without falling off in 1972. The distance he travelled was 8.921 KM and remains unbeaten to this day. Sadly Hawtrey went missing on the slopes of Mount Everest in 1988 when, at the age of 73, he attempted to set another daredevil pogo record by being the first man to pogo solo to the summit of Mount Everest. His large collection of brass bedsteads, which he had collected his entire life, were acquired by a national lottery grant in 2006 and form the nucleus of the world famous Charles Hawtrey memorial collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London along with a gold plated pogo stick that was donated to him by the Queen.

And now the news:

Final stage in red kite project
Orphaned albino wallaby needs a name
Do you own your cat or does your cat own you?
Schoolgirl nets 9ft monster fish
Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities
Arctic sea full of huge blobs of floating 'goo'
Serial penguin killer on the loose
Burmese pythons thrive in Florida Everglades
Watch the birdie
Three "killer" cougars killed near Canadian town
Reintroduced Chinese alligators now multiplying in the wild in China

Lets hope the species can make a snappy comeback.


C-E C said...

Maybe I'm about to show myself up as extremely slow and gullible, here, but Oll, are you making these facts up?


Jon Downes said...

well duh