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, August 07, 2009


"Yes! Welcome to Friswell's Freaky Features, an ongoing spot on the CFZ blog page where you will encounter the fun, the freaky, the frightening and on occasion, the downright horrifying.

Many of these items are from almost forgotten archives and no doubt should, in many cases, have stayed forgotten....

In my book, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is a serious contender for the best horror movie ever made. It's documentary emphasis, awesome soundtrack and surprising subtlety invest it with a sensibility and a verite-style verisimilitude unlike any other film.

Those who have seen it will be familiar with the dead armadillo on the road at the start of the film. Art director Bob Burns originally found the armadillo dead at the side of the highway, and took it home with him, lovingly restoring it to it's former glory with taxidermy techniques.

But I bet even Burns would have been taken aback by this armadillo farm, which utilised the animals in ways that would have even given old Leatherface himself a few ideas....


Syd said...

I want one as a pet.

Syd said...

I want one of them - as a pet of course, not a lampshade.

Retrieverman said...

What I find interesting about the nine-banded armadillo is how far north it can live, even in the really cold parts of the Midwestern US.

In fact, it is continuing to expand its range north and east of where it currently lives.

This map shows its current range in red and its potential range in pink: