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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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

RICHARD FREEMAN: The Monsters of Prague (Part Four)

The Vodníci of Charles Bridge
In Czech legend the Vodníci is a water spirit resembling a old man with green skin and with a beard like water weed. They are fond of drowning humans and eating them.

A coachman named Vincenc Sahul, who did not belive in the water sprite, once shouted out "Vodníci give me your skin to make a drum".

The engraged creature shouted back: "You country yokel with straw on your boots, you won't get my skin but I will have yours! You are dead at this very moment."

Shocked, the coachman said he was only joking and begged the Vodníci to spare him as he was about to be married. "You beg in vain; he who offends me receives a terrible punishment. If you have no headstone get one now." Then the water monster hauled the coachman, his coach and horses into the River Vltava where the coachman was drowned and eaten.

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