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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Thursday, July 08, 2010


Most of you will, I am sure, have seen the (very) faked picture of an Iraqui camel spider which did the rounds of what I refuse to call `teh internets` back just after the Iraq war. The interesting thing is how many people believe it. My brother, for example, (an Army Chaplain with the serving rank of Major) gave his son Christopher one that had been set in a block of resin for a Christmas present, and completely believed how big they got.

Now they are making it to the big screen. `Rich` (not Richie West, but a dude from Tulsa) wrote to the bloggo yesterday:

"I'm not sure how to e-mail CFZ's blogging: I wante... I'm not sure how to e-mail CFZ's blogging: I wanted to pass the word about something interesting I found out about."

and he attached this link

My life is complete. A war/horror movie set in Iraq, and featuring huge camel spiders. Like I said in the heading, it doesn't get much better than this...

1 comment:

wes lifford said...

This is a real picture in fact. It is not a picture of 1 camel spider, but in fact 2 camel spiders. If you look closely you can see the one on the bottom is biting the one on the top in the rear of its body. Also the camera is playing a optical illusion on the size of them making them look bigger than they really are. You see the first soldiers legs and feet in the background and you base size on this. If you look to the right you can see the sleeve of the other soldier that is holding them up a lot closer to the camera than what it appears to be. NOT FAKE...REAL PICTURE!!!!! CHECK YOUR FACTS!!!