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, October 06, 2010

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today


On this day in 1849 Edgar Allan Poe, the American author and poet responsible for several classic horror and suspense stories and the creator of the detective story, died. The cause of Poe's death are unknown but it seemed to have involved some sort of delirium and people have speculated upon a number of possible scenarios including rabies, poisoning, alcoholism, hallucinogenic drug use or cooping (when people are forced to vote several times over for the same candidate in an election changing clothes each time and being plied with alcohol).

After Poe's death another mystery was soon to begin, where, since 1949, on the date of Poe's birth an unknown man toasted the memory of Poe with a bottle of Cognac and left three red roses on the author's original grave site. The original Poe Toaster, or at least a long running Poe Toaster died in 1999 and the duty was passed on to his son according to notes which were left with the toast. Since the torch was passed however the new Poe Toaster is thought to have shown poor respect for the tradition, often leaving banal notes about sporting events or with needlessly jingoistic content which had nothing to do with Poe and didn't even show up in 2010. One hopes that this fine tradition will be continued in the proper manner and if the new Poe Toaster doesn't much care for this tradition that he will pass it on to another person rather than just let it die out.
And now, the news:

Vampire fish to lipstick geckos among new species ...
Dracula fish, bald bird among strange new species
Scientists discover 200 new wildlife species in Pa...
Indiana Jones and the Sasquatch of Doom
In search of Nessie in Scotland

Miss a chance to post a vid of the Family Ness? Stuff and nonsense! Watching this show when I was about 6 is what first got me interested in monsters and cryptozoology in the first place and even after all these years the cartoon still holds up well. You'll notice lots of little visual gags in the background if you watch closely enough, like the car numberplate of the guy who spots the Nessies in this episode for example, too. At Weird Weekend Silas Hawkins was good enough to sign a copy of a Family Ness book I had on behalf of his late father Peter Hawkins who provided most of the voices for the show.
The Family Ness: Episode 1

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