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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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


On this day in 1637 tulip mania collapsed in the Netherlands by government order. At its peek the insane demand for tulips meant that a contract could change hands for 10 times the wage of a skilled craftsman. Nearly 500 years later and people are still making the same mistakes. Mike Dash’s book on the subject, Tulipomania, comes highly recommended: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tulipomania-Mike-Dash/dp/0753827999/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265144866&sr=8-6

And now, the Fortean zoology news:

NZ Girl Fights Off Shark With Body Board
Bull gores 12-year-old 'torero'
Do Herbie's tree rings hold secrets?
Polish scientists say 3 Neanderthal teeth found
X-ray reveals rubber duck inside terrier 18 months...
Chinese lanterns pose danger to livestock, NFU says
Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home

Q: Why did the cat get a job in the police?

A: He always wanted to work in ‘claw’ enforcement.