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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Saturday, March 13, 2010

OUT-OF-PLACE: Japanese Kangaroos

Thanks to Richard Freeman for the link to this bizarre story!


MAX BLAKE: 'Chupacabra' footage

Maxy sent the link to this story on Paranormal magazine's website.


Hopefully Jon and Corinna will have as much luck with the blue dog in Texas....

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1781, Sir William Herschel discovered Uranus while in Bath. He had wanted to call the planet George, which is a perfectly good and sensible name for a planet, but the astronomer Johann Bode, who determined the orbit of Uranus had other ideas and was clearly oblivious to the fact that he was setting the world of astronomy up for some truly epic double entendre. In 1789 Herschel discovered a ring around Uranus (told you)…

Sometimes it’s better to just give something a sensible name like George and have done with it.

Incidentally, you’ll be seeing more on his son, Sir John Herschel in the next of my ‘Crypto Con’ articles.

And now, the news:

Pet high chair sits dogs at the dining table
PETA offers anti-meat trash cans for Colorado park...
Devotees of Fla. man say they ingested snail mucus...
Teacher killed by wolves in Alaska
Fears grow for some of Britain's rarest butterflie...
Pet death prompts axe-wielding outburst

It really would be remiss of me not to post this link: