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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Monday, May 24, 2010

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 785AD the Venerable Bede died. Bede wrote one of the earliest and most quoted books on early British and English history, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. There is nothing particularly unusual or strange about that, but the guy certainly deserves a mention for being the first chap to really research the history of Britain; without his efforts many of the accounts and documents he used in his study could have been lost forever by the present day and our understanding of history would be poorer because of it. The same can be said of Forteana and cryptozoology: if nobody goes out and collects witness statements or even folklore about strange happenings or unusual animals, when the original witness dies who is going to know their story? Even if that story is an embellishment of the facts or an outright tall tale it is often still worth hearing.

And now, the news:

Blue tits set up home in ashtray
Bigfoot Evidence in Minnesota
Psychic joins search for missing cat in Lincolnshire
Get your trunks out!
Surf's pup!
Down on the farm
Mammoth 'heating gas'

Bet they created a mammoth stench….

(I’m running out of puns if I have to resort to fart jokes…)