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 27, 2010

ARCHIVING PROJECT: General Forteana part 29

As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February 2009 and he is now working on a general mish-mash of a section known as `General Forteana`. This 29th collection once again really is a collection of completely uncategoriseable stuff, including the murder victim who took 22 years to die, the fake Jack the Ripper diaries, Einstein's brain, Napoleon's hair, and cattle in small cars. It doesn't get much better than this. Good stuff.



Max sent along this link with a brief note saying that he hoped it would amuse me. It certainly did!

ROBERT SCHNECK: Sylvanic Nondescript

Todd Standing claims that this is a picture of a Bigfoot which he photographed in the "Sylvanic" forest. I would eat my own head before suggesting that someone is fibbing, but whatever this is, it resembles Charles Waterton's "Nondescript".


The Boy Redfern writes: While some people cringe at the notion that Bigfoot and distinct Fortean high-strangeness might somehow go together, I most certainly do not! Indeed, I have investigated numerous cases that suggest whatever the Bigfoot creatures may be, there seems to be an aspect of the phenomenon that takes us into some very strange, and near-paranormal, realms.

Read on chaps and chapesses

Unicorn on Video

One of the things that is most notable about the weird world of forteana is that events happen in clusters. For example, over the last few weeks there have been a number of unicorn stories here on the blog, such as this one set at the Appledore book festival.

Now a unicorn has been captured on video...

Before you all start jumping for your field investigation gear, it is a viral marketing hoax from
the Ontario Science Center, which has a new exhibit to promote called “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, & Mermaids,”

Read more: http://www.reelseo.com/unicorn-video-hoax-genius-piece-viral-marketing/#ixzz13YUSjU1k

SIMULACRA: Enter the Dragon

Yesterday we posted a slice of YouTube video that shows a gorgeous cloud formation in the shape of a bird. Today our old friend Matt Williams writes:

My Dragon cloud taken whilst flying...

can you see its head wings and legs... you may have to stare a bit but its there...


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1982 Matt Smith was born. Smith plays the 11th incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who and has thus far been doing a brilliant job of it.

And now, the news:

Owners may be nearing answers to cow mutilation my...
Dino Death
'Indiana Jones' hits the Yeti trail in Nepal
Spectacular unknown species found in Amazon
Columbus cleared of importing syphilis from Americ...
50-Million-Year-Old Insect Trove Found in Indian A...
The diva dog Lu Lu which walks on her hind legs an...

Much better than Susan Boyle: