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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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Friday, December 17, 2010

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART 1941-2010 - THE CFZ TRIBUTE TO DON VAN VLIET





A reporter once asked Richard and me what we considered to be our greatest achievement. We said that we were most proud of having dressed a little girl as Captain Beefheart. And we were.


John Allison explains it all.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART HAS DIED - Don Van Vliet (1941-2010)

The world is a poorer place this evening!

Everyone who is anyone will say that this was his weakest album.

I love it, and it is my blog so pish!

AND AS FOR THIS....

The Captain was perhaps the one artist without whom the CFZ would have been a very different place.

SNUFFLING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

It is the first proper snow of the winter and Prudence is not sure what to make of it...

The big question today is whether or not the village is snowed in because today is the day that Graham is scheduled to return from Hawkwinding, and Oliver is scheduled to leave for what is euphemistically described as the `Festive Season`. Only time will tell.
















ROBERT SCHNECK: Flying snakes go to war

America's Department of Defense has become interested in flying snakes. Are they developing planes that slither? Serpentine gliders? If so, expect some interesting UFO reports in the near future. Maybe it's a project with a cool name like 'Operation Draco'; the development of flying kraits for battlefield use. The possibilities are nightmarish and I can't wait to see what they come up with.



MORE ODDS AND SODS FROM CHAD

Thought extinct in the 1940s, bird found on U.S. soil (short-tailed albatross, rediscovered in the 1950s)http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/12/thought-extinct-in-the-1940s-bird-found-on-us-soil/1

Wayward cheetah is captured in United Arab Emirates

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/12/wayward-cheetah-captured-in-united-arab-emirates.html

Rediscovery of lost Bromeliad species in El Dorado

http://www.proaves.org/article.php?id_article=951

Frog bladder holds a surprise

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/12/08/3087119.htm

Bizarre hairy fly is rediscovered

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11948321

Pug-nosed fossil crocodile

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9264000/9264546.stm

ARCHIVING PROJECT: General Forteana Part 34

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 34th collection once again really is a collection of completely uncategoriseable stuff, including another Muslim exorcism that went wrong, art made from cow dung, Cuban organ thefts, blasphemous sex art, alien abductions, JFK, a buildings inspector gored by an ox and lots more. It doesn't get much better than this. Good stuff.
HERE

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1912 Charles Dawson ‘discovered’ Piltdown Man, which was found out to be a hoax years later. For more information on the Piltdown Man you can read my article on this very blog, located here:http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/2009/03/guest-blogger-oll-lewis-its-just-not.html
And now, the news:

Rampant logging, illegal collection and slash and ...
Mating Mystery: Hybrid Animals Hint at Desperation...
Japanese salmon declared extinct 70 years ago foun...
Area Man Kicked Off Mineola Nature Preserve Trying...
Wildlife bridges and tunnels reducing wildlife dea...

A toad in a toad tunnel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi-9ycF45YE