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, June 15, 2011

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1902 George Gaylord Simpson was born. I had a teacher with the name 'Gaylord' at school and they insisted that the name is actually pronounced 'Gah-laird' so you've learnt something today, haven't you? Assuming that 'Bucket' is pronounced 'Bouquet' of course.... Anyway GGS isn't today's 'on this day' because of his name, rather that he is the palaeontologist that dispelled the myth that the evolution of the horse was a linear process, a myth that is still perpetuated by newspapers and the terminally stupid.
And now the news, expertly compiled by Gavin Wilson:

Cops' 'big cat' plea after Edderton slaying
Reality TV goes in search of the skunk ape
New bee discovered with largest tongue in world

If you only remember the Bee Gees from their slightly naff disco harmonies then you might want to watch this clip and see just how good they could be when they were a Mersey-beat-style band:

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

Gahlaird Focker.

Much better name.