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, January 03, 2011


CFZ Australia never cease to amaze me with how prolific they are:


Llyn Glaslyn in Wales is 126 feet (42 metres) deep and is said to be the location of a legendary monster the 'Afanc.'

The Afanc was a mythical water monster that originally abided in Llyn-yr-Afanc (the Afanc Pool) in the River Conwy. It was a huge beast who would cause flooding to the local area by its thrashing about. Attempts had been made to kill it but to no avail. It was decided to try and entice the creature from the pool and move it to a place where it could not cause any more trouble. Iron chains would be used to bind the creature and two oxen would then drag the creature to another lake. A local girl sang by the lake and the creature left the lake to get closer to her. Local men immediately bound the creature and started to drag it to Llyn Ffynnon Las (now called Llyn Glaslyn). The creature apparently jumped into the new home on arrival and is said to be trapped there.

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On The Track is happening. It is just that trying to make it when everyone involved has this filthy disease is a slow and laborious process. About half of the new episode is finished including a homage to Scorpio Rising and Jon's horrid impersonation of Billy Joel. Sadly, however, you will just have to wait.

ARCHIVING PROJECT: General Forteana Part 37

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 37th collection once again really is a collection of completely uncategoriseable stuff, including the Vatican on miracles, golfing deaths, a Roman palace discovery, Elvis's death fraud, a rare bible, and lots more. It doesn't get much better than this. Good stuff.


RONAN COGHLAN: The Awesome Secret of Spring-Heeled Jack

I enclose Page 1 of The Awesome Secret of Spring-Heeled Jack to cheer you up in your swine-flu.



“I say, Redders, old bean!”

Sir Jonathan Downes, Bt, leaned forward in his chair, beaming from behind his monocle in the tolerant way he always adopted for the dealing with the less endowed.

“Uh!” answered Nicholas Redfern in the monosyllabic fashion so widespread in his native north of England.
“Have you read about this blighter Spring-Heeled Jack in the jolly old newspaper?”

“Um!” replied Redfern.

In listening to Redfern, paying attention to his intonation was always vital. “Um!” could mean yes, no or even perhaps, depending on the way it was said.

“He goes around blowing gaseous vapours into the faces of parlourmaids and other lowly folk,” informed Downes, thoughtfully stroking his handlebar moustache. “I think, Redders, we must investigate this.”

He rang for the butler.
“Inglis, we shall need the carriage at half past four. We are going to London,” he told that worthy. “I am afraid, sir, that the horses are totally clapped out,” the butler replied.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1903 Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant as part of his scheming to turn public opinion against Tesla’s AC current. Edison ultimately failed in this and his animal electrocutions (the elephant was part of a long line of such public displays, which usually involved stray dogs or cats) led to the development of the ‘electric chair’ by his technician Harold P. Brown as a form of capital punishment. The electric chair’s first public display was in the execution of William Kemmler in New York. The execution turned into a gory farce when, after passing 1000 volts of electricity through Kemmler for 17 seconds and declaring him dead, it was noticed that he was still breathing. The chair was turned back on, this time set to 2000 volts, and Kemmler’s blood vessels burst, sending blood oozing out of his skin, and the body caught fire. Stephen King based a key scene in The Green Mile on the incident.
And now, the news:

Dolphins, honey guides and golden eagles are man's...
A menagerie under the sea
Lethal bird flu confirmed in S.Korea wild duck
Massive fish kill blankets Arkansas River
5,000 blackbirds
Farmer celebrates 'panda cow' birth
Giant fox caught in Maidstone

There can only be one video responce to that really (also check out the hillarious 'dad dancing' in the crowd):