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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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Thursday, September 29, 2011

HEADHUNTERS IN TEXAS

Something weird has been going on in our back-garden (or, back-yard, as it's called in the US!) for some time now. And, it's probably a good idea to bring it to people's attention, as it's still on-going.About three weeks ago, I found a decapitated mole in the grass, which I thought was kind of odd, and which Ken Gerhard saw when he came to visit shortly afterwards. Then, about two weeks ago, I found a large, skinned bone on the lawn - yep, picked entirely clean of meat.

READ ON...

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: STRANGE SCOTTISH SHARK STORY-SASSENACHS!

Today I found the following item in the Dundee Courier & Argus & N.Warder for 18-9-1874 and I present a (sadly) equally rare lyrics selection. From a Scottish band, or at least faux Scottish. Hurrah! I apologise if this extract is familiar to you, ( the shark I mean) I don`t have one of those rare minds that can remember everything I`ve read, I have one of those minds tormented by anxiety and jinglebollocks, but that`s another story. Read on:

WAS IT A SHARK?

Yesterday, about low water, a strange looking animal was observed from the shore at Kirkaldy to have run aground on a bank a little out from the east pier. A boat was at once procured and set out for the bank, where they found what they supposed was a shark, measuring about 7 feet in length, with two horns on the top of its head. One of the men in the boat took a graip(?) and stabbed it in the belly. The monster had four rows of teeth, set closely, and very sharp. The men tried to get it up into the boat, but after pulling at it for some time they allowed it to get away; but it is thought from the nature of the wounds it received, that it will die, and therefore there is every likelihood of its being cast ashore. One of a like nature was observed by a bather at Portobello a few weeks ago, and which bit him on the leg. A great number of people were on the harbour at the time of the onslaught, and were greatly disappointed when they saw that the men had let it off. (1)


1. Dundee Courier & Argus & N. Warder 18-9-1874.


B I G C O U N T R Y R E S T L E S S N A T I V E S

Alone among the hills and stone
Through summer sun and the winter snow
The eagle he was lord above
And Rob was lord below

240 we lived
Without hope and without pride
So who will know where they come from
Who raised a torch for those who died

I will be with them
In the summer sun
And the winter snow
They will come and clouds will go
And show that we are proud again

REQUEST: If anyone has any mystery animal stories including ABCs, BHMs and dragons from around Manchester please can they let me know at flyingsnakepress@hotmail.co.uk

HAUNTED SKIES: Cleveland Plain Dealer 22.3.53


http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2011/09/cleveland-plain-dealer-22353.html

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1888 the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper claimed his third and fourth victims Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddows.
And now the news:

Canada geese, an invasive species soon to be culle...
Endangered dolphins near extinction
Suit: Dairy cows systematically slaughtered to dri...
Fossil beetles show true colours
Test-tube spiders raised at Chessington200 babies ...
Rat eradication success in New Caledonia
Dog rescues elderly NC woman who fell
Mauritius: Mass Monkey Slaughter "Discussed" by Vi...

This is the best Jack the Ripper movie ever made (it’s complete hogswash but well made hogswatsh, mind you). Make it your mission to seek this film out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJSpZT8IjE0

THE ECLECTARIUM OF DR SHUKER: Guys and dolls

Here's a very chilling article of mine newly posted on my Eclectarium blog, all about true-life cases of dolls and puppets with a sinister life of their own:

http://eclectariumshuker.blogspot.com/2011/09/just-when-you-thought-it-was-safe-to-go.html

PHIL MANTLE SENT US THIS - HIS NEW PROJECT