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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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Saturday, July 21, 2012

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Today is Pi Day (22/7 expressed as a fraction gives an approximation of the mathematical constant Pi) a date held in high regard by mathematicians and scientists the world over, except in the USA where they write the date wrong and celebrate on the 14th of March instead. Every year on Pi day, in a ritual that has taken place since the 16th century the current head of the Royal Society brings a Clarke's Pie into the whispering gallery of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London held aloft upon a golden plate once used by Sir Isaac Newton. The Dean of Saint Paul's then bangs his staff upon the floor and proclaims “Oi, Sunshine! No food in the gallery!” to whit the head of the royal society replies “Canst thou not makest an exception for it is the noble day of Pi!” and the Dean must retort and say “Very well, good sir, but only if you give me half, for Clarke's pies are the best pies in the land and you have to go all the way to Cardiff to get them.”
If you are in the area today, having for example come to London for the Olympics, this ceremony is scheduled to take place at 3pm.
And now the news:
Mmm, Pi:

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