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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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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WHO PUT THE BLOOP IN THE BLOOP SHE DOOP SHE DOOP?


Frequently cited as an “insane mystery science hasn’t solved”, the bloop looks to have a reasonable explanation. Was it a mystery monster squid as most commonly thought? Sadly, no.
First some background in case you haven’t heard about the bloop: Skeptoid
It came from the depths of the South Pacific. Throughout the summer of 1997, a sound never before recorded burst from the abyss. News agencies scrambled; was this some new leviathan, an unknown monster from the deep? Nobody knew, and though this recording has taken its place among the permanent fixtures of the museums of the strange, the Bloop has never been identified.
Read on...

DALE DRINNON: Giant anaconda, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blog

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Cedar and Willow:
Some necessary background but it should be apparent how the crossovers are falling together:
http://cedar-and-willow.blogspot.com/2012/11/agegis-star-trek-eugenics-wars-and.html
And crossovers of another kind at Benny's Blog,

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES (CFZ)

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that - whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot, or lake monsters - it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean Zoologist to be interested in. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.






KARL SHUKER: TALES OF A TAIL - LEGENDS OF THE SIAMESE CAT


Publication of my latest book, Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2012), is now imminent, so for the next few days until it is available to pre-order, ShukerNature will be presenting a series of short excerpts as appetisers for the main course! And here's the first one:

It has been said that all the elusive magic and mystery of ancient Siam dwells within those twin moons of sparkling sapphire through which its most famous feline ambassadors gaze inscrutably upon the modern-day world.

http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2012/11/tales-of-tail-legends-of-siamese-cat.html

I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN

The best laid plans of Animals & Men go pear shaped. For a whole plethora of reasons we are not going away this week after all, so Ignore everything I have written on the subject over the last few days. But it means we shall be here to do all sorts of jolly stuff this week...

A real Exclusive - part three of our chat with the lovely Helen McCookerybook
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/exclusive-helen-mccookerybook-club_20.html
A silly video from Asia featuring John Payne. However, the sound is terrible so turn up yer volume
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/asia-featuring-john-payne-messing-about.html
As you know I am a massive Eric Burdon fan, and it is great to announce his appearance at SxSW
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/link-eric-burdon-zombies-invited-to.html

The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

LARS THOMAS: More on the Danish wolf



Sadly the story of the first Danish wolf for centuries does not have a happy ending. Lars Thomas investigates

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today



On this day in 1921 Jim Garrison, the DA who made an unsuccessful case in court alleging a conspiracy led to the assassination of JFK, was born.
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