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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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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

KARL SHUKER: EXPOSING THE INDONESIAN GIGA-GECKO – A Hoax of Monstrous Proportions!


In recent times, a very striking photograph has attracted appreciable attention on the Net, due to the fact that it ostensibly depicts a gecko of truly gargantuan proportions - not so much a mega-gecko as a veritable giga-gecko! In reality, however, as I swiftly realised when observing it, what this photograph truly depicts is something very different from what it may initially seem to do.

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

Well, everything actually!

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.




  • Bewildered bird falls in love with its own reflect...
  • RARE AND EXOTIC BIRDS STOLEN FROM PARK
  • Migratory Bird Shot On Road - What Can Be Done To ...
  • White Stork from reintroduction scheme in Italy, s...



  • Audubon Fights to Save the Piping Plover
  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Thermal Video Shows Bigfoot Peeking Over Log

    a LOOK BACK AT Bigfoot researcher Kirk Brandenburg'S thermal footage which shows what appears to be the head of something, possibly a bigfoot, moving up and down from behind a log in the distance. 

    Dr. Jeff Meldrum isn't buying this latest Russian Yeti footage from Kamennomostsky

    Every year, around this time of year (September - November), the Russians comes out with new footage of what they claim to be the Russian Yeti.

    Analysis of Bigfoot Evidence from Summer 2014

    Analysis of Bigfoot Evidence from Summer 2014. Posted by: Adam Davies on September 22nd, 2014.

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN TAKES ON SURROGATE FORM...


    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html


    Graham still manning the computer banks today, as Jon and Corinna are still roaming around the Norwich area of Eastern England.  So it was safe for me to fill the kitchen with cooking fumes and have a fry-up, which perhaps isn't a healthy way of eating... but I really do like fried eggs and chips! Especially with tomato sauce dolloped on top.

    Meanwhile, today's menu of items on Gonzo blog is:

    British bluesman John Mayall at Payomet
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/british-bluesman-john-mayall-at-payomet.html
    Teenager designs cover for Pink Floyd's new album, 'The Endless River'
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/teenager-designs-cover-for-pink-floyds.html
    Bugs Make Music, Lured by Light - a Music and Art Project
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/bugs-make-music-lured-by-light-music.html
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_23.html
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Passenger - Iggy Pop and The Stooges
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/gonzo-track-of-day-passenger-iggy-pop.html
    Mash-up.. musician creates new music from existing YouTube videos
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/mash-up-musician-creates-new-music-from.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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

    *  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 54 who - together with an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange kitten?

    TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

    The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

    There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

    The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.


  • Soldier has encounter with big cat
  • US SIGHTINGS: Save the cat? Some want boy-attacking cat spared
  • CARTOON ADVERT FOR MYSTERY CATS -BY MARK ANTONY RAINES
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Wild cat sighting on Cannock Chase
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE - WEDNESDAY

    ON THIS DAY IN 1776

    The oldest British classic horse race, the St Leger, was run for the first time at Doncaster Racecourse. It was won by a horse that had no name at the time, which would have been awkward for any event commentators!


  • Nature of war: Chimps inherently violent; Study di...
  • Japan defies IWC ruling on ‘scientific whaling’


  • Spider app launched by ecologists


  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day) ... Boris the Spider!