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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Friday, August 07, 2009

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


Friday can only mean that it is time for my Friday Fact. Each week I scour the restricted section of the gigantic CFZ library. After browsing many dusty tomes and ancient grimoires and generally larking about on those movable ladders that are attached to bookshelves on little rails when I think nobody is looking, I happen upon a suitable fact....

The town of Lyme-Regis received its current name during the Norman conquests of the 11th century. The town’s original name has been lost to the sands of time, but it was in fact the last Anglo-Saxon town to hold out against the Normans. Understandably the Normans were not best pleased at this plucky little town and soon had it surrounded. Escape was impossible for the citizens and heavily out-numbered, they were forced to admit that the game was up. The Normans offered to let them surrender without a fight provided they gave up their king to them to be publicly executed as a warning to any town that would seek to rebel against England’s new masters. This was of course a problem for the town’s ‘king’ who promptly resigned from his office before his officials made the terms of surrender public. Knowing that certain death awaited the new king nobody in the town wanted the job. So a clever local lad came up with an idea. Recently a shipment of limes had arrived in the port and knowing that the French would probably never have seen the like of such a fruit as it was in no way similar to garlic or onions, he painted a smiley face on a lime and put a tiny crown and wee jacket on it. The Norman army were fooled into thinking that the lime was the town’s king and the lime was hung, drawn and quartered. The Normans, touched by the bravery of King Lime I renamed the town in his honour and it has been known as Lyme-Regis ever since.

And now the news:

Army ready to restart desert tortoise relocation plan
12 parrot species under review for endangered-species listing
A Seaweed Divided Against Itself Upsets Oceanic Order
Why are there so many flying ants?
Judge clears way for dinosaur park to be seized

The theory of evolution is a ‘saur’ point for these guys.

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