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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Sunday, October 14, 2012

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot trackways, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blog

New At Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Cedar and Willow:
New At Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
And in this case the Thelma blog is continuing on matters pertinent to Cedar and Willow also.



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Chattahoochee Bigfoot Radio™ - Mr. Nick Redfern

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Sunday, October 14, 2012 - Join Jeffrey A. Teagle and cohosts Mr. Bruce Barraclaugh Jr. as they discuss the possibilities of Bigfoot-type beings with Mr. Nick Redfern.
This will be an exciting show as Mr. Redfern has appeared on numerous talk shows, television specials and the like imparting his knowledge as to what "the Bigfoot" really are. Come join us tonight as we will still be giving away free gifts for the first two callers that ring in "with valid" questions for our guest.
Note: Chattahoochee Bigfoot Radio™ does not  necessarily endorse the ideas, opinions and beliefs of any particular guest; BUT we fully believe in their right to share their experiences and theories.

CRYPTOLINK: 10 Legendary Monsters of Australia and Antarctica

You’d think that there are enough scary animals in Australia that monstrous legends wouldn’t be necessary. Apparently the deadly creatures that terrorize people on a regular basis aren’t scary enough. The continent also includes New Zealand, and I slid a monster of Antarctica in here as a convenience. Ningens and Bunyips and Yowies, oh my!

1. Yara-ma-yha-who

The Yara-ma-yha-who is an Australian vampire from Aboriginal folklore. He is a short, red, uh, man, resembling a demon. He has no teeth, which is unusual for a bloodsucking vampire. The Yara-ma-yha-who waits in a tree for a victim to stop beneath, then jumps on him and sucks blood out through the octopus-like suckers the Yara-ma-yha-who has on his hands and feet. If this demon eats someone, he will take a nap and then vomit the meal back up. Luckily, the victim may still be alive! However, if the same person is victimized in this manner too many times, he will himself become a Yara-ma-yha-who.

Read on...
--brought to you by mental_floss!

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 7.8.69.


CRYPTOLINK: Researchers plan to use one-of-a-kind airship to search for Bigfoot

Fifteen years ago, Utah-based prospector William A. Barnes was on a solo gold-dredging expedition in the wilds of Northern California. One night, he heard something disturbing the rocks in the canyon above his campsite. He proceeded to watch as that indistinct “something” came trudging downhill, until it stood only about three feet (0.9 meters) from his tent. At that point, upon seeing its size, shape, and profile against the brightly-moonlit quartz hillside, he became a firm believer in the legendary creature commonly referred to as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In the years since, he has become obsessed with researching the animals. Now, as the founder of The Falcon Project, he hopes to prove their existence once and for all – with the help of a state-of-the-art remote-control camera-equipped airship.

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INAPPROPRIATE CORNER: A vicar claims a potato got stuck up his bottom after he fell on to the vegetable while hanging curtains in the nude. (This one, believe it or not, came from Corinna)

The clergyman, in his 50s, told medical staff at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital that the accident was definitely not due to a sex game.

He had to undergo surgery to extract the spud from his backside, according to The Sun.

A&E nurse Trudi Watson said: 'He explained to me, quite sincerely, he had been hanging curtains naked in he kitchen when he fell backwards on to the kitchen table and on to a potato.

'But it's not for me to question his story.'
She went on to reveal other objects removed from people's derriƩre, including a cucumber, a Russian doll and a carnation.

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WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news

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.

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot roams Panola County, sighting reported (East Texas)

Believe it or not, a bigfoot sighting has been reported in Panola County.

A caller whom Panola County Sheriff Jack Ellett referred to as a reliable source contacted the Sheriff’s Office Thursday evening, October 3, 2012, to report the sighting around 9 p.m. He said he knew it sounded crazy, but he thought he had seen a bigfoot creature. He said he would have felt bad if someone got hurt by the creature, so he notified the authorities of the sighting as a precaution.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the caller said he was headed home from Louisiana and when he crossed the state line on FM 123, he saw the creature. He said it was really big and strange looking. It was crouched down in the ditch, and as he drove by, it stood up. The creature appeared to be 7 feet in height, and had yellow eyes, the caller stated. He said it was very creepy looking, and although he knew it could be someone pulling a prank, but if it was, the person did a better make-up job than Hollywood.

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CRYPTOLINK: The murky allure of the Loch Ness monster

Various images of the Loch Ness monster
A scientist has spent four painstaking decades studying the loch best known for the creature affectionately known as "Nessie". Why does this mythical monster hold such fascination for so many people, ask Chloe Hadjimatheou and Vanessa Barford.Adrian Shine has patrolled lakes by day and night. He's taken countless photos, and he's used all the latest technological advances in sonar to uncover the mystery behind Loch Ness monster.

Twenty-five years ago this week, he led what was at the time considered the most extensive search of Loch Ness - a £1m exploration called Operation Deepscan.
The week-long project consisted of a flotilla of 24 boats, equipped with high-tech sonars, which trawled the 22.5-mile (36km) long, 738ft (227m) deep lake in the Scottish Highlands for two days.

"Loch Ness has become a brand as big as Elvis Presley, Madonna and Coca-Cola - but by default rather than design," he says.

So when did the Loch Ness monster gain such mythical status, and what is the fascination with finding it?
Jonathan Downes, director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, says the legend of the monster dates back to the 6th Century, but it was not until the 1930s that it really took off. (JD: Umm, no I didn't)

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It's sunday and I'm feeling trippy,
so here's some rhymes from this old hippy
"wot, poetry!!" I hear you freak
don't worry, I do it every week
and not to make my readers barf,
I do it 'cos it makes me laugh
every lunchtime on a Sunday
becomes the Gonzo Daily fun day

Into the future we will peek,
we have The Rolling Stones all week
it's their anniversary don't you see
we've been sent a book and a DVD

Helen was a cool punkette
but her story isn't over yet
last week she had a chat with me
about her limited edition CD

I'm very fond of Michael Des Barres
a talented chap who should go far
so here, because I like the man
cool memorabilia from Japan

I like this silly photograph
basically cos it makes me laugh
visual jokes all resonate with me
especially ones about ELP

On the other side of the world
is a brave little Pakistani girl,
What's she doing on Gonzo (wouldn't you know it)?
here's a tribute by Thom the World Poet

And finally a picture of our Liz
my favourite in the music biz
she's really good (I'm not a liar)
here's a pic of her with her choir

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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 2006 the paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse died. Grosse was most well known for his involvement in the Enfield poltergeist case.

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  • Grosse on how his involvement in the Enfield Poltergeist case began: