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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Monday, October 22, 2012

CRYPTOLINK: Loch Ness Monster Revealed


CRYPTOLINK: Book Review - Here Be Dragons: Strange Creatures of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador has a rich history and storytelling tradition concerning unknown creatures of the deep – and on land. Some of them we’re certain exist, others we’re not so sure. We just don’t know enough to say one way or the other. ‘Here Be Dragons: Strange Creatures of Newfoundland and Labrador,” is a discussion of our province’s oddities of the animal world – our cryptids, or animals whose existence is alleged but not definitively proven. Bruce Hynes’s book is a very respectable examination of cryptozoology, the study of such ‘hidden’ creatures specific to Newfoundland and Labrador.

CRYPTOLINKS: Sasquatch trashed my Winnebago

Something that always amuses (and occasionally infuriates) me is that the mass media usually ignore positive stories about what the cryptozoological community is doing. To the best of my knowledge, for example, there will only be one news report on our exhibition at Barnstaple Museum, and that will be in Corinna and my column for the Bideford Post. However, occasionally they pick up on a story and run with it en masse. Look at these different accounts of a Bigfoot researcher who claims that his Winnebago was attacked by a rock-hurling man-beast..

Police: Lykens man says Bigfoot smashed RV lights
Reed told the trooper that after he saw the Bigfoot, he turned on the RV's outside lights and the creature began throwing rocks to prevent discovery, police said. Police said in a news release that the actor was described as very large, brown in color ...

Cops: Man Says Bigfoot Behind Winnebago Attack
The Smoking Gun
OCTOBER 19--A Pennsylvania man today told police that a Bigfoot attacked his 1973 Winnebago motor home, smashing out windows and taillights with a fusillade of rocks. The purported sasquatch attack on John Reed's vehicle is being investigated by state ...
Man who claimed Bigfoot damaged his Winnebago is a member of Lykens ...
Enlarge DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News John Reed 39, of Lykens, says a Bigfoot type of creature is responsible for damage to his Winnebago, located on state game lands in Jefferson Twp., upper Dauphin County. Reed is a member of Lykens Valley ...
Bigfoot Sightings, RV Damage -- You Do The Math
MyFox Philadelphia
A central Pennsylvania man is giving state police a lead as they look into who might have damaged his 1973 Winnebago: A bigfoot. State police said Friday a trooper took a report in Lykens, 30 miles northeast of Harrisburg, for a report that taillights ...Lykens man claims Bigfoot damaged his Winnebago
John Reed, of the 400 block of Division Street in Lykens, says a Bigfoot type of creature is responsible for smashing the windows and taillights out of his 1973 Dodge Winnebago. Bigfoot FIlm Festival A prop from the Bigfoot FIlm Festival at the Ned ...Bigfoot suspected of damaging vehicle in Jackson Township
Republican & Herald
LYKENS - A central Pennsylvania man is giving state police a lead as they look into who might have damaged his 1973 Winnebago - a bigfoot. State police at Lykens are investigating the criminal mischief incident that occurred on Lykens Road in Jackson ...Man claims Bigfoot damaged Winnebago in Lykens
John Reed, of Lykens, told investigators that Bigfoot smashed out the taillights and windows of his 1973 Winnebago. When he spotted the Bigfoot, Reed turned on the outside lights and the beast began throwing rocks to avoid being discovered, state ...'It was very large, brown and hunched': Bigfoot hunter tells cops he was ...
Daily Mail
An avid Bigfoot hunter claims to have been the victim of a violent attack - from the dreaded beast itself. John Reed was driving his Winnebago late at night when someone - or something - started throwing rocks at the vehicle, damaging its windows and ...Dauphin County Man Claims Bigfoot Damaged His Car « CBS Philly
By Chelsea Karnash
A central Pennsylvania man is giving state police a lead as they look into who might have damaged his 1973 Winnebago: A bigfoot.Bigfoot commits criminal damage? - The 21st Floor
By Skeptic News
If state police catch the vandal who threw rocks at John Reed's motor home in Lykens earlier this month, the perpetrator could face criminal mischief charges. Not big news. But state police troopers better have strong handcuffs if they make the ...When Squatchin' Goes Wrong: Bigfoot Attacked My Winnebago ...
Winnebago warrior and Bigfoot hunter John Reed of Lykens, PA. has filed a report with local ...
www.disinfo.com/.../when-squatchin-goes-wrong-bigfoot-atta...Remember the man that claimed Bigfoot damaged his RV? He - Fark
Remember the man that claimed Bigfoot damaged his RV? He happens to be part of the Sasquatch Hunters club in his home area (pennlive.com), divider line, 6 ...Metro - Pa. man tells police Bigfoot threw rocks, smashed windows ...
Police describe the suspect sighted by John Reed of Lykens, Pa., as,Lykens Sasquatch hunter says Bigfoot found him first
Sunbury Daily Item
Reed said he's a firm believer in Bigfoot and Sasquatches, which he's been interested in ever since he was 10 years old. “I've seen them; I've experienced them,” he said. “I've been trying to experience that again for 30 years now ... I started reading ...Bigfoot Allegedly Attacks Pennsylvania Man's RV
ABC News
Bigfoot Allegedly Attacks Pennsylvania Man's RV. Linsey Davis reviews a man's closed encounter with Sasquatch. 10/21/2012. Share: 0 · Comment on this video. ABC News Live. Breaking news video as it happens, continuous live streaming video and ...DidBigfoot Vandalize Man's RV | ABC News Yahoo News
From the blog ABC News: A Pennsylvania man has his eye on a large, furry and elusive suspect who he accused of vandalizing his 1973 Dodge Winnebago.
Pennsylvania Man Says 'Bigfoot' Vandalized His Winnebago RV
ABC News (blog)
A Pennsylvania man has his eye on a large, furry and elusive suspect who he accused of vandalizing his 1973 Dodge Winnebago. John Reed, a self-described Bigfoot tracker since the age of 10, said he was camping with his girlfriend when he saw the ...

CFZ PEOPLE: Jess Heard

Happy Birthday my Dear

DALE DRINNON: 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America/Extreme Expeditions/Cedar and Willow

I have a couple of quickies up:

New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Frontiers of Zoology:
And new at Cedar and Willow:
I think everything is in working order now, but we'll just see about that.
Best Wishes, Dale D.


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.


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 should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

  • Matt Salusbury's report on Jonathan McGowan's talk...
  • RESOURCES: The Australian mystery cat report
  • NEWSLINK: Backlash against exotic animal ownership...
  • NEWSLINK: Indian teen killed by big cat

    So, once again another Monday dawns. It is Jess Heard's 21st Birthday today, so much love goes out to her from all of us at CFZ/Gonzo Towers. We have a trainee starting for a week's CFZ experience on Friday; I hope that she gets everything that she would wish out of a week with us. The Barnstaple Museum show continues (I went in on Saturday and it looks grrrrrreat), and Issue One of the Journal of Cryptozoology will be out imminently. The UK leg of the Jefferson Starship tour comes to an end, and everyone involved will be sad to return to normality...

    A video (not by me) of Jefferson Starship doing 'White Rabbit' at the Southampton gig last week. There will be more JS and Auburn stuff being edited this week, but I am insanely overstretched at the moment, and whilst I would like to do everything at once, my multitasking skills are not that great....

    Martin Stephenson polayed a live set on the Bob Harris show yesterday, and now you can partake of it through the magick of the BBC iPlayer. I am not sure whether the icon on the screen will work for everyone, but the hyperlink will do.

    I found this video interview with Paul Kantner and David Freiberg of the mighty Jefferson Starship. It was on YouTube, and very interesting, so I reproduce it here for your delectation.

    I recently received this fascinating autobiography by Patrick Campbell-Lyons of Nirvana (the original lot), and whilst I think that the presentation could be improved, it is a bloody good read...

    We enter a week of visits to the peculiar universe of the Nine Henrys

    Our daily visit to Texas Thom - the incomparable World Poet

    Erik Norlander sent us this fascinating video critique of one of his Gonzo CD/DVD packages. It is well worth watching...

    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 1910 Dr Crippen, the first criminal to be apprehended using wireless communications, was sentenced to death. Crippen, in reality not a doctor but a salesman of homoeopathic medicine is thought to have poisoned his wife and burred her in quicklime under his cellar before moving his lover in to his house. The police were first allerted to the fact that something was amiss by a famed circus strong woman known as Vulcana who was a friend of Crippen's wife. Since the verdict, and Crippen's execution, several people have expressed their doubts about Dr Crippen's guilt including Raymond Chandler who thought it was odd that Crippen would take care to dispose of his wifes head, arms and legs but preserve her torso in the cellar (this could be explained by the quicklime getting wet and becoming slaked lime which acts as a preservative). Recent DNA evidence has also thrown doubt on whether the remains found were that of Crippen's wife, however as Crippen's lover claimed in the 1930s that he had told her he killed his wife, I'm willing to bet that any discrepency in the DNA is due to contamination of the sample, which was never kept under sterile conditions by Scotland Yard.

    And now the news:

  • Sea Turtles Make Strong Showing in Florida
  • Why Aren't Insects Human-Size?
  • Mussels' Stickiness May Lead to Smarter Medical Gl...
  • Solar Power Used to Study Elephants in Africa
  • Bowhead Whales: Ancient DNA Sheds Light On Arctic ...
  • Albino squirrel in Minnesota
  • Baby Beaver Is Boost to Reintroduced Wild Populati...
  • Happy ending for Boris the cat
  • India’s Supreme Court lifts tiger tourism ban
  • Conservation groups seek changes at wind farm
  • Fareham youngster earns an RSPB award
  • Trainer says Marineland whale has been bleeding si...
  • Extinction from Global Warming: Changing Interacti...
  • Shark Social Networking: Shark Migrations Studied ...
  • Rare albino echidna gets new home in Australia

  • Here's a related song by the author Robert Rankin: