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, January 09, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Is there a Bigfoot or Canal Man in our area? (Ohio)

A word about cryptolinks: We are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.  

The mere mention of Bigfoot can draw anywhere from skepticism to fascination and it has been that way for a long time. Bigfoot is also known by a number of other names of which includes,” Grass man” given to a creature reportedly seen in the Akron area.

There have been so many reported sightings over the last couple of centuries here in the U.S. that you have to wonder if there is any fact behind these legends? With the cable TV show called, Finding Bigfoot being so popular, there has been a lot of discussion on Bigfoot and why we cannot find him or are we not looking in all of the right places.

I want to introduce you to another creature from our own area that has a very similar description of that given to Bigfoot. The legends of this creature came about from historical events. The area between Massillon and Akron had at one time been inhabited by Native Americans. The Ohio and Erie Canal began construction in 1825. There have always been stories of huge fish that live in the undisturbed murky waters of the canal. I myself had seen a carp that was more than 4 feet long and at another time an enormous snapping turtle eating a Canadian goose.



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.

Troublesome 'devil birds' spread across U.S.

DALE DRINNON: Some Guest Posts

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 64

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for five years now - 64 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in winter
British BHM
The Man Monkey
Nick Redfern interview
Judy Dyble and the blackbird
Doggie earwax
Bigfoot controversies
Saying goodbye to Travis
Unseasonal weather
Tadpole plans
birdwatching on Northam burrows
The Crypto Community
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New loris
New and Rediscovered: New snake
New and Rediscovered: Australian long beaked echidna


After yesterday's emotional nadir (which was mostly just me being bonkers and the National Westminster Bank being inefficient) today is shaping up to be a much nicer day. Olivia is due later so I will have both my stepdaughters and my wife and my mother-in-law all under the same rood for a few hours. Many men would run for the hills, but me? I love my family and I count my blessings.
Our daily visit to our friend Thom the World Poet
The latest episode of my webTV show (#64 - can you believe it?) - and why am I posting it, apart from shameless self-publicity? It's got Judy Dyble in it Hooray!!!!
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is fromthe lovely Maggie Reilly
A really thoughtful review of Atkins/May. But can anyone tell me what 'the 411' means?
Good news for Eric Burdon fans
Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman to release first album

*  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: 
*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures 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 which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1768 the first modern circus was staged in London.

And now the news:

  • Lions extinct in 25 African countries & population...
  • 4 juvenile elephants taken from Zimbabwe to sub-ze...
  • Cat 'arrested' for break-in at Brazilian prison
  • Utah town burns 16-foot mammoth effigy for solstic...
  • Kangaroo on the loose in Melbourne airport car par...
  • Wild dogs kill 4 people at Mexico City park

  • This video is nothing to do with circuses but sometimes an event happens that is so important to any TRUE cryptozoologist or biologist that you have to stand up and take note and I'm sure that Max Blake agrees with me that this is one of the most important videos that has ever been posted on YNT: