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, June 14, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot Convention Slated to take place in Pocatello on Saturday

Bigfoot Sculpture
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 (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

The first time Becky Cook saw a set of sasquatch footprints was when she was 15-years-old.

“I am a very tall woman, standing at six-foot-six,” Cook said. “My neighbor in Blackfoot thought my brothers and I were pulling a prank.”
No pictures were taken of the mysterious set of footprints that were 16-inches long as cameras were not as readily available then as they are today.

Nonetheless, Cook has been fascinated with sasquatch, or bigfoot, ever since.
“I kept track of all these stories (about sasquatch-related encounters) throughout high school,” Cook said. “I’ve been collecting these stories ever since and even authored a book. Those stories were always the most requested when I was out talking to people.”

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:


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, and 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.

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    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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

    DALE DRINNON: Wildman and Dragon, sea monsters, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
    New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
    New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
    New at Benny's other blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
    Cedar and Willow is being reconfigured to cut out some of the involvement by other writers utilizing Grand Unified Theories I do not need to be promoting myself. Basically, I am simplifying things there since it has all gotten somewhat out of hand.
    Best Wishes, Dale D.


    Today is shaping up to be another mixed one. I am still deaf as a post - worse than I was last summer - but I am feeling happier, saner and generally more together than I have been all week. On the distaff side (if that is the right word, and I think it is) one of Corinna's cousins (whom I never actually met) died this morning, so she and Mother are quite upset. Graham is out at the pond doing arcane things with fibreglass, and Prudence and the kittens are curled up asleep. Like I said: a mixed day.
    The first seven episodes of Canterbury Soundwaves are up on Gonzo Web Radio
    Another episode of Strange Fruit is up on Gonzo Web Radio
    Tony Iomni talks to Bev Bevan about the new Black Sabbath album, and his battle with cancer
    *  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:
    * 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 53 who, together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange), 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 cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1947 a UFO allegedly crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. The debate still rages as to what it was that crashed, and even if anything crashed at all.
    And now the news:

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  • One of the most interesting things to come out of the Roswell incident in my opinion was the hoax alien autopsy video. It also spawned a quite funny film telling the 'mostly' true story behind it: