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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Thursday, August 01, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot Might Finally Be Caught…By Superman

Bigfoot Might Finally Be Caught…By SupermanBigfoot, that ever-elusive man-monster of the woods, is up there with Nessie as mythical creatures go. Everyone wants to be the one to snap a photo, to capture evidence of its existence. Next January, it could happen, and a former Superman is involved.
Dean Cain has signed on to host Spike TV’s “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty”, a show that follows nine teams of Bigfoot enthusiasts who have spent their lives trying to prove the creature is real as they embark on an adventure that starts in the Pacific Northwest. Every week, the teams will travel to a new spot where people have claimed to have seen him. Using state-of-the-art equipment, the hunters will be able to “track” the creature using DNA samples.
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Dean Cain to Host Spike TV's 10 MILLION DOLLAR BIGFOOT ... Broadway World
Dean Cain ("Hit the Floor") is set to lead the most ambitious and extensive hunt for the ever-elusive Sasquatch in Spike TV's 10 MILLION DOLLAR BIGFOOT ...
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Spike TV offers $10M for Bigfoot UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- Nine teams will compete for $10 million in an effort to determine if Bigfoot actually exists in the United States, Spike TV ...
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Dean Cain to host Bigfoot series on Spike TV - social entertainment
'10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty' will showcase Sasquatch hunters.
Spike TV's Secret Weapons for Finding Bigfoot? A $10 Million Prize ... Yahoo! TV (blog)
And that poo may be worth an incredible $10 million, courtesy of Spike TV and the network's upcoming reality series "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.".
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CRYPTOLINK: SW Va. ‘wood booger’ reports raise interest in Bigfoot

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.

SW Va. ‘wood booger’ reports raise interest in Bigfoot
A carving of Bigfoot on display at Home Hardware and Furniture Store in Norton, Va. They also sell "wood booger" t-shirts. Photo by Greg Peters.
NORTON, Va. — Could there be a Bigfoot right here in our own back yard?

It seems a possibility. There was enough interest from sightings that the television show “Finding Bigfoot” made a stop in Southwest Virginia in 2011 and filmed an episode concerning events in Wise and Washington counties, with an emphasis on the High Knob area.

A search for Bigfoot sightings results in numerous websites and organizations that focus on the subject, several in Virginia alone.

William Dranginis heads the Virginia Bigfoot Research Organization. Based in Aldi, Va., he takes reports of sightings, does interviews and even goes onsite looking for the elusive “hairy man.”

Dranginis works full time for defense contractor Northrop Grumman and had little or no interest in Bigfoot until 1995.

In March of that year, Dranginis and two friends were trying out a new metal detector in Culpeper County, Va. The three were looking for treasure in and around old gold mine shafts in the area. The mines were active during the Civil War.


We are very proud indeed to announce the publication of Volume One of our new edition of George Eberhart's classic work Mysterious Creatures. First published over ten years ago at a prohibitively high price of of nearly £200 for the two-volume set, we bought the rights to issue a budget edition from ABC Clio with the money raised at last year's Weird Weekend. Our edition, which has been updated and contains much new material and many new pictures, and is considerably longer, will be available at a special low price of £14.99 per volume.

In the hi-tech industrialised world of the 21st Century, monsters still loom large. Far from being relegated to the realm of myth and legend, mysterious creatures seem to be alive and well today. In this, the first of two volumes, acclaimed researcher George M. Eberhart provides a comprehensive list of the creatures that roam our monster-haunted planet. Covering ‘A to M’, Volume One tackles some well-known beasts as well as more esoteric creatures few will have heard of. 
  • The Lau - A monstrous serpent one hundred feet long said to lurk in the Swamplands of Sudan
  • The Kalanoro - Hairy, cave dwelling dwarfs of Southern Madagascar
  • The Cigau - An aggressive big cat with elongated canine teeth; a possible surviving scimitar cat in the jungles of Sumatra
  • The Glowing Mudskipper - A bio-luminescent amphibious fish reported from Ceram in Indonesia
  • The Dobsenga - A possible surviving marsupial wolf from the mountains of New Guinea
  • The Lindorm - serpent dragons of the woods and lakes of Scandinavia
  • The Dobharchu - a giant man-eating otter from Ireland
  • The Mongolian Death Worm - A burrowing horror from the Gobi Desert that is said to spit yellow acid.
  • The Earth Hounds - Grave burrowing, corpse-eating creatures from rural Scotland.

These are just a few of the menagerie of weird beasts you will find in this remarkable book. Information on hundreds of enigmatic animals is to be found within its pages.

More things in heaven and earth indeed.

For a limited time only, you can buy Volume One at a special low price of £12.50/ $US18.99/ $AU21.99 (plus p&p). Please use the Paypal link below (Paypal will automatically convert from pounds sterling to dollars). If you live outside the UK, USA, Canada, or Australia please email corinna@cfz.org.uk and we will sort something out.


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.

 Swan shot with cross bow reunited with mate

DALE DRINNON: Sea serpent, dragons, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:


Last night Richard Freeman joined the select band of a dozen or so people who have watched Ken Campbell's 'School for Clowns' with me over the past 31 years. And like every single other person, he hated it! I have always thought that it is surreally and completely stupidly wonderful, and even Ken himself looked blankly at me when I said that. It is that rare thing - cerebral avant garde aimed at children, and I think that - like my memories of the man himself - it is very very precious. It may be too much to hope that I find another fan, but I live in hope that one day I will find a kindred spirit who doesn't completely hate it!
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
Now Eric Burdon claims not to have cancelled the Israel gig at all

*  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 is away, so for todayYesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

Q: Why did all the rhinos except for the white rhinoceros go to the library?

A: To browse ***

Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

Now for the news...

*** The white rhinoceros grazes

And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: