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, August 02, 2013

CRYPOTOLINK: SquatchIt Announces Exceeding Twenty-Five Percent Funding Milestone Of Sasquatch Call and Bigfoot Sound Maker in First Four Days on Kickstarter

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.

sasqutch call bigfoot sounds squatchitSquatchIt has reached the twenty-five percent mark in their Kickstarter funding drive for the SquatchItSasquatch call and Bigfoot novelty noisemaker. With twenty-seven days to all signs are pointing to success for the initiative. In addition SquatchIt continues to hold the top featured position in Dallas, TX on the Kickstarter home page and is also listed in the national “Staff Picks” section as well.
“Howdy Folks, we at SquatchIt really appreciate all of your support in this Kickstarter campaign. We are just over the 25% mark and we still have three quarters of the way to go. Please support the SquatchIt Kickstarter and get in on the ‘Big-Time Bigfoot Fun’!,” says Christopher Oliver, co-inventor of the Squatchit Sasquatch Call.
SquatchIt has received the support of many popular Sasquatch and Bigfoot websites as well as celebrity endorsements and approvals including Bob Gimlin, of 1967 Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film fame and Cliff Barackman co-host of “Finding Bigfoot”.
SquatchIt is the world’s first Sasquatch and Bigfoot wild game call and novelty noisemaker. Designed to “Sound like a Squatch” and based on the general consensus of what many researchers believe a Sasquatch call would sound like, SquatchIt takes the idea of a battery-free novelty noisemaker to a whole new level. For more information about the Sasquatch sound device or information regarding the upcoming Kickstarter launch, visit squatchit.com.

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CRYPTOLINK: Letter: Belief in the ‘wild man of the woods’ has faded

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Before Bigfoot, a supposedly hairy, ape-like, bipedal creature was reported to be roaming our land. There were countless 19th and early 20th century stories about American feral wild men, allegedly hairy, man-like beings, in newspapers across the country. 

It was once believed that the environment could actually change the species of individuals during their lifetimes such that people living in the wilderness could revert to an animalistic state and grow a coat of fur over their bodies. Though hunted, none of them were ever verifiably caught.

And some of these wild men stories came from right here in Delaware County. From a May 5, 1895, article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, we learn that the “residents of Birmingham,” today Chadds Ford, were excited over a “wild man of the woods” and that someone was detained as such but later released. That paper’s Sept. 4, 1919 edition gave an account of one of them entitled “Hairy wild man loose in Leiperville section, cries oo-oo! and mag mag!” Leiperville is a community in Ridley Township. 

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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.

CRYPTOLINK: Question about Hairy Man or Bigfoot in our land

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Illustration by AI
Here is an illustration of a Hairy Man that was observed hiding and peeking through brush in the Askinuk Mountains by a witness many years ago.

By now, you may have read over a dozen stories of sightings of Hairy Man in the Y-K Delta. We still have many more stories that we have collected and will be publishing in future issues.

As you know or might be learning, the Hairy Man is a creature of the wilderness but is always remaining hidden from humans. It is much taller than a man, and is hairy all over except for the face, hands and feet. It has long arms and a massive body. Its hair varies in color, from jet black, to brown or blonde, and sometimes white. They said the aged Hairy Man creatures turn white with age just like humans.

It is rare to have one sighting a year in the Y-K Delta, but rarer still when we’ve had at least three sightings this year (so far) in 2013. We’ve told one of those stories, the sighting near Nelson Island by the Qalvinraq River. The other unpublished stories are in Mt. Village and St. Mary’s.

However, we are also getting a lot of questions and comments from readers about the creature known as Bigfoot by other people and cultures. One main question is, “Why are there so many Bigfoots being seen nowadays in our lands (the Y-K Delta)?”

The answer is, the creature may have around as long as the humans have inhabited the planet. They appear to be a rare wilderness animal however. They are not just in the Y-K Delta, but many locations in North America. The sightings of them published in The Delta Discovery are events that happened far and few between. Most of us might have never heard of them until now, as we are providing a platform for the stories to be told.

Some sightings happened many years ago and are finally getting into print. Some stories happened in the last 20 years and even those sightings are separated by much time, but putting them into our newspaper makes them seem like the sightings are happening more frequently, when the opposite is actually true.

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DALE DRINNON: Philippino longneck, wyvern, Benny's Blogs, Cedar and Willow

New at Frontiers of Zoology:

New at Benny's Other Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:

New at Cedar and Willow:

This is essentially a notice that Cedar and Willow is now "Closed for repairs" (Blogger bugs have been hard on C&W and I find that many of the photos posted earlier are now missing or are scattered in disarray and that furthermore some of the text has been removed.)
Best Wishes, Dale D.


Those of us of a certain age will remember that in early 1975 the shops were flooded with a Pink Floyd album called 'Winter Tour 1974.' The packaging was such high quality that many people assumed that it was official. However, the sound quality was not what one would have hoped for, and it was - of course - a bootleg. Now it is available officially as an extra on the superduper all mod cons version of 'Wish you were here.' It is absolutely awesome to be able to hear these awesome recordings, which comprise early live versions of songs from WYWT and 'Animals', in proper quality for the first time. I was always more fond of the early versions of 'Raving and Drooling' and 'You Gotta be Crazy', even that the officially released songs, and 'Animals' is my favourite Pink Floyd album. What a nice way to start the day.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
Today's Track of the Day is especially for all the Yorkshiremen in the audience
The saga of Eric Burdon's Israel concert finally grinds to a halt as the concert goes ahead
*  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. What is the difference between a rhino and a Victorian hatstand?

A. A rhino is a large mammalian quadruped, whereas a Victorian hatstand is an item of furniture designed to protect headwear from mice, and which dates from between the mid 19th Century to 1901.

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

Now for the news...

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  • Cincinnati Zoo to try incest to save Sumatran rhin...
  • Be Mine! Why Monogamy Evolved in Mammals
  • Hope for Tigers Lives in Sumatra
  • Researchers creating database of bones from every ...
  • Wild dog pack spotted at Mid-South association
  • Stowaway cat found on freighter from Philippines t...
  • Japan to start stem-cell study on humans
  • Mystery soap thief unmasked as gang of squirrels

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