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, September 06, 2013

DALE DRINNON: Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:

CRYPTOLINK: East Texas home to majority of Bigfoot sightings

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.
(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - East Texas is home to a variety of animals, but some people claim there is a creature lurking under the canopy of pines and hardwoods, in the swampy areas and in some cases not far from major populated areas such as Tyler.
The creature has various names, such as the Woolybooger, Saquatch, the Old Man and of course Bigfoot.
As a movie crew wraps up filming in the Mineola area on a movie titled "The Bigfoot Wars," the tales of the elusive creature start to creep back into our minds.
What was that snap in the woods? Could it have been a Sasquatch?
Former Texas Park and Wildlife Game Warden Chris Green chuckled and said he had talked to many people who had claimed they had seen something they believed could have been the creature.
"You go into the deer camps and you'll hear stories about how someone saw one of them. There are a lot of people that swear they have seen something, but a lot of it is just old folklore," he said.
But believers point to the hundreds of sightings across the nation over the past decade — and the Tyler area is not immune to the sightings.
The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy (TBRC), claims East Texas is home to the majority of reported sightings, partly due to the vast amounts of forested land and ample water supply.


This Sunday, 8th September, Ryedale Aquarist Society will be holding an Open Day at Middleton Village Hall, Pickering, N. Yorks. YO18 8PA.
Doors open at 10.00a.m.
At 11.00a.m. leading reptile and amphibian expert Mr. Martin Lees will be speaking on 'creating a vivarium with running water'.  Martin will be bringing with him various reptiles and amphibians.
At 1.30p.m. Fish Curator Mr. Andrew Mcleod will speak on 'the work of The Deep Public Aquarium at Hull'.
Sales table for fish and aquatic items.
10 Class Mini-Open Show for all types of tropical freshwater and coldwater fish.  YAAS rules and standards apply.
Fun quiz.
Experts on all aspects of the aquarium hobby will be with us to answer your fishkeeping questions.
Entry is free but the members ask that you bring along a food item to add to the shared lunch.

KARL SHUKER: A Potted (or Jugged?) History of Horned Hares

Karl Shuker is definitely hare-brained today!

Read on...


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.


The more eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that I am posting this insanely early in the morning. Well, insanely early for me, that is. I chatted to Rob Ayling for a couple of hours last night, then ate a curry and settled down to watch my nightly dose of Wodehouse Playhouse via YouTube. Corinna and I went to bed just before three, accompanied by the retinue of large dog, small dog and two kittens that seems to accompany my lovely wife wherever she goes these days. I tried to settle to sleep, but I don't know whether it was fighting the animals for a minuscule corner of the quilt, or what, but I couldn't sleep. So I came downstairs at about 5:00am and pootled about for a while before deciding that I might as well just get on with the tasks of the day...
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: A snip at $139.89 for the avid Rick Wakeman collector
Steve Howe’s first impressions of Yes’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart”
*  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 54 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

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1972 Idris Elba was born. Elba has stared in the movies, Pacific Rim, Thor and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance as well as playing the title character of the fantastic detective series Luther.
And now the news:
  • Frogs That Hear With Their Mouth: X-Rays Reveal a ...
  • World’s oldest cat Cola prepares to celebrate 28th...
  • Fred the ferret goes on hour-long rampage attackin...
  • Simon King: Badger cull science is skewed to appea...

  • The trailer for series 3 of Luther: