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 13, 2013

Adding Monsters to Thrift Store Paintings

Have you ever been to a thrift store (think Goodwill or Salvation Army) and noticed that they usually carry a small selection of landscape paintings? Artists Chris McMahon and Thryza Segal decided to inject a little fun into these discarded works and give them a second life by adding monsters to the scenic landscapes.
The trick is to match the paint originally used (e.g., acrylic or oil) and try to blend the monsters into the original scene as if they were always there. It can be a challenge if the original is too textured or old but the results (below) speak for themselves. It’s a fun exploration and one the Sifter enjoyed. Hope you do as well!

Monster Artwork by CHRIS MCMAHON


When is a Hong Kong wild man not a Hong Kong wild man? When I get carried away with myself and think he was talking about a Yeren or something.... This note below is a clarification by Tung from the Gwulo.com web site. But I am following up the 'fairy' story he mentions (see below) and will follow up the Silver Chics (sic) too. Are there any silver-coloured baby birds in S. China, anyone?
“The long-eared wild man we saw , around 1953-54, was half-naked, perking on the bushland bordered between this hidden valley and the CLCY village. He was also seen covered with fur skin and leafy clothing with weird hair decorations from seashells, eyes so red like being on fires and voiced very low-pitched as a very old man. He was big, more hairy than normal, kind looking and quite majestic, like a Chief from the Amazon forest. His ears were very big, long and curled up with hairy tip on each top. He smoked with a very long bamboo pipe and seemed always on guard on his tiny territory with a rod like a prophet under the torching sun, sometimes eagles and ravens flying in circle in the sky above. More than once he wanted us to come closed to his den which was like an opening to some unknown shelter next to this forest. For the sake of our parental advice, we never accept his plea, our curiosity always directs our thinking that he might be a fairy because  his location was on the edge of the area known as Sen Yan Jiang which means The Fairy's Well.
real mystery,
and that's not the only fairy we knew (?) on the island.
Anyone know about this one: A legendary story of the " Flock of Silver Chics in the Bamboo Forest near Pai Tai Temple"
Believe it or not! “(1)

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The 38 Most Unexplainable Images On The Web



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: Bigfoot, Nessie and Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Benny's Other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


I was up until stupid o'clock last night finishing the latest episode of On The Track, which will be up later today. The section where Corinna goes through the latest bird news is particularly worth watching as both Corinna and cameraman Graham were terrorised by the kittens climbing all over them and generally creating mayhem. Those cats really are complete hooligans. Mike Davis arrives for four more day's recording at about 3:00. I am looking forward to it, and I would just like to thank Mark Raynes for all his support and kind words....
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: This Led Zeppelin poster may be signed and authenticated but it is insanely expensive
Interviewing The Rides' Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Barry Goldberg, Plus Talking with John Waite, and Exclusives by Sanders Bohlke and Cameron McGill
Corky Laing: Mountain Legendary Drummer talks about Brilliant Rock Opera Release (Video)
*  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 is away, so for today Yesterday'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: How do you know when a rhino's about to charge? 

A: He takes out his credit card.

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

Now for the news...

  • The Real Reason to Worry About Bees
  • Humpback Whale Populations Increase Off British Co...
  • Toward Making People Invisible to Mosquitoes
  • Two Shark Attacks in Shallow Florida Water
  • DNA study suggests hunting did not kill off mammot...
  • Otter spotted at new Somerset wetlands
  • Sipping Tarantula Venom Kills Crop-Eating Insects
  • Researchers Move Endangered Mussels to Save Them
  • Common dolphin rescued from the River Dee
  • New Evidence That Orangutans and Gorillas Can Matc...
  • Parasite Ants Drafted as Mercenaries
  • Mysterious Elk Deaths Plague New Mexico
  • Kenya rejects proposal to capture and exploit whal...
  • UK's rarest lizards return to sand dunes
  • Mystery Disease Killing Ohio Dogs
  • Western black rhino officially extinct
  • Kazakhstan’s saiga threatened by new border fence ...

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