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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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CFZ CANADA: Nothing to See Here

It has been an extraordinarily slow crypto-news year here in Canada.  We've had a couple of nibbles, but aside from the guy investigating Bigfoot in an Ontario pot field and a strange noise out of BC, it's a matter of All's Quiet on the Northern Front.
Some year's are like this.  The local fauna just doesn't come out to play with the Cryptozoologists.  Bessie keeps to her depths and Sasquatch is building a bunker to hide from the recently crowd-sourced drone project FoxNews called the latest Canadian bigfoot video too inconclusive--and they are the masters of making mountains out of molehills.

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KARL SHUKER: Making My Debut on 'Coast To Coast AM'

Karl Shuker debuts on 'Coast To Coast AM' to chat about his new book Mirabilis and cryptozoology.

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CRYPTOLINK: The 'Burg's Loch Ness Named Old Hitler

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.

What is gigantic, may or may not exist, and prowls murky waters? No, we’re not talking about the Loch Ness Monster. There is a different legend to ponder in Tampa Bay. These are the waters where the fabled Old Hitler hammerhead shark supposedly dwells.

He is the T-Rex of Tampa Bay, the King Kamehameha. “He was bigger than the fishing boat!” they say. “Head as wide as a pickup truck!” Others echo. The legend of Old Hitler, mostly fueled by the fishermen who claim he devoured prize fish off their lines, has a storied past immortalized in spoken word and even song.

The local "rock 'n reel" band Scotty Lee and the Treble Hooks have a song titled “Going Shark Fishing at the Skyway Bridge Pier” about a character named Santiago, after Ernest Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea hero, that hooks Old Hitler. In the linked video above, Steve Arvey, who recently performed at The Palladium, makes a special guest appearance.

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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.


The blogs are going on hiatus while I am working on making up a couple of books out of samples taken from blog entries and arranged for smoother reading. I am doing my own illustrations of course.
Best Wishes, Dale D.


The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
I'm not terribly well again today, but I shan't dwell on it because you chaps are probably sick and tired of hearing about how I'm sick and tired. Imminent from Gonzo Books is the reissue of Dan Wooding's cracking book 'King Squealer'which I designed and laid out. It's a good'un. Mike Davis' music continues to get nice compliments from all sides, please go and 'like' his Facebook page if you haven't already done so. He is a nice guy and I will make him some sort of a star if it kills me.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
A cheesemaker who names his water buffalo after famous rock stars
EXCLUSIVE: Rob (Ayling) 'n' Rick (Wakeman). What and why?

*  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 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 are rhinos large, gray and wrinkled? 
A: If they were small, round and white they would be aspirins

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

Now for the news...

  • Outrage over shot badger
  • Small Trout Devours Nearly 20 Shrews
  • Darwin's Dilemma Resolved: Evolution's 'Big Bang' ...
  • How to identify UK animals
  • Firefighters save bearded dragon lizard’s life wit...
  • Pet snakes becoming a danger to humans and wildlif...
  • Hot summer helps boost butterflies
  • Bumblebee, extinct in UK, breeding again after rei...

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