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, November 01, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot In The Adirondacks

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WHITEHALL, N.Y. -- The Adirondack Mountains have many tales to tell, and likely keep even more secrets. The town of Whitehall, NY is tucked away in the southeast corner of the range -- population a little over two thousand -- and for the most part, it's a quiet place to live. But spend some time in it's deep forests, or hike its brooding mountains, and you might come to understand why many folks in town think something strange is out there. 

 Accounts of Bigfoot sightings have become legend over the years, a cultural phenomenon, evolving from tales whispered around a campfire to questionable accounts documented on reality TV. But Whitehall has been a hot bed of Bigfoot activity for hundreds of years. Paul Bartholomew is an author and Whitehall resident. He's been researching this pheomena for almost 40 years.

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CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot in Maine? 10-foot-tall ‘wild man’ was killed in 1886, newspapers reported

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. 

WATERVILLE — In the same month the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York in 1886, a handful of newspapers in New England published stories about a deadly encounter in the Maine woods involving what today likely would be termed “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch.”

The story of the 10-foot-tall “wild man” with 7-foot-long arms and hair growing all over his face and body was reported in broadsheets of the time after first gracing the pages of the Waterville Sentinel, a weekly paper that no longer exists. The Waterville Morning Sentinel was established 18 years later in 1904.

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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.

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, Ohio Orangutan, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar and Willow

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The Gonzo Daily - Friday
I'm too old to do things by half.
                              Lou Reed
Today is a very exciting one for us at the CFZ. The Tasmania expedition will have all met up on the island, and the expedition in search of the CFZ Totem Animal, the mystery animal most likely to exist, will be underway. This is the start of a long-term study by CFZ Australia and our thoughts and prayers are with them. I am sure that you will join me in wishing them Godspeed and a successful investigation. There will be updates over the next few weeks - watch this space.
Last night I watched the BBC Imagine film on Jimi Hendrix, which will be - I believe - available up there for another 40-something days. It didn't reveal anything much that I didn't already know, but there were some really good bits of unseen performance video, and some interesting snippets of Jimi's home movies. The thing that I found particularly interesting, however, was how shocking his image is, even now. In quite a lot of rock documentaries I have watched recently the protagonists look very staid by modern standards: in the DVD about Paul McCartney and the counterculture from Chrome Dreams that I reviewed recently, for example, McCartney looks like a trendy estate agent rather than a bastion of the permissive society. But Hendrix's image is still shocking: an anarchic but oddly dignified wildman, with an impish grin, who channelled some ancient Eleusinian ceremonial, or the celebrant of a Bacchanalian orgy. It is still shocking; in 1967 it must have been mindblowingly devastating.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Gonzo Weekly #50 is out this weekend. There has never been a better time to subscribe

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*  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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1141 Empress Matilda was usurped as ruler of England by King Stephen during the civil war known as 'the anarchy.' Matilda was the only ruler of England to have been an empress of the Holy Roman Empire and she was also England's first female ruler.
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