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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Thursday, November 28, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: North American Bigfoot: Sanderson Inscription to Jerry Crew

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While filming volume two of Bigfoot Road Trip, I was treated by seeing (and holding and caressing) many lost treasures of bigfoot history. Among them was this little gem.

CRYPTOLINK: Searching for a monster

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LAKE CITY, Minn. (KTTC) -- Most of us have probably heard of the Loch Ness Monster. Legend has it that we have one of those swimming in the depths of Lake Pepin right here at home-- and two national TV shows sent crews to Lake City this week to tell the story.

The Travel and Discovery Channels have gotten word of a monster we call Pepie and now Lake City will be featured nationally for it. NewsCenter's Jonathan Kegges and photographer Dymanh Chhoun followed the Travel Channel crew as they took to Lake Pepin by boat.

The story was passed down from generation to generation by Native Americans
"We couldn't see what was making it, but it was something very big right beneath the surface of the water, said Pearl of the Lake Captain Larry Nielson.

Read on...

CRYPTOLINK: Skunk ape video?

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. 

DALE DRINNON: Kokako, Neon Flying Squid, Raystown Ray and Snoligosters, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
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New at Cedar and Willow:
And New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
Besty Wishes, Dale D.


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
I had a doctor's appointment mid morning so, although I did some bloggystuff before I went, I am doing the vast majority of it now. Graham and I were on TV last night, and although I haven't seen it yet (and quite possibly won't bother) apparently it was OK. Weirdly, as I was leaving the consulting room and limping down the corridor a pretty young nurse came rushing up to me and gasped "Oooh you were on TV last night, this is so exciting!" I muttered something appropriate and signed the proffered NHS appointment pad with my name and a scribbled picture of a chicken (which probably confused her). In these decadent days, Television is the new God, and anyone who appears on TV (even for ten minutes talking about 'The Great Devon Mystery' of 1851, is fleetingly endowed with this neodivinity. I really find it most disturbing. But it is only a month until Christmas and I always find myself becoming more elderly and cantankerous as the old year shambles to a halt. Bah! PS If anyone wants to see it, it is on the ITV version of iPlayer, and it is 'Mystery Map Episode 2'. If anyone can actually bootleg it for me, I would be rather pleased...
Rick Wakeman Expands Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Tour Plans
Fairport announce first festival acts for Cropredy Convention
Music Premiere: XNA – The Flying Dutchman (featuring Billy Sherwood)
*  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?


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.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1968 the author Enid Blyton died. Blyton could churn out children's books at a phenomenal rate, roughly 800 books in about 40 years, which is an achievement in itself.
And now the news:

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  • Nature Studies: Animals are also victims of war - ...
  • Polar bear numbers in Hudson Bay of Canada on verg...
  • Seahorses stalk their prey by stealth
  • Contented Males Fare Better With the 'Ladies'
  • The keeping of exotic animals as pets should be re...
  • In Images: Rare Amur Leopard Cubs Spotted on Camer...

  • Hong Kong returns 33 rhino horns to South Africa

  • One of Enid Blyton's most famous creations was Noddy, which told of a taxi driver's living nightmare surrounded by ultra terrestrials and animate toys quite clearly possessed by the spirits of dead children. Here he is in an adventure involving a very demanding pink pussy: