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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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2011, according to the predictions of Harold Camping, a Christian radio DJ, the world was due to end. Camping claimed that the faithful would be taken up to heaven in the rapture at this point. Either there were not a great deal of people left deemed worthy of being raptured or he was insane or lying (my money's on the latter) because if it did happen nobody noticed. Still at least his followers didn't do a mass suicide like Heavens Gate did when told a similar tale (which insistently, is why you shouldn't mess about with being in a cult, kids). When the May date passed without incident Camping said that there had been some sort of judgement on the date, but the actual date of the rapture and the destruction of the entire universe (sucks to be aliens I guess) would be in October 2011. Camping had a stroke in June 2011 and stopped most work and interviews and October also passed without incident. After this rather than making any more predictions about the date of the end of the world he said he had been sinful to even try to predict it. He died in December 2013, the Universe having outlasted him by at least 6 months and counting.

And now the news:

  • UK overseas wildlife 'needs protection'
  • Are Cats Smarter Than Dogs?
  • Panda restoration efforts look at digestive system...
  • Why Scores of Fish Went Belly-Up at Los Angeles Se...
  • 'Vicious' New Praying Mantis Discovered in Rwanda
  • Limited connectivity among brown bear populations ...
  • Baby mammoth goes on display in UK
  • PICTURES: Huge shark caught near popular North Dev...
  • 24-Year-Old Poppy Is World's Oldest Living Cat

  • It's the end of the world as we know it:

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