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, May 30, 2014

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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



The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

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  • NEWSLINK: The World's Oldest Cat's Secret to Etern...

    Who Was Jerry Crew and Why Was He Important to Bigfoot?
    Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
    Join us LIVE tonight as Rev. Jeff and David Batdorf talk the show back to basics and bring to you a show like we have never done before. The Bigfoot 

    Skepchick: Bigfoot erotica, bad bar signs, and bird names
    Skepchick: Bigfoot erotica, bad bar signs, and bird names. I read Bigfoot erotica for research – I'm just glad someone's doing it so we don't have to

    Bigfoot Sighting
    TODAY IN BIGFOOT HISTORY! 1989, Monkey Mountain, Montana: Man Sees Bigfoot. Dennis Starcavich claims while walking through Monkey

    I Read Bigfoot Erotica For Research
    The atmosphere in the barn suddenly shifted…my fear had morphed into something different, and my sole focus was on my Bigfoot. –Moan For Bigfoot ...

    Bigfoot Hunter – Teaser Trailer Release
    Today, The Tap Lab, an indie game development studio, released a teaser trailer for their upcoming game, Bigfoot Hunter. The trailer shows a bit

    Bigfoot North Radio Archive: John Mionczynski
    Cryptomundo » Bigfoot North Radio Archive: John Mionczynski.

    Check out the new trailer for bigfoot horror movie 'Willow Creek'
    The bigfoot legend gets a found footage twist in the new horror movie Willow Creek. Directed by comedian-turned-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait — who ...

    Watch This 2014 Ohio Bigfoot Conference Photo Montage
    When it comes to the bigfoot community, you have some very recognizable names. Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, Todd Standing, Jeff Meldrum

    Massive suspect Bigfoot Territorial structure
    Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization: Derek and Shelly hike up to a massive structure we suspect was made by Bigfoot in this area with a long

    News amazingly see Bigfoot in a forest Wisconsin
    News amazingly see Bigfoot in a forest Wisconsin Linda Godfrey, investigator & author of 'American Monsters, God Johnson & The Beast of Bra

    Questionable Tree Arch, was it Bigfoot? You tell us
    David Crane: Possible Bigfoot tree arch , Log is laying on small tree top . My question is how did tree fall and capture salping to create an arch.

    Is it time to call BS in the Bigfoot Community?
    Recently there have been some people claiming obvious stumps or rocks are Bigfoot and acting very rude and condescending to anyone that 

    Bigfoot Hunter: Official Teaser Trailer!
    We're so excited to share a first look at the world of Bigfoot Hunter! Almost a year ago, the team decided to spend one sleepless night breathing life ...


    What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

    Well, everything actually!

    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. 


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    This afternoon we received five Japanese fire-bellied newts which are now (thanks to Charlotte) safely ensconsed in a tank in the sitting room. Mike Davis will be recording here again this evening, and so the fact that I am running extraordinarily late is a mild problem. However we had friends here this afternoon and a whole string of telephone calls also conspired to make things more complicated than they otherwise would have been...
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Chris Judge Smith - Curly's Airships - "A byronic sort of blighter" (with Hammill)
    Eric Burdon, A Conversation With Rock and Roll’s Original animal
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly, can be read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Steve Ignorant (late of Crass) on the cover and features exclusive interviews with the man himself, Ken Pustelnik (late of The Groundhogs), exclusive live accounts of The Pink Fairies triumphant return, and Clepsydra's appearance at Rosfest, and a poignant article by Richard Stellar entitled The Inspiration of a Holocaust Survivor and Hero about how the story of Curt Lowens inspired composer Sharon Farber. There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich (this week they are in their submarine off the coast of Australia with special guest Lyn Paul) from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Victorian flues (OK, no 19th Century heating ducts, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    The full list of artists in #79 is Yes, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison, Steve Ignorant, Ken Pustelnik, The Pink Fairies, Led Zeppelin, Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, The Beach Boys, Mick Harvey, Judge Smith, Michael des Barres, Merrell Fankhauser, Galahad, Auburn, Liz Lenten, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Wise Williams, Barbara Dickson, Keith Levene, Marianne Faithfull, Grace Slick, Transatlantic, Sub Reality Sandwich, Friday Night Progressive, Jean Philippe Rykiel, Joey Molland, David Jackson & Rene van Commenee, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Clearlight, Planet Earth Rock ‘n’ Roll Orchestra, Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, Tumblewild, Hollis Brown, PFM, Richard Stellar, Clepsydra, Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond, Carlos Santana, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elvis Presley, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lives & Times, Twelfth Night, Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows
    All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
    *  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: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
    * 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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

    WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

    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 can you tell that a rhinoceros has been in your fridge?

    A By the footprints in the custard. 

    Ha Ha! That was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

    Now for the news....

  • Full Moon Lures Ferocious Muskie Fish to Bite
  • Bats and badgers may be rehomed for Thame developm...
  • Fish more inclined to crash into each other than b...
  • New Zealand to speed up its shark-finning ban
  • Wasp uses zinc-tipped drill to lay eggs
  • 'Listening' helps scientists track bats without ex...
  • Australian tour operator bans elephant rides in As...

  • Asian relative of cane toad threatens Madagascar h...
  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: