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, July 02, 2014

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: Another peculiar video from Mark Raines


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. 


    'Owl man' attacks elderly Swede with chainsaw

    "When he attacked her with the saw she screamed 'Jesus'," one of the woman's neighbours told the Aftonbladet paper.

    "It probably saved her life, because then he went back down to his apartment."

    The man still managed to attack her with the chainsaw, however, causing injuries to her head and hands. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

    Police arrested the man for attempted murder.

    The man's motive is thought to lie in a neighbourhood feud. He was going to be evicted on July 1st after multiple complaints from his neighbours, who reported him for playing animal noises at a high volume when he left home.

    Read on...


    Stabilized Patterson Bigfoot footage revealed
    Stabilized Patterson Bigfoot footage revealed - posted in Cryptozoology, Myths and Legends: The most stable ever version of the infamous Patterson 

    This Is The Second Time Bigfoot Has Been Sighted At This Fishing Spot
    Bigfoot is one of the yet-to-be-confirmed anomalies of the unknown. As many times as people snuff out the hope that the hairy creature exists, 

    Dr. Haskell Hart's Full Breakdown of The Ketchum Bigfoot DNA Paper
    Before getting into that, listen to this interview with David Paulides, who helped kick start the Ketchum Bigfoot DNA study. Paulides believes Bigfoot is 

    British Bigfoot Research: BBR investigate Yellowham Hill, Dorset
    Paul and Adam Bird from British Bigfoot Research (BBR) investigate Yellowham Hill woods in Dorset, where tales of the Woodwose go back many ...

    Virginia Man Claims That These Pictures Are Of Bigfoot
    40 year old Virginian Randy O'Neal claims he had a run in with the legendary creature Bigfoot while fishing with his father and a buddy earlier this ...

    DIMENSIONS: This Bigfoot sighting at Table Rock seems legit
    Over the decades, Table Rock Lake, and in fact the entire area encompassing Stone and Taney counties, have produced a steady stream of 

    Bigfoot hair samples mostly from bears, wolves
    LONDON (AP) — DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by

    Is Bigfoot lurking in Provo Canyon?
    KUTV Video of a purported Bigfoot sighting in Provo Canyon has racked up more than 100000 views on.

    Breakdown - Bigfoot Photographed In Virginia
    Breakdown - Bigfoot Photographed In Virginia. crypt0mundo; uploaded: Jul 1, 2014; Hits: 44. Description: Is this the real deal? Is this another stump?

    Yeti, Big Foot debunked: DNA reveals the bear facts
    Similarly crushing disappointment lies in wait for those who believe in Big Foot, the yeti's North American counterpart; in the almasty, the elusive

    Bigfoot hair samples ruled out through DNA analysis - CNET
    To date, not a single fossil or body has been found -- not of the North American Sasquatch or Bigfoot, not of the Himalayan yeti, not of the Russian ...

    Sorry that Bigfoot DNA came from a Raccoon
    Sorry, That 'Bigfoot DNA' Came from a Raccoon. ... Today,08:59 PM Country: Australia. Bigfoot is as evasive in the USA as Foxes are in Tasmania

    Clear Photo of Bigfoot or Stump Squatch?
    A man from Virginia says his father took a few photographs last Saturday of what he thinks may be a Bigfoot. The area where the pictures were taken is 

    Sykes Yeti DNA Study Published, Book and Expedition to Follow
    Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes has published his paper following his year long study of DNA samples taken from various cryptid researchers. The yeti 
    Subjecting 30 hairs purportedly from bigfoot, the yeti, and other mystery apes has revealed a menagerie of sources, but none of them giant primates ...

    SouthEastern Ohio Society For Bigfoot Investigation
    Who will be at Salt Fork this weekend for the conference? I don't have a ticket to listen to the speakers but I will go out on Saturday to visit with friends

    Is Bigfoot out there? Study analyzing hairs attributed to creature says they're mostly bears
    LONDON - DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. ... left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they 

    Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears
    sciencehabit writes: In North America, they're called Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In the Himalayan foothills, they're known as yeti or abominable snowmen

    Fishing Bigfoot Spotted In Virginia?
    Just a handful of days ago, Randy O'Neal's father got lucky and caught something with a flip phone camera. Bigfoot photos are, by necessity, blurry.

    'Bigfoot' hair samples undergo DNA analysis: Big mammals, yes. Bigfoot, no.
    'Bigfoot' hair samples, studied in collaboration between Bigfoot believers and geneticists, failed to reveal new primate DNA, but scientists may have 


    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday

    I am sorry if I am appearing elusive or evasive at the moment, but there is stuff going down at the moment that I would rather not talk about. So if you have tried to telephone me or email me in the last day or two, and are anxiously awaiting a reply, please bear with me. I will be back in contact in a day or two...
    John Shuttleworth creator Graham Fellows  'honoured' to open new centre for carers in Grimsby
    Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart "Make Believe It Real" US review

    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#84) is here to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Mick Abrahams on the front cover and features an exclusive interview with this legendary guitarist who amongst other things founded both Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig. It also has a letter from Daevid Allen in hospital, Echo and the Bunnymen live, an archive chat between Tim Rundall and Mick Farren and Keith Levene remembering his days as guitarist in The Clash. There are also new shows from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and boxing kangaroos (OK, no pugilistic marsupials, 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 featured is: Mick Abrahams, Yes, Jon Davison, Rick Wakeman, ABWH, Jon Anderson, Allman Brothers, Lana del Rey, Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean Cobain, Prince, Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, Robert Plant, Daevid Allen, Michael des Barres, Hunt Emerson, Keith Levene, Auburn, Liz Lenten, Atkins-May Project, Clepsydra, Renaissance, Galahad, Eric Burdon, Elvis Presley, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Felix Dennis, Eli Wallach, Gerry Conlon, Teenie Hodges, Bobby Womack, Clearlight, Rocket Scientists, Aviator, Ant-Bee, Steve Hillage, Erik Norlander, The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger, Neil Young, Echo & the Bunnymen, Mick Farren, Hawkwind, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Beatles, Erasure, Osmonds, One Direction, Spice Girls, Ozzy Osbourne, Monkees, Alice Cooper, Weird Weekend, Gazpacho, Subject to Thoughts, The Symphony of Screams, Nine Treasures
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    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?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    Welcome to the exact midpoint of the year! So exciting! There's something you can impress your work colleges and/or cat by telling them. For best results at noon, or 1pm in places with summer time in operation, look at your watch for a few seconds and say “Hang on, hang on... and that is the exact mid point of the year.” This will make you really popular and get you tons of suitors.
    And now the news:

  • Rare high brown fritillary butterfly helped by cat...
  • Early Life Pain May Affect the Next Generation
  • Brainy Fish Remember Tasty Treats for 12 Days
  • How do ants get around? Ultra-sensitive machines m...
  • Five-legged kangaroo? Telling the tale of a kangar...
  • Appeal launched to help save the Sumatran elephant...
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram Members 'Being Killed by Mysti...
  • Tiger leaps onto boat, snatches man in east India

  • Stuck in the middle: