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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Monday, August 18, 2014

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

5 facts about… the Loch Ness Monster
Our fascination with the Loch Ness Monster goes back to 1933, when Mr and Mrs Spicer made the wild claim that a beast crossed the road right in ...

Did King Kong inspire the myth of the Loch Ness monster?
But now it has been claimed that King Kong gave birth to the myth of the Loch Ness monster.New research from... Read More Source: The New 

Loch Ness Monster film 1996 sighting Urquart Castle Inverness
Loch Ness Monster film 1996 sighting Urquart Castle Inverness. Use the slider above to repeat the part of the video! Related Videos. 00:49:45

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:


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.

  • NEWSLINK: New York’s big cat handling ban awaits ...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big cats spotted in the Cotswolds

  • NEWSLINK: WWF mistakenly radio-collars same big ca...

    This Man Claims Bigfoot Threw a Rock at Him
    Bigfoot really screwed up this poor man's camping trip. This man was camping at Taylorsville Lake, Kentucky when he heard a “loud howl” which

    Local Sasquatch hunters, and other stuff you might have missed this week
    Both call Snohomish County a hot spot for bigfoot sightings. (Yes, they mean bigfoot with a lower-case B — meaning the species, as opposed to one 

    Renowned Biologist Carl Zimmer say "Bigfoot Could Exist"
    I will point out that a lot of Native American Tribes have folklore about a creature and creatures that are described exactly like what Big Foot and the 

    Summer Adventures in Louisiana: Honey Island Swamp, home to the 'Louisiana Wookie' (your ...
    Clearly, the Honey Island Swamp Monster is not a Bigfoot ... Monster popularizers instead equate the Honey Island reports with other "North American 

    The Chairback Pond Bigfoot encounter
    This story, published in 1908 by the Outing magazine was written by R.B. Nason. It tells of an encounter by a camper on the Orson Stream 

    Breakdown: The Rainy Bigfoot Footage
    The Paranormal Review: This was originally posted by Ghostsfootage, but no information was given about the location or the context of when the

    Bigfoot Legend Bob Gimlin Is Our Hero (Video)
    Caught on film over 40 years ago, the Patterson-Gimlin footage is the most important piece of evidence of Bigfoot in history. Is it real? According to Bob ...

    Grimerica Talks Sasquatch with Brian Brown of The Bigfoot Show
    The Bigfoot Show is an occasionally produced, unscripted, unrehearsed, and sometimes moderately humorous discussion of the world of bigfoot.

    Kentucky Bigfoot Witness Gives Details of Sighting
    Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
    On rare occasions there are multiple witnesses to a bigfoot sighting. Such was the case in Kentucky on July 16, 2013. The second witness gives 

    Bigfoot of the Rocky Mountians
    Two photos of a Bigfoot (Sasquatch) taken 8-18-2012 in the Rocky Mountains. BigfootBlogger. Continue Reading > ...

    Searching for Bigfoot in Cuyahoga Valley National Park Part 2
    The guys from Fathom Frontiers are back for part 2 of their Squatchin' excursion into Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio. Watch as the 

    The Pacific Northwest Bigfoot Footage
    David Paulides, a former police investigator, has applied his skills to questioning Bigfoot witnesses. The results he has achieved in gaining access to ...

    I'd Rather Run Into Bigfoot Than The Flatwoods Monster
    Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
    "Various descriptions of the entity exist. Most agree that it was at least 7 feet (2.1 m) tall and that it had a black face which appeared to glow from within

    Listen To These Strange Vocalizations From Mississippi
    These are possible bigfoot calls recorded by Brian Sons in the great state of Mississippi. I'm not sure what they are, but they are very creepy sounding ...

    Back Country Ranger Has Bigfoot Encounter in Yellowstone (Video)
    Kelly Shaw of the RMSO shares this story with us about a back-country ranger and his sighting of a bigfoot creature in Yellowstone

    The Bigfoot Attack of Chairback Pond Predates Patty by 60 Years
    “This story, published in 1908 by the Outing magazine was written by R.B. Nason. It tells of an encounter by a camper on the Orson Stream located ...

    The Bigfoot Connection
    If you haven't seen Bigfoot Road Trip, starring Cliff Barackman and Craig, definitely check it out. Craig produces the videos, and Cliff plays a leading 

    Bigfoot Researchers from Squatch Unlimited look for evidence in
    In this video, the team stands on the edge of a swamp in Mississippi and looks for sign that Bigfoot might be in the area. Some of the things we look for 

    Is This a Gigantic Foot Print at Bluff Creek?
    This footprint was discovered by Don Monroe and M.K. Davis at Bluff Creek California, where the famous Patterson Bigfoot film was taken. Though this ...

    Action Jackson's Bigfoot Sighting Fan Creek Yellowstone
    Action Jackson's Bigfoot Sighting Fan Creek Yellowstone. Paranormalo; uploaded: Aug 17, 2014; Hits: 1. Description: Description. Tags

    SouthEastern Ohio Society For Bigfoot Investigation
    Dan Nedrelo had some interesting prints for sale of Bigfoot at the Ohio Conference. He brought some wildlife prints as well that were equally stunning

    Dyer Consequences : A Bigfoot Tracker News Exclusive
    Bigfoot Tracker News has been fortunate enough to receive and report on quite a few exclusives, and we are grateful for that. This next exclusive ...

    New Sylvanic Bigfoot Video 2. A live action video analysis of a Sasquatch on a mountain.
    New Sylvanic Bigfoot Video 2. A live action video analysis of a Sasquatch on a mountain. Use the slider above to repeat the part of the video! Related ...

    Why are the Palms and Feet of the Patterson Bigfoot White? MK Davis analyses the famous footage
    Why are the Palms and Feet of the Patterson Bigfoot White? M. K. Davis analyses the famous footage. Sunday, August 17, 2014 16:14. % of readers 

    Detailed Account of Bigfoot Encounter in Missouri in 1997
    “If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you hear animals moving in the brush. It's not that rare. I didn't think much of it until we heard heavy breathing 

    Is this ancient Ute Indian cliff painting a depiction of Bigfoot?
    Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization: We locate in a Bigfoot sighting hot spot some ancient Ute Native American cliff paintings of animals. One of 


    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 - Tuesday
    The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there were no blog updates yesterday either for the CFZ or for Gonzo. The reason for this is simple. I was so knackered after the fifteenth Weird Weekend that I slept for something over thirty hours (punctuated by vague stretched of bleary awakeness when I was too tired and untogether to get out of bed) so I missed out Monday altogether. Never mind, boys and girls, we are back, and slowly maneuvering ourselves towards full steam ahead...
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#91) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Stuart Nicholson from Galahad on the cover and an interview with him inside. We have Merrell Fankhauser's Palmdale concert in pictures, and the story of what happened when the Gonzo grande fromage visited the stage adaptation of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. Rick Wakeman fans will find a critique of the new box set critiqued by Doug Harr. There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from Canterbury Sans Frontières and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny (hopefully fully recovered from his recent illness) a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos (OK, no weird little 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!!!
    A couple of links are missing, and the date for Tim and Jaki's show is wrong, but this is because we rushed it out to have it finished before the great and the good of Forteana descended on us for the Weird Weekend. I hope they will forgive me.

    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
    As well as the Gonzo Weekly, there is a daily service called - wait for it - The Gonzo Daily, and you can subscribe for free HERE:
    *  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?


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  •  AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)