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, February 27, 2015


Sasquatch Watch: Is Bigfoot Hiding in Arkansas?
FOUKE, AR -- It's a creature with many names, Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and most notably known to people in Fouke, Arkansas, the Fouke Monster.

The Paranormal Review Announces Amazing Bigfoot Footage
They said it's one of the creepiest Bigfoot footage they've ever seen. When is it going to be released? We're not sure, but hopefully soon. We heard ...

Bigfooters Spot Possible Bigfoot During TV News Broadcast
Sasquatch hunters say they've possibly spotted Bigfoot in the news story. So Susanne brought the picture to experts in Fouke. [Update] The video is 

Bigfoot Recorded by Kids in Treehouse
Kids Terrified by Bigfoot, the Treehouse Footage . Paranormal Central: This one has been circulating for a while, but... bigfoot ...

Possible Bigfoot Filmed Carrying a Deer [VIDEO]
One turkey hunter claims to have filmed Bigfoot carrying a deer through the forest. Do you agree that it's truly the legendary Sasquatch?

Bigfoot Scares the Crap out of Bow Hunter
Bigfoot Scares Bow Hunter in tree stand on calm quiet evening, by pushing down large tree right beside him. Does Sasquatch Throw Rocks? Let's See 

FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a cancer-causing toxic chemical that’s fatal in high doses. But the real story is where this arsenic comes from: It’s added to the chicken feed purposely!

Even worse, the FDA says its own research shows that the arsenic added to the chicken feed ends up in the chicken meat where it is consumed by humans. So for the last sixty years, American consumers who eat conventional chicken have been consuming arsenic, a known cancer-causing chemical.

Until this new study, both the poultry industry and the FDA denied that arsenic fed to chickens ended up in their meat. The fairy-tale excuse story we’ve all been fed for sixty years is that “the arsenic is excreted in the chicken feces.” There’s no scientific basis for making such a claim, it’s simply what the poultry industry wanted everybody to believe.

Now the evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer of the chicken feed product known as Roxarsone has decided to pull the product off the shelves. Interestingly enough, the manufacturer that has been putting arsenic in the chicken feed for all these years is Pfizer — the very same company that makes vaccines containing chemical adjuvants that are injected into children.

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CFZ IN THE NEWS: Tasmanian tiger trackers return to island state for new expedition

International Tasmanian tiger buffs, from left, Tony Healy, Chris Clark, Michael Williams

International Tasmanian tiger buffs, from left, Tony Healy, Chris Clark, Michael Williams, Rebecca Lang and Lars Thomas have travelled to the island state in a continuing quest for proof that the fabled creature still exists. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN
AN international team of Tasmanian tigers trackers is back in the island state for another expedition to find the fabled creature.
The group of naturalists, headed by Mike Williams, returned last week to search for the thylacine, which was officially declared extinct in the early 1980s.
The last captive thylacine died in Hobart Zoo in 1936.
Joining Mr Williams on his latest six-week search will be zoologists and thylacine hunters from Britain and Denmark.
The expedition is being run by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, based in the UK and Australia, which investigates “mystery animals” considered rare, extinct or undiscovered.
It will be the group’s second expedition after travelling south in October 2013.
But Mr Williams, from New South Wales, has personally been searching for the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times for more than a decade
A stuffed Tasmanian tiger at the QVMAG in Launceston.
A stuffed Tasmanian tiger at the QVMAG in Launceston.
“If someone said to me when I first started that 10 years on we would still be getting tips — our last one was a year ago — I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said.
“With the increase of people using crash (dashboard-mounted) cameras, we believe a local using one might be a good chance of stumbling across a thylacine while driving.”
The five-person team arrived in the state last week and has already been following up tips and speaking to people who claim they spotted the animal in the state’s north.
They will explore areas around northern Tasmania for about four weeks before shifting their focus to the state’s isolated south-west.
“Tasmania is recognised as one of the most biologically rich places on the planet, so it makes sense that the Tasmanian tiger could survive in remote parts of the state,” Mr Williams said.

FORTEAN ART TERRORISM: The latest from Xtul

The next three days were quite possibly the longest, and the most emotionally charged of my adult life. I have no biological children of my own, but after getting together with Corinna in the spring of 2005 I soon began to love her two daughter a if they were my own. By the time that we got married two and a bit years later, I was thinking of them AS my own, and to be honest I don't think that I could love either of them any more than I do, even if they had been my own flesh and blood.

Although I was terribly excited at the prospect of becoming a grandfather for the first time, I was also acutely conscious of the fact that I was the only person in the family who had a qualification in any of the medical sciences, and as my nursing qualification was to look after handicapped people, the only obstetrics that I knew anything about we abnormal ones, and although I tried to continually remind myself that the human race had been successfully giving birth for hundreds of thousands of years with a fair amount of success, I was only too aware of what could go wrong. The text from Aaron which had cheered and encouraged the others, had done the complete opposite to me, and I was frankly terrified. However I didn't want anyone else to know that so I kept my own council, and went outside for as many cigarettes as I truthfully thought that I could get away with.

Just outside the main entrance of the hospital was a huge, stainless steel doughnut shaped sculpture. There was an engraved brass plaque below it explaining what it was meant to symbolise, but it was so encrusted with pigeon shit as to be illegible. I assume that because it was positioned outside the main entrance to that part of the hospital which housed the Maternity Wing, that the huge doughnut was meant to symbolise the female reproductive tract, but even to my mind that seemed a little crass, and laid it open to all sorts of amusing nomenclature of which the Latin Cloaca Maxima was the least offensive.

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WYRD: REFLEKTIONS - An evening of acoustic music in aid of the Small School in Hartland.

WyrdAfter a mildly depressing silence there is news from the wonderful world of Wyrd. Martin "4th Eden" Eve has been engrossed in his new project: Organik Reflektion that is exploring the sonic possibilities in field recordings or founds sounds, and will eventually culminate in an EP.

In the meantime, however, this has spawned REFLEKTIONS: An evening of acoustic music in aid of the Small School in Hartland.

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NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Staged 'Loch Ness Monster Attacks'

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Loch Ness Monster Attack by JustPranks


The Gonzo Daily - Friday
We returned last night and while Mother and Corinna did their own inimitable things, I settled into the office and transferred all the stuff I had written this week into the magazine template, and am feeling rather pleased with myself that despite having been away all week, roughly the same amount of work as usual has been copmpleted on the magazine. I would like to proffer big thanks to Graham who did a wonderful job while I was away. He is off on HIS travels tomorrow as it is his turn to pick up a hire car and travel across country..to see his mother.
The Gonzo Weekly #118
Hawkwind, Tempest, Eliza Carthy, Daevid Allen, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
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!
You can download the magazine in pdf form 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?


ON THIS DAY IN 1896 - The "Charlotte Observer" published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm. 

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