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, December 31, 2012

CRYPTOLINK: Giant Snake attacks truck! Eye witness (Via Richard Freeman)

KITHRA: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Many people have written about this incident as it's not only a real mystery but remains, to this day, unsolved. It happened during the night of 2nd February, 1959, in the northern Ural Mountains on a mountain known as Kholat Syakhl. The mountain's name comes from the language of the endangered indigenous Mansi people of Russia. And it's a language that is, in many ways, very similar to Hungarian. A translation of the mountain's name means Mountain of the Dead, so it's somewhat chilling that the incident should have occurred there. Because it happened the event has come to be known as the Dyatlov Pass incident after the name of the leader of the group to which it happened.

DALE DRINNON: African bears, Atlantis, bigfoot, Benny's Blogs

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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. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

Berkeley Law Students Charged In Vegas Bird Decapi...


And so here we are at the end of another year - my fifty-fourth year on the planet. The New Year starts tomorow, with all the possibilities, threats and promises that this entails. Thank you for having stuck with us during 2012, and I hope that you continue to do so in 2013. Hold on tight, it might well be a bumpy ride.
The Gonzo Track of the Day is specifically for Gonzo Artists, but occasionally, being editor, I choose a song which has a lot to do with the day, and nothing to do with the company...
I think that Peter McAdam is one of the funniest people with whom I have ever been involved.
Corky Laing's new project sounds absolutely incredible. Here, for the second day running he explains it all
Liam Davison's new album took me completely by surprise

*  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:
*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?


Who - or what - were the Nephilim? Karl Shuker enters his Eclectarium in search of answers.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1552 the Elizabethan ocultist and astrologer Simon Foreman ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Forman ) was born.
And now the news:

  • 2012’s Noteworthy Species-A roundup of species tha...
  • Some Drivers Intentionally Run Over Turtles, Clems...
  • Two Bengal tiger cubs rescued from a dry water tan...
  • Starvation Didn't Wipe Out Sabertooth Cats
  • Flaming-Orange Shellfish Reef Found in Scotland
  • Call of the wild
  • Dragonfly Shows Human-Like Power of Concentration
  • Pooches have their cake and eat it in Japan for Ch...

  • Astrology and ocultism are still practised by experts of the craft: