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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Sunday, August 25, 2013


The following comic book ‘Mickey Mouse and the Medicine Man’ was released by Disney in 1951. In the strip, Mickey and Goofy discover a new medicine called ‘Peppo’ that represents amphetamine (speed). Their enthusiasm for the chemical pick-me-up leads them to become salesman for the product in Africa:
Mickey Mouse and Goofy Try Speed
Mickey Mouse Sells Speed

During the 1950’s, a number of stimulant and sedative drugs were widely used and were promoted in the mainstream media. At the time, many amphetamines were available over the counter without a prescription, including Benzedrine.

KARL SHUKER - The Celestial Stag of China

Karl Shuker unveils the celestial stag - a real stinker of a beast from Chinese folklore.

Read on...


Sunday comes around so fast
but yes, another week has passed
so boys and girls, again its time
to do the Gonzo blogs in rhyme
It's self indulgent (that I know)
but it amuses me and so
once a week in rhyme I feed ya
the latest from Gonzo Multimedia
And we'll kick off now (I think we'd better)
with issue 40 of the newsletter
which has almost turned into a magazine
its available now (if you know what I mean)
Last weekend Judge Smith was here
at The Weird Weekend down in Devonshire
he gave a great talk to the world and his wife
about his theories on the afterlife
And now let's Go to Texas Thom
an Austin Poet originally from
somewhere in the antipodes
where he learned to write poems like these
And now the answer to your prayers
I've chosen a song by Kevin Ayers
to be our Track of the Day today
and so there's nothing left to say
And now a tribute to Mick Farren
cos since his death the world's seemed barren
so listen now, it's good and fine
by the real music club online
Here's some exclusive words and pics
on the band who invented space rock licks
in Bournemouth town on friday night
Graham was there, it was quite a sight
And that's enough poetry for now
but we'll be back next week (and how!)

*  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:
* 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 his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. 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 cat?


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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

DALE DRINNON: Esau and Seirim, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: Tony Whitehead

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: The Quiz

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1835 the “The Great Moon Hoax” comensed in the New York Sun. If you want to know more about this wonderful bit of humbug you can read my article on the subject here: http://forteanzoology.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/crypto-cons-great-moon-hoax.html
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  • It's a song that mentions moons and it's good, what more could you ask of today's vaguely related video?