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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Saturday, September 28, 2013

MYSTERIOUS WORLD: The Hunt For The World's Missing Apemen

HMMMMM: Man's Terrifying Encounter With 2 Angry Sasquatch!!


In August 1878 George Chapman, of whom I and as far as I`m aware posterity know nothing, wrote to the American magazine Forest and Stream about 2 mystery animals called the Whapperknocker (Connecticut) and the Cuba (New England) mentioned in the “General History of Connecticut”. The link to the Forest and Stream account  is here:  http://ia601208.us.archive.org/BookReader/BookReaderImages.php?id=Foreststream11&itemPath=%2F8%2Fitems%2FForeststream11&server=ia601208.us.archive.org&page=n119_w1529 (1)
 The headline is AN EXTINCT ANIMAL but the story covers several animals,especialy the Cuba.Not to be confused with the tropical Socialist paradise of the same name.

This General History of Connecticut is `A general history of Connecticut,from its first settlement under George Fenwick, to its latest period of amity with Great Britain prior to the revolution; including a description of the country, and many curious and interesting anecdotes.With an appendix,pointing out the causes of the rebellion in America;together with the particular part taken by the people of Connecticut in its promotion. Samuel Peters 1829. (2)

  1. Forest and Stream . Vol. 1.  1877-8
  2. Downloadable at http://archive.org/details/generalhistoryof00peter  see index. 


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.


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. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

  • NEWSLINK: Spot Bot News
  • NEWSLINK: Big cats are 'a myth'
  • UK SIGHTINGS - Mysterious big cats still grab the ...
  • AUSTRALIA SIGHTINGSS: Mystery big cats roaming 193...

    The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
    We were up late last night waiting for the arrival of younger stepdaughter (Olivia) and her new beau (who appears to be delightful). For some reason I (quite possibly not unconnected with the activities of the kittens) couldn't sleep, so at about 3:00 I got up again, came downstairs and wrote a large chunk of this weekend's Gonzo Weekly which will (BTW) be out later today or tomorrow. I have spent much of the last two days reading and re-reading a remarkable book about the KLF and their links (witting and unwitting) to chaos magic, The Discordians, and various other things that I know something about. Various acquaintances of mine are bit players in the book, and the whole thing makes sense of things which have been puzzling, and vaguely troubling me for decades. Watch this space!
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
    Today's Track of the Day is by the Edgar Broughton Band
    Adrian Belew not asked to be in new King Crimson lineup
    A nassively expensive Pink Floyd item in the Cabinet of Curiosities

    *  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, 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 cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    Today, in the United States of America, is ask a stupid question day. Apparently it is to encourage school children to ask more questions in the classroom, they must do things differently in the States as when I used to do that in school it only succeeded in antagonizing my teachers.

    And now the news:

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  • Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer: