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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, February 23, 2014

CREATIONIST ANTICS: Unprecedented Attack On Evolution 'Indoctrination' Mounted In Missouri

by Dylan Scott posted on February 20, 2014 03:02PM GMT 

A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would require schools to notify parents if "the theory of evolution by natural selection" was being taught at their child's school and give them the opportunity to opt out of the class.
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The bill had its first public hearing Thursday after being introduced in late January.

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES



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. 








    TODAY'S BIG CAT ROUND UP


    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. 




    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH GIRL WAXES POETIC


    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday


    I have been asked to try and type this in rhyme
    I would probably be better doing it in mime
    "It's tradition, it's Sunday, you must," Jon said
    So here I sit, in confusion, shaking my head.
    It is not my forte to write as a poet
    And once you have read this, you sure will know it
    But I hope you will give me at least eight out of ten
    For trying at least. I would be happy then.
    It is two in the morning, I thought you should know
    I've been yawning for hours, it's really time I should go
    to sleep with the dogs, and cats, in a huddle.
    Because my brain is beginning to muddle.
    It's the last day of posting
    These blogs that I'm hosting
    I will see you again soon
    I hope you like today's tune....

    Ex-Yes Singer Jon Anderson: Fond Memories of Houston's "Space Dome"
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/02/ex-yes-singer-jon-anderson-fond.html
    Original Kinks drummer Mick Avory returns to Twickenham Eel Pie Club
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/02/original-kinks-drummer-mick-avory.html
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Small Faces - Lazy Sunday (ca 1976)
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/02/gonzo-track-of-day-small-faces-lazy.html

    Issue 66 of The Gonzo Weekly features an EXCLUSIVE Corky Laing interview, various tributes to the Norse Gods' last battle Ragnarok, exclusive Hawkwind Space Ritual rehearsals, the return of the mighty Six Foot Three, Clepsydra box set details, news about Hawkwind live this weekend, a pork pie fight, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and packets of fruit chews (OK, no special chewy sweets, 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 COMPLETELY FREE!!!

    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of this and future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe http://eepurl.com/r-VTD

    PS: If you are already a subscriber but think that you haven't been receiving your copies please check your spam filters. For some reason known only to the Gods of the internet, some e-mail programmes automatically count the magazine as 'spam' probably because it comes from a mass mailer. Either that or they are just jealous of our peerless content.

    *  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.ukIf 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?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today
    http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

    On this day in 1995 James Alfred Wight died. Wight was better known by his pen name James Herriot under which he wrote several books about the often humorous ins and outs of being a rural vet,  known as the All Creatures Great and Small series.
    And now the news:



  • Reindeer get glow in the dark antlers
  • 5,000-year-old forest unearthed by storms: Beach w...
  • The sticky toes of a gecko inspire new adhesive ta...
  • Endangered black-footed ferret and its plague-impa...
  • Aquarium optimistic over washed ashore turtle's re...
  • Protect and Serve — Including the Animals (Op-Ed)
  • Tiny grey seal pup found orphaned on a Scottish be...


  • Two new butterfly species discovered in eastern US...

  • Mr Chinnery, the vet in “The League of Gentlemen” is a parody of James Herriot:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFGhYm61oUE