At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Monday, 13 January 2014



On This Day in Weird, January 13....

1852: Crewmen aboard the whaling ship Monongahela allegedly harpoon a sea serpent near Palau, in the West Pacific. In death, they claim it measures 103 feet 7 inches, with a 10-foot-long head resembling an alligator's, jaws bristling with 94 curved teeth, each three inches long.

1863: Thomas Crapper unveils a one-piece pedestal flushing toilet.

1950: Airmen at New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base log a UFO sighting. An official report declares: "Observable celestial phenomena or planets that may account for the sighting: None."

1958: An Australian driver reports that a UFO followed his car near Casino, New South Wales, causing radio disturbance.

1959: A UFO hovers over a truck near Pymatuning Lake, Pennsylvania, apparently causing the vehicle's electrical system to fail.

1967: a 9-year-old child reports a UFO landing in Iola, Kansas, complete with a "strange-looking man" clad in a "crinkly green suit." Later that day, a Learjet pilot and his passenger sight a UFO while en route from Houston, Texas, to Las Vegas, Nevada. Radar tracks the object from Albuquerque, and a commercial pilot confirms the sighting over Casa Grande, Arizona.

1980: While driving near Edgewood, Iowa, Tim Bushaw and a passenger see a Sasquatch at roadside, describing it as eight feet tall, with long hair and a "topknot."

1989: DeepStar Six premieres, pitting underwater researchers against a monster resembling a prehistoric sea scorpion.

1991: Members of a U.S. Air flight crew report a rectangular UFO soaring through clouds over Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2007: A " jungle girl" emerges from the jungle in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province. A local family claims she is their daughter Rochom P'ngieng, born in 1979 and missing without explanation since 1988 or 1989.

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