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.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, September 9...

1892: America's "Pledge of Allegiance" appears for the first time in Youth's Companion magazine, written by Baptist minister Francis Bellamy. Contrary to the claims of modern super-patriots, the Founding Fathers had no part in writing it, and Bellamy's version contained no mention of a country "under God." A right-wing Congress added that contentious phrase in 1954, originally added six years earlier by Chicago attorney Louis A. Bowman, over loud protests from Bellamy's descendants insisting that he favored strict separation of church and state. Nothing Fortean here, just another example of religious zeal tossing a spanner in the works of life. Bellamy, incidentally, favored a straight-arm salute to "Old Glory," later adopted by Fascists worldwide.


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