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.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017


On This Day in Weird, March 1...

1780: Pennsylvania becomes the first U.S. state to ban slavery, but only applies that freedom to newborn babies. That odd hypocrisy strikes me as relevant today, although it has nothing to do with cryptozoology, since multiple members of Congress and sundry state legislatures—all Republicans—have recently risen to speak in defense of American slavery, extolling its "virtues," blathering on about how it was "good" for captive Africans, etc. Most Americans don't realize that Mississippi only ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, banning slavery, in 2013, 148 years after it became law. The rising tide of bigotry—including statements from our president alleging that Jews themselves have attacked, vandalized, and threatened their own institutions, should catapult concern for civil rights to the forefront of every citizen's mind.

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