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.

Thursday 30 January 2014


On This Day in Weird, January 30...

1911: Ivan Terence Sanderson, credited by some with coining the term "cryptozoology," is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1921: Despite a lack of victims' remains, a French court convicts "Bluebeard" serial killer Henri-Desire Landru of murder, sentencing him to death.

1948: The Avro Tudor Star Tiger airliner vanishes with 25 passengers and six crew aboard, en route from the Azores to Bermuda, fueling legends of the "Bermuda Triangle."

1962: The Tanganyika "laughter epidemic" begins at a mission-run boarding school for girls in Kashasha.

1982: A trawler nets a female giant squid at 600 meters, off New South Wales, Australia (33°44′S 153°00′E). Its mantle measures 16½ inches. No other measurements are recorded.

2010: Ed Ragozzino, producer of the 1977 film Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot, dies at age 79 in a Eugene, Oregon, medical center.

2013: Bigfoot historical researcher and archivist Scott McClean dies from cancer in Southern California.

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