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 8 January 2014

On This Day in Weird, January 8...

1800: "Victor," the Wild Boy of Aveyron, emerges from a forest at Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance, in southern France.

1864: Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, heir to the British throne and future "Jack the Ripper" suspect, born at Frogmore, in Berkshire.

1904: Pope Pius X bans low-cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.

1918: Mississippi becomes the first state to ratify 18th Amendment, banning alcoholic beverages. (It will be the last to ratify the Thirteenth, banning slavery, in February 2013.)

1940: UFOs appear for the first of three consecutive nights over Lake Abitibi, Qu├ębec.

1971: 29 pilot whales beach themselves and die on California's San Clemente Island.

1974: Frank Searle snaps a purported photo of the Loch Ness Monster.

2007: First capture of a mature colossal squid, netted near Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf while feeding on Patagonian toothfish.

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