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.
IS THE GRAIL IN AMERICA?
The Holy Grail is variously described as a chalice, a dish or a stone. Surprisingly, a couple of rumors exist to the effect that it ended up in the United States.
One tradition is that it and the Ark of the Covenant are kept at Fort Knox. Whether this grew out of the Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark, where, at the end, the Ark is dumped unceremoniously in an American storeroom, or whether it antedates this, I have yet to discover.
There also seems to be a tradition that the Grail found a resting place in Accokeek (Maryland). Legend in the locality has it that Captain John Smith sailed up the Potomac in 1606 or thereabouts and on board his ship was a priest. This cleric had obtained the Grail from somewhere unspecified and he his it in the vicinity of Accokeek.
Those interested in the legends of the Grail may care to purchase the CFZ book The Grail by the present writer, available from Amazon and other outlets.
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