Always look for the mundane explanation

By Phil Plait | March 18, 2009 2:00 pm
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal panel comic

It’s a skeptical truism: if you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.

The great webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has this mantra in cartoon form. Click to read the rest of the comic — it’s a good one (very marginally NSFW).

… and don’t forget to enter in the Saucer Fleet book giveaway!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Antiscience, Humor, Skepticism

Comments (16)

  1. What if I was in Kenya? ūüėõ Heard lots of hoofbeats there, and they were all zebras!

    Love the comic. I think I have finally caught up on all of them.


    In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it was coconuts! ūüėõ

  3. Not zebras. Or unicorns. Especially unicorns.

  4. offtopic: Colbert had a segment on tissue engineered meat, but talks about his belief in astrology as a field of science at the beginning of it—shmeat

  5. David

    I was in Kenya and not once did I think horses.

  6. Hey, this is Zach from SMBC. I love your blog (as well as Cosmic Variance), so this is a real treat for me!

  7. There are lots of things with hooves that aren’t horses. When in doubt be empirical and don’t prejudge your data.

  8. Chip

    Wait a minute, don’t all advanced spacemen get around town that way? At least on my planet they do.

  9. Cairnos

    If I hear hoofbeats I think ‘Get out of the way’

  10. Knurl

    Horse jokes?

    Hey dude, since it’s ‘yer birthday, ‘ya might as well stay out until until the horses come home. The cows always git home first.

  11. ad

    Don’t understand the condom on head bit though.

  12. JB of Brisbane

    Phone call for you, Phil. It’s Mister Occam – says he wants his razor back!

  13. eddie

    @ JB: You beat me to it.

  14. amphiox

    Assume horses as your first hypothesis. But always try to look to make sure they are.

  15. KVS

    Also from SMBC and relevant on this Blog:

  16. dave

    hoofbeats = horses? I’m not so sure that’s true… call me skeptical if you want, but I was taught in school that just because a horse has 4 feet does not mean that everything with 4 feet is a horse.


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