I deny the existence of Hoofnagles!

But if you’re gullible enough to believe Hoofnagles actually exist, I suppose you could go say hello to them at their new Denialism blog.

I will point out, though, that if one Hoofnagle is improbable, the chances of two Hoofnagles spontaneously assembling themselves at a single place and time is so unlikely as to be absurd. In the face of such ludicrous improbabilities, there isn’t even any point to bringing up evidence—my mind is made up.


  1. matthew says

    PZ, sure the idea of Hoofnagles is crazy, but you’re just not informed about the new, sophisticated form of Hoofnagle. Why don’t you take some time to educate yourself about today’s Hoofnagle and not lump all Hoofnagles together as if they are created equal? That’s a straw-nagle and you know better!

  2. Kseniya says

    I thought Hoofnagles was a bagel joint that only hired waitresses endowned with… you know… really long ponytails. Am I wrong?

  3. Sonja says

    Congratulations PZ on not being fooled by the terrific Photoshopping of the Hoofnagles.

    You probably noticed, as I did, the saturation and “spilling over” of pixels when viewed at a 300% zoom. The digital noise follows an algorithm that can only be produced using professional image editing software. Also, the Gaussian blurring of the face line is too perfect to be an actual photo. A careful examination of the photos’ histograms reveal too many anomalies. Classic signs of manipulation making it obvious to anyone that the pictures were faked.

  4. ian so says

    Hoofnagle is from th German “hoof-nail” and is a contradiction in terms, therefore cannot exist.

  5. matthew says

    Sonja said: “blah blah blah”

    WRONG. The Hoofnagle deliberately altered those images to test your FAITH. Your blashphemy displeases The Hoofnagle. REPENT!

  6. Torbjörn Larsson says

    Of course Hoofnagles exist, their blog says so. You can’t deny written evidence!

  7. Torbjörn Larsson says

    Of course Hoofnagles exist, their blog says so. You can’t deny written evidence!

  8. says

    How many Hoofnagles does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

    Invalid question. Incorrectly assumes that lightbulb jokes are always funny.

  9. says

    I’m still on the fence on Hoofnagles themselves, but whoever authored the article and did the clever job creating their photos still has a lot to answer for. Denialism is a myth propagated by the spectral humanists. It’s never existed and will never exist. Anyone who says otherwise is ignoring the obvious proof that I have right here.

  10. Sonja says

    You people are so naive. Of course the multinationals want you to think there are Hoofnagles. How can we possibly organize effectively again the Bush administration when the best and brightest skeptics are spending hours upon hours re-proving that cigarettes cause cancer or that HIV causes AIDS? Don’t be sucked in by an obvious ploy of the neo-con warmongers and big oil.

  11. says

    So, Steve_C, the U.S. government’s anti-science tactics are a sort of intellectual Siberia. The intellectuals can not oppose the gov’t because they spend all their energy trying to survive and if you get a little work out of them that’s a bonus.

  12. Dustin says

    My Dawkins Weasel program made a Hoofnagel in 1037 generations:

    Generation 1037
    Hoyle: $Wvb$w#lk
    Darwin: Hoofnagel

  13. Dustin says

    Let me try that again:

    Generation 1037
    Hoyle: $Wvb$w#lk
    Darwin: Hoofnagel

  14. Dustin says

    Oh, and because someone is going to ask me why it took so long, I was using a 1-norm. It was a “Hoopnagel” for about 500 generations, and under my test for fitness, a “Hoopnagel” doesn’t fare much worse than a “Hoofnagel”.

  15. gerdien says

    Hoofnagle is NOT from German but from Dutch, and a “hoof-nail” is a horseshoe nail. The fun is between Dutch pronunciation and English spelling.