Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Last week, Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi claimed that scantily-clad women were responsible for earthquakes: "Many women who do not dress modestly...lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes." Sluts! They never rest. Especially not Jennifer McCreight, who is fighting this claim with an immodest proposal. And she's not alone. Introducing Boobquake, an international call-to-arms for women to dress provocatively to prove Sedighi wrong. Boobquake has taken the Internet by storm (pun unintended), flooding (sorry!) Twitter with pictures of cleavage, trending under the hashtag #boobquake with over 56,000 Facebook fans...and numerous news outlets and blogs reporting on the breastivities.
McCreight's mission for Boobquake is as follows:
On Monday, April 26, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own...I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that's your preferred form of immodesty...With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I'm sure [Sadeghi] can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn't rumble.
But then, an earthquake hit Taiwan, which didn't bode well for Boobquake participants. McCreight followed up with a blog post, saying, "No, the Taiwan earthquake is not statistically significant—yet. If we get many of a similar magnitude in the next 24 hours, then we might start worshipping the power of immodesty."
You might ask, how is flooding the internet with pictures of boobs different than any other day on the Internet? You would, of course, be correct, but today’s boob pictures are for science!