The power of Facebook

April 25th, 2010 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Jen McCreight responded to the claim of the Iranian cleric that girls dressing unmodestly have been causing earthquakes:

I have a modest proposal.

Sedighi claims that not dressing modestly causes earthquakes. If so, we should be able to test this claim scientifically. You all remember the homeopathy overdose?

Time for a Boobquake.

On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. 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 Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn’t rumble.

It seems a most worthy scientific experiment.

And in just a few days, the Facebook page for the event has 145,000 confirmed attendees.

I suspect we will see a lot of coverage of this event on TV!

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10 Responses to “The power of Facebook”

  1. Viking2 (11,367 comments) says:

    Ha, its the uncoverage that counts!

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  2. MacDoctor (66 comments) says:

    I suspect we will see a lot of coverage of this event on TV!

    Actually, I suspect we will see a lot of uncoverage on TV…

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  3. Inventory2 (10,265 comments) says:

    “Suspect” or “hope” MacDoc?

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  4. Yvette (2,763 comments) says:

    “Ha, its the uncoverage that counts!”

    Tue Mar 2, 2010
    Naked Sydneysiders of all shapes, sizes and colours gathered on the steps of the Sydney Opera House this morning to be the subjects of an art installation. About 5,000 people disrobed for Spencer Tunick’s work called The Base, which is part of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Tunick is famous for shooting images of people massed together sharing one common element – nakedness.

    Where and when was the earthquake corresponding to this mass immodesty?

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  5. Brian Smaller (4,037 comments) says:

    Of course, just like homeopathy, sometime in the next x months there will be an earthquake somewhere and the mad muslims will be able to say “See, we were right. Your immodesty DID cause an earthqquake” and feel smug and righteous and go and marry a seven year old.

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  6. Yvette (2,763 comments) says:

    12% websites are pornographic, every second 28,258 internet watchers are viewing porn, and there are an estimated 372 million porn web pages.
    89% of porn is created in the USA.

    So what is odd here may be that, apart from a few quakes in California, can we remember any other quakes in the US? For just this one type of immodesty they sure as hell deserve them.

    However those countries which ban porn [Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Kuwait, Malayasia. Indonesia, Singapore, Kenya, India, Cuba, and China] would seem to make up a list of countries most notable for earthquakes AND [with the exception of Cuba, China and one or two others] they are Moslem!

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  7. jarbury (464 comments) says:

    Yvette, the argument that banning porn creates earthquakes would be an interesting one to test….. ;)

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  8. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Given what passes for dress sense and woman in Iran 145 thousand scantly clad females would probably give Sedighi heart failure. I’m sure his world would move.

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  9. fishe (161 comments) says:

    Worse still, another high ranking member of the Iranian government has supported this idea that God intervenes in the natural world, causing earthquakes due to immodesty: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/04/iran-top-cleric-reiterates-piety-prevents-earthquakes.html

    Of course, this is what you’d expect them to believe.

    Also good to read a post from the originator of this ‘campaign’ before anyone starts taking it too seriously: http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/quick-clarification-about-boobquake.html

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  10. ropata (117 comments) says:

    What balderdash. Boobs cause rain in New Zealand. Just look at Southland :)

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