Weapons of mass distraction.
Brief seismological news - Iranian Cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi blames earthquakes on exposed flesh – he recently decreed that:
“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes,”
Now, other than the fact that this is about as likely as Deepak Chopra causing an earthquake via the power of meditation, this is clearly a rather misogynistic assertion. This has rightly ticked off many people, but a couple of skeptical ladies, Jen McCreight & Rebecca Watson, have taken his comments to heart, and lo! The scientific experiment that is Boobquake is born.
- Hypothesis: Exposed female flesh causes earthquakes.
- Methods: Get as many ladies as possible to wear something revealing on a given day & monitor for seismic activity.
- If we get increased seismic activity on that day – Boobs cause earthquakes. Got that?
Given that various geological organisations constantly monitor seismic activity – that part of the experiment is taken care of. So how do you get lots of people involved? Why, Facebook of course! At the time of writing, the facebook event for “boobquake” has over 16,000 confirmed guests. About six hours ago it was only 10,000.
So boobquake is go.
However, a friend of mine has pointed out a potential flaw in boobquake.
The people of Iceland, what with their financial woes and their volcano, have had an inordinate amount of press attention recently. Amongst other things, they have recently (March 25) elected to ban stripping and lap dancing clubs, thus preventing women from dressing immodestly.
And on the 14th of April – Eyjafjallajökull erupts. Coincidence?
Clearly not. Whilst the earthquake god dislikes boobs, the volcano god is clearly appeased by them.
Women of the Earth – your choice is simple:
- Cover up, stop earthquakes, but cause volcanoes.
- Show some cleavage, cause earthquakes, but put a stop to volcanoes.