Bad timing: 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan for Boobquake 2010

You may have gotten some Facebook invites for an event today called “Boobquake,” but the massive Facebook protest seems to have fallen on an unfortunate date.

When an Iranian cleric was quoted last week as saying earthquakes were related to the immodesty of women, an young woman created the group to dispel his theory. The cleric said:

“Many women who do not dress modestly… lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader.

So student Jen McCreight created the Boobquake Facebook group. She explains:

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 [sic] Boobqauke. 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… So, who’s with me? I may be a D cup, but that will probably only produce a slight tremor on its own. If you’ll be joining me on twitter, use the tag #boobquake!

Nearly 300,000 Facebook users RSVP’d to the event. And in a coincidence that may leave modesty-huggers giggling at Boobquake participants, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan today. Coincidence? Probably. McCreight opines on her blog that the Taiwan earthquake, in which no one was injured or killed, was “not statistically significant.”

[Image: Facebook Boobquake Page]

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