April 26th, 2010
12:02 PM ET

Global 'Boobquake' effort to disprove Iranian cleric begins

Jen McCreight's proposed "Boobquake" experiment has events popping up all around the world.

The great experiment has begun.

"Boobquake," an event that became a viral hit online after a Purdue University student challenged an Iranian cleric’s assertion that scantily clad women cause earthquakes, is officially underway.

Jen McCreight, a self-described atheist, feminist and geek “trapped in Indiana,” who started the experiment, began her morning with a whole lot of press interviews Monday, but she also made sure she began the effort personally, posting her "boobquake" photo on her blog.

CNN reported about McCreight's proposed experiment after she took issue with the remark about women causing earthquakes and took to her blog.

Her response? Prove the cleric wrong with "Boobquake"–  a day when as many women as possible show their cleavage, dress scantily, and hope no earthquakes occur.

The day almost got off to a bad start - when a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwain. But McCreight said that one doesn't really count since it occured outside her "Boobquake" time zone. Still she admitted the tremor was significant, but not really that unusual.

“On avg, 134 magnitude 6-6.9 earthquakes occur annually,” she posted on Twitter.

Then, she took to her blog to clarify.

“If we get many of a similar magnitude in the next 24 hours, we might start worshipping the power of immodesty," she wrote.

Despite the single event, lots of women appear to be on board - and from all over the world. More than 195,000 people signed up to "attend" the Facebook "boobquake" event.

There was even a cartoon drawn about it. And planned events are growing all over the world. A "boobquake" flash-mob is planned at Hyde Park Memorial Pool in Sydney, Australia, and people are gathering in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., and in West Lafayette, Indiana (where McCreight is from and the "epicenter of the event.")

"Help fight supernatural thinking and the oppression of women, just by dressing immodestly on Monday, April 26th," the event page in D.C. says.

Even in places with no planned events, some women wanted to add their mark.

So they've begun uploading photos, changing their Facebook pictures, Twitter pictures and posting pictures to McCreight's blog and on the event's Facebook main page to show their support and their cleavage.

Not everyone is thrilled with the "Boobquake" idea - including Professor Golbarg Bashi an Iranian Studies professor at Rutgers University who has set up a "Brainquake" event to combat McCreight's idea with a non-sexual message that doesn't objectify women.

"Everyday women and young girls are forced to “show off cleavage” and more in order simply to be heard, to be seen, or to advance professionally," a note posted on the "Brainquake" event on Facebook said. "Let’s create a “Brainquake” and show off our resumes, CVs, honors, prizes, accomplishments (photo evidence) because the Hojatoleslam and the Islamic Republic of Iran are afraid of women’s abilities to push for change, to thrive despite gender apartheid."

Still McCreight is moving forward with her idea and says she'll continue to update her Twitter account and blog at the end of the day to share the success of the event, which perhaps ironically falls on the birthday of Charles Richter, the seismologist whose name is behind the Richter scale of determine the strength of earthquakes.

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  1. Art

    Please, please Mr. Osama bin Laden, we have been a bad people. Please send your boob-women here to Florida to start our demise in a public overwhelmed with boob-women. I assure you that we here in Florida must repent with boob generated quakes. Send more boob women to unexpectedly dress scantily and inappropriately, please, in order to create a large boob-quake, right here, where we can suffer the appropriate level of excessive boobs.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. larry

    "Islam is a religion where logic doesn't exist. it is bulit on Principle of "taqiah" that means win everything with lies and deciet." Logic doesn't exist in any religion.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lIIlI

    FAIL!
    Magnitude 4.9 – RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
    2010 April 27 15:48:08 UTC

    Magnitude 4.5 – KURIL ISLANDS
    2010 April 27 11:04:18 UTC

    Magnitude 4.5 – MOLUCCA SEA
    2010 April 27 07:21:40 UTC

    Magnitude 3.0 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    2010 April 27 13:36:43 UTC

    Magnitude 2.5 – SOUTHERN ALASKA
    2010 April 27 08:28:47 UTC

    Keep 'em shakin' ladies! Only 11 more hours left EST for a few more to occur!

    April 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lIIlI

    oops, missed that it occurred yesterday (the 26th). So....

    Magnitude 5.0 – NEAR S. COAST OF WESTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
    2010 April 26 23:23:49 UTC

    Magnitude 5.4 – SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
    2010 April 26 17:04:50 UTC

    Magnitude 5.1 – SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
    2010 April 26 08:46:32 UTC

    Magnitude 6.5 – SOUTHEAST OF TAIWAN
    2010 April 26 02:59:52 UTC

    Magnitude 4.2 – GUATEMALA
    2010 April 26 15:47:39 UTC

    Magnitude 4.9 – TANZANIA
    2010 April 26 11:54:34 UTC

    Magnitude 4.8 – BIO-BIO, CHILE
    2010 April 26 08:44:29 UTC

    And there are a WHOLE lot more so...
    no matter the day, still FAIL! But thanks for participating ladies.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MrAudacia

    kk i dont know why i didnt think of this earlier. but im starting local boobquakes i suggest you all do the same lol.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. taha

    @Kvijay dude u got it all wrong. islam is a religion where all is logical. and taqiah doesnt mean what u said. anyways, its not islam's fault, its the fault of some bad seads that give islam a bad image, people like the iranians, like osama bin laden, like hizbullah. like any religion and any country and culture, there are the good and the bad. Islam is a religion of compassion and peace so dont blame the religion m8

    April 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leslie Fishl

    Ahahahahaha! Well, if the Boobquake Tactic works, let's send a lot of well-endowed women over to the middle east, have them stand all along the borders of Iran, and at a pre-arranged time, whip off their shirts and bras and Shake Them Thangs until a 7-pointer shakes all of Iran to the ground.

    –Leslie <

    April 28, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Logan Skiwyse

    There is no instance where religion has disagreed with science and been proven correct. Regardless of which religion , from the christian certainy that the earth was the center of the universe to some silly islam cleric declaring women's attair can somehow influence geology. You would think after a few hundred years religions would figure out that science can't disprove god but only show the processes the universe opperates within. This is just as sad as the evolution and abortion and anti-gay/lesbian stuff that goes on inside the united states. Evolution doesn't disprove god, but only shows a process that partly explains how god (if you choose to believe in one) created the creatures inhabbiting the world today. Abortion isn't murder, anymore then a miscarraige is sucide. If there is a god, you would think he/she would know which babies will be born and which not, thereby deciding which receive souls and which do not.

    In fact, every time any religion challanges science or common sense. It's the failure of that religions followers to come to terms with the reality of god's world and lack of faith in their beliefs that prompts their actions. Fear of the truth is humanities greatest weakness.

    As my favorite comic title says, " God Loves, Man Kills ".

    April 28, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Eric Craft

    You are a master of words, art, and logic,..and your tits are awesome...

    April 29, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Imran

    There nothing in Islam like that everywhere people having no knowledge of Submission of all the wills to God are doing crimes and spreading falsehood and Jokers in/of media are thinking all such stuffs are true an such foolish are spreading stupid things greater than the speed of light.

    Shame on all such peoples.

    I only laugh on them.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. janice

    hoorah for you. these iraian clerics just go to prove that they are uneducated and goofy. do they really think that this omnipotant being we call god has nothing better to do with his/her time than to punish us? the god i believe in loves all people and gave us free will to choose. i feel sorry for those that push religion and not faith. they are two different thoughts. i can best say it this way.....GOD, please save me from your followers!!!!

    May 14, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Virginia

    I am an Eckist (www.eckankar.org); I believe in God. I am a scientist, and I see nothing in my education (B.S. and M.A.T.) or anything about science that contradicts my religion, nor vice versa. In fact, such books as _The Dancing Wu Li Masters_ shows how close some religious ideas are to Particle Physics or Physics of the Very Small.

    That said, I also participated in Boobquake. Freely. With the intent of showing the true physical influence of my physical breasts on the geological stresses of the Earth. Ms. McCreight said her goal was to see if any *UNUSUAL* seismic activity occurred, and she showed that it did not–that earthquakes that happened were well within expected activity levels.

    Yes, this was a preliminary study. To pin down the total implications, there have to be parameters and controls set up. For example, the coverage of exposed boobs in square meters of skin would be possible. How to measure that? Take a piece of plastic wrap and carefully and smoothly place it on exposed breast skin, then take a marker and draw the outline of the area exposed. Cut the marked-out area from the plastic and determine the area from that.

    You might also have to determine how long this skin was exposed. Some might have done it for several hours–like I did (corsets can get tiring to wear!)–while others did it all day in their favorite relaxing, form-fitting blouse.

    But if you talk about sheer numbers of people, even if a little boob was exposed on each one, then there was plenty of boob shown for the purposes, as evident from the pictures displayed. If a participant submitted a JPEG of themselves in Boobquake mode, then statistics that go with the picture can identify when the picture was taken.

    But for once in the history of Stupid Things Extremist Religious People Say (TM), a statement can be tested for validity. I think that the first Boobquake has gone a long way to show that this statement is not valid: Reductio Ad Absurdum.

    July 8, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
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