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. Kvijay

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

    April 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. iocaine

    why try to disprove it?

    I suggest rather than osama bin laden sending male terroroist to the usa to blow up buildings, he can cause much more damage to the US by sending hot babes to the us and direct them to dress inappropriately.

    Maybe this way he can take out the whole state of califonia

    April 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Randoms

    THIS event is the best birthday present Randoms could imagine! – Too bad I can't take it all in...

    April 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eddie

    Breasts only cause earthquakes..... in my heart... heartquakes.... sniffle

    April 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marat

    Look up "Islamic Science" in Google and you will get virtually nothing, beyond numerology and articles depicting the supposed glories of Islam many, many centuries ago. Islam IS what Islam DOES. There have been a total of about 5 Muslim Nobel winners since 1911 with Islam having a world population of about 20% (that is, if you include Yassir Arafat who invented airplane hijacking). Jews comprise a mere 0.2% of the world population and have somewhere around 180 Nobel winners, or around 26% of all Nobel Prizes, with even higher percentages within individual categories such as Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Physiology. Islam consistently attempts to distort reality to fit its religious dogma. It is a culture that has produced little that the world needs, tiny Spain translates more books per year than the entire Islamic world. Clash of cultures?? You bet.

    April 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brian

    This is actually something the guys can participate in too! Everyday i see more and more huge manhooters out there so they should show their cleavage as well! Okay i just made myself sick! LMAO!

    April 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. silencedogood

    God bless this athiest. Can we make this an annual event? Semi-annual? Monthly? Whole lotta shakin' goin' on and that's fine by me.

    April 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    There are truths in this world..... one being the the iranian Gov. is abundant in asshole who probably circle jerk eachother.....two being that the Koran is utter dribble.... three being Boobs rule...

    April 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rodger

    Reson is a blunt tool against unreason.

    April 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phip

    The only thing funnier than an Iranian Cleric is an Athiest Feminist...

    April 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sarah

    Islam isn't the problem in this. You can't judge all of Islam by one radical cleric. That would be like judging Christians for Pat Robertson's comment about how Katrina was caused by homosexuals, or how Haiti caused their earthquake through some fault of theirs.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bryan

    You should include the museam in Tennessee(or was it Kentucky?) where Adam and Eve ride dinosaurs. Just because a "Relgious Man" says something does not make it so. Ponder this every time a "Religious Man' speaks and insists something is so.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fallen_angel

    @ iocaine .. how very true inded ... :))

    April 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 3rdeyesoldier

    i think this should be a quarterly event on an annual basis. 4 times a year, every year, women dress in almost nothing, and jump up and down in an attempt to cause world destruction.......

    April 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ezra

    Too bad there was a Richter-6.5 earthquake off the coast of Taiwan this morning. But therein lies the problem of only conducting an experiment only once – you are liable for large errors. I suggest we repeat the experiment, say, 100 times to average out statistical fluctuations in the daily frequency of earthquake! Unlike the cleric, we in the scientific community need to be rigorous with methods, as only then, will we obtain an unbiased answer to the hypothesis proffered that immodesty leading to earthquakes.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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