One of the mostÂ ridiculous statements to come out of Iran since Mahmoud Achmadenijad became president was, for the first time in years, not uttered by said president.Â It was proclaimed by a Muslim cleric.Â The cleric, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi,Â said that scantily clad women and those who acted promiscuously were the cause of all the recent earthquakes.Â
His words were: “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which [consequently] increases earthquakes.”
Of course, someone had to prove him wrong.Â Enter: Jennifer McCreight, student at Purdue University.Â
McCreight went on her blog, “Blag Hag,” and put out a call for women to unite in a show of cleavage.Â She wrote: “Time for a Boobquake.Â On Monday, April 26, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. … I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts.”
She also took to Twitter and posted a picture of herself in her most revealing shirt.
Jennifer McCreight told WGN in Chicago, “When I heard what the Iranian cleric had said, I thought it was ridiculous — but it was also something we could test scientifically.”Â
By Monday, over 200,000 women had responded to Jennifer McCreight’s Facebook call to arms (cleavage? boobs?).
But didÂ boobquake work?Â Â Judge for yourself.Â
Thousands of women wore their most revealing apparel Monday, April 26,Â in support of the idea that showing cleavage had no effect on seismic activity within the earth.Â At 10:59 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Taiwan.Â
Cause and effect?Â Or coincidental independent events: boobquakeÂ and earthquake?Â Does it matter?Â Each side will no doubt dismiss the argument of the other…
But you just know that somewhere in Iran a Muslim cleric is feeling quite smug — outraged over the cleavage, but smug nonetheless…