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‘Boobquake’ thumps back Iranian cleric’s claims

AFP , SAN FRANCISCO

Breasts were big on Facebook on Monday as a female blogger called on women to prove wrong an Iranian cleric who preached that cleavage causes earthquakes.

As a cyber-organized event dubbed “Boobquake” got underway, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake scale hit Taiwan, prompting online banter about whether there was merit to the cleric’s contention.

More than 55,000 people were backing the official “Boobquake” page of Jennifer McCreight, a self-described “geeky, perverted atheist feminist” putting her D-cup breasts where her mouth is.

“No, the Taiwan earthquake is not statistically significant — yet,” the college senior said in an update to her blog.

“If we get many of a similar magnitude in the next 24 hours, then we might start worshiping the power of immodest,” she wrote.

The Indiana resident used the world’s leading social network and microblogging service Twitter to enlist women worldwide to test the cleric’s assertion that sexy women can make the ground shake.

“Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupting their chastity and spread adultery in society, which [consequently] increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted last week as saying by Iranian media.

What started as a barbed poke at what she saw as bad science on the cleric’s part won a passionate following as it bounced around the Internet and by Monday a pair of Boobquake rallies were planned.

“McCreight rejected the notion that accentuating her breasts caused the Taiwanese earthquake in Taiwan, saying she would only consider taking credit for temblors in her time zone.

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