In the Name of Science, I offer my Boobs

image This line is coined by Jen McCreigh, a brave student from Indiana. She writes on her blog:

This little bit of supernatural thinking has been floating around the blogosphere today:
“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.
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 Boobquake!

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. Or short shorts, if that’s your preferred form of immodesty. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I’m sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn’t rumble. And if we really get through to him, maybe it’ll be one involving plate tectonics.

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! Or join the facebook event!

PS April 29, 2009: What I learned from Boobquake

 

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Twitter Yourself into a Historical Figure

image The New York Times reports that
the Library of Congress will archive the collected works of Twitter, the blogging service, whose users currently send a daily flood of 55 million messages, all that contain 140 or fewer characters. Library officials explained the agreement as another step in the library’s embrace of digital media. Twitter, the Silicon Valley start-up, declared it “very exciting that tweets are becoming part of history.” Academic researchers seem pleased as well. For hundreds of years, they say, the historical record has tended to be somewhat elitist because of its selectivity. In books, magazines and newspapers, they say, it is the prominent and the infamous who are written about most frequently.

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An Amazing Nordic Tale

image David Brooks reports an amazing Nordic Tale that I want to see made into a movie.

The Hard and the Soft (NY Times)

The United States, a nation of 300 million, won nine gold medals this year in the Winter Olympics. Norway, a nation of 4.7 million, also won nine. This was no anomaly. Over the years, Norwegians have won more gold medals in Winter Games, and more Winter Olympics medals over all, than people from any other nation.

 

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How singing up for the military can save your life

image Now here comes an incredible story. Did you ever know about these fringe benefits of ROTC programs?

Thieves in Milwaukee Show a Patriotic Side, Declining to Rob Army Reservist. By SUSAN SAULNY (NY Times)
Kyle Windorski, a 21-year-old college student in the Army Reserve, was walking home Tuesday morning on the east side of Milwaukee when four men with stocking caps over their faces forced him into an alley at gunpoint and demanded cash. In an account confirmed by the Milwaukee police, Mr. Windorski said the men ordered him to the ground on his stomach, and he was helpless as they fished his wallet out of a pocket. They counted his $16 and by their raging tone, he could tell they were not happy.

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Generation Gap in Music Tastes

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MJ: Bigger in Death than in Life

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“The most surreal day of my life”

image The case of Rod Blagojevich reveals that I have limited understanding of the human psyche. This guy is unbef*kinglievable! Read this story by the Associated Press that just came over the wire.

Blago guest stars in ‘Rod Blagojevich Superstar’. By RUPA SHENOY. CHICAGO - Standing on a chair with his arms raised as if he were being crucified, ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opened a comedy show Saturday evening lampooning the rise and fall of his own political career.
Blagojevich, who has pleaded not guilty to wide-ranging federal corruption charges, made what one cast member described as a “surreal” guest appearance on The Second City’s “Rod Blagojevich Superstar.”
The show, a takeoff of the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” was supposed to end June 14. But production officials extended the show—which portrays Blagojevich as greedy, tactless and hair-obsessed—to Aug. 9 because performances kept selling out.

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Five Living Presidents: What distinguishes them…

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Look at this picture carefully. What distinguishes the current (Bush junior) and the future president (Obama) from the ex presidents? The little America pin on their jackets. Apparently the ex-presidents are not worried that anyone would question their patriotism.

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Catholic Heaven & Hell: The Pope Visits America

image I consider myself an honorary alumnus of the catholic church since as child I went to catholic mass, was asked to go to confession even though at the time a had nothing to confess, and served as an altar boy although I did not belong to catholic faith.  Like any alumnus of an old successful institution, I like to receive updates on where the organization is going.   As I have written before, the current Pope is an smart fellow and I was curious how he would handle his visit to America.

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The Pregnant Man

image I wondered how is it possible. Has technology advanced so far that female organs and an embryo were implanted into a man’s womb? See this mind-bending story from the Oprah Show on YouTube.  

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Follow-up April 23, 2012

 

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