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Shocker: Boobquake Did Not Shake Earth

From Lafayette Indiana’s CBS affiliate, WLFI:

(L-R) Amanda Willis, Kimberly Workman, Karen Daily and Diane Tepfer show their cleavage during a protest in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC for Boobquake Day.

Creator: Boobquake didn’t shake Earth

Niccole Caan and Erin Coduti

Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The creator of Boobquake said the results are in: Boobquake did not move the earth.

On her blog, Purdue Senior Jennifer McCreight said that according to the USGS website, there were 47 earthquakes yesterday. That number may sound high, but in reality there are many earthquakes nearly every day and 47 is not an abnormal number.

McCreight said to be statistically abnormal there would have had to have been over 148 quakes yesterday – over three times the actual total.

The 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan had many buzzing that Boobquake had moved the earth, but the event’s creator said that’s not the case.

"Sorry to be a buzzkill – hey, I’d like magical control over plate tectonics too – but that single earthquake wasn’t significant. Earthquakes between 6.0 and 6.9 magnitude happen, on average, 134 times a year. That means we had about a 37% probability of an earthquake of that magnitude happening on boobquake just due to chance alone – hardly an improbable event that needs to be attributed to an angry deity," stated McCreight on her blog.

The average magnitude of earthquakes yesterday was actually slightly lower than the average for the past two months, causing McCreight to quip that perhaps the hypothesis that immodest women reduce earthquakes needs to be examined.

McCreight is aware that her study has some flaws. For example, as she said on her blog, it would have been nice to have a control planet available where women wore only burkas yesterday.

Still, even if some criticize her results, she considers the event a success.

"Boobquake was originally intended to be a humorous exercise in scientific and skeptical thinking – that we should test claims people make, especially when they’re ridiculous. And what could be a better way to do that than to question the methods of boobquake itself?" McCreight stated on her blog…

We’re not sure that just one experiment is enough to thoroughly test this intriguing hypothesis.

Perhaps we need a solid six months of scantily clad women, just to be sure.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Shocker: Boobquake Did Not Shake Earth”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    One more method to make more young males interested in ‘science’.

  2. mr_bill says:

    I don’t think participation was great enough for the results to be scientific. Can they do this again and publicize it better to encourage more participation…you know, in the name of science ;)

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Oh heck – I have proof of the crock (like we all didn’t already know that) – SI Swimsuit issue, America’s Next Top Model & Victoria Secrets ads – run on and on, day in and day out (somewhere) in America – we ain’t ‘rockin’ due to earthquakes (and that doesn’t even count all the porn the SEC watched – and clad ain’t what those wimin’ were)! Or was that weren’t?!?

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