Today I wore a bikini for science.i-26658f6565daf64d15c5133f6aee6de5-images-3.jpg

Last week, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader was quoted as saying :

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,”

Today, blogger Jen McCreight, is running a global experiment to test the hypothesis that not dressing modestly causes earthquakes.

“With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake,” she wrote.

Join in the experiment; bare an ankle or two.


  1. #1 Kevin Folta
    April 28, 2010

    I’m not wearing anything. If the mirror is any predictor of disaster to strike we might anticipate a minor funnel cloud.

  2. #2 Hinemoana
    April 28, 2010

    It was a litte hard to be so immodest here; its winter. I wore a low-cut top.


    Quite so. Following that logic, there should be less earthquakes in winter (since peope tend to wear more and thus there should be less adultery). In NZ 2009 there were more earthquakes in summer than in winter (4660 vs 5113) but the earthquakes in winter were stronger than summer (2.6 vs 2.4 on average). Also, 4 of NZ’s top ten earthquakes were in winter, only 1 in summer (the rest in spring/autumn). Does this mean MORE adultery happens in summer in NZ, but more serious adultery in winter?

  3. #3 Pam Ronald
    April 26, 2010

    Lecturing in a bikini. Now that would be some data point.

    As for me, I wore my bikini at the pool where I swim for a Masters club. A bit ho hum but I had to do my part somehow.

  4. #4 Keenir
    April 26, 2010

    except that the quote doesn’t say indecency causes earthquakes – it says indecency causes adultery, and adultery causes earthquakes.

  5. #5 Mu
    April 26, 2010

    It’s UC Davis, anything but bringing a surf board is ok.

  6. #6 AmoebaMike
    April 26, 2010

    Did you really? It seems like the university would prefer you not wear a bikini in either the lab or the lecture hall.

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