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The skinny: Without modesty, women tempt earthquakes

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Without modesty, Women tempt earthquakes

Jennifer McCreight, a student at Purdue University, was pretty sure that Iranian cleric Kazem Sedighi was just wrong when he suggested that earthquakes were caused by women who dressed immodestly. So she organized Boobquake to disprove him. She organized 200,000 women to display whatever degree of cleavage they were comfortable with on Monday to see if it would bring about cataclysm. So how did that work out? Well, both sides can make a claim to victory. The day started with a 6.5-magnitude quake hitting Taiwan early in the day. See!? McCreight argues that there are 134 quakes of that strength every year and little damage was done. See!? Plus, she says it was still Sunday in Indiana when the quake hit, so it doesn't count. That part sounds like a technicality.

Police reports

Sense of humor costs man $185

There is no indication what his alternatives for fun were, but Justin Stockdale, 18, apparently thought it would be amusing to yell "I'm going to kidnap you" at a 7-year-old girl while he was driving through Stevensville, Mont. The girl, in turn, thought it would be fun to tell police, work with a sketch artist and distribute flyers around town looking for the man who yelled at her. When Stockdale saw the flyers, he turned himself in and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was fined $185 and given a 10-day suspended sentence.

Women recovers upgraded stolen car

Amanda Pogany's car was stolen three years ago, so she was probably pretty well over it. Then police in Brooklyn called and said they found it. When Pogany, 31, went to claim it, she was taken aback. Her 1996 Honda Accord was pretty standard when she last saw it. But now it had a new V-8 engine, leather interior, tinted windows and valve stems that looked like bullets. She wasn't convinced it was her car, but police assured her it was. There was also a cross hanging from the mirror and a new manual transmission added. "I'm Jewish and I don't know how to drive a stick shift," she told the New York Daily News. The good news is, a lot of people are interested in buying it now.


Among the clams, some live shells

Workers at a Massachusetts shellfish plant were processing a clam haul when they noticed there were a lot of things in the catch that didn't appear to be clams. "They looked like square lumps of coal. It's not until you pick one up that you go, 'Whoa,' " Tom Slaughter, owner of Fair Tide Shellfish, told the Daily Evening Standard of New Bedford. That's because what they were were grenades, and according to the Navy, many of them were live. An ordnance disposal team came out, put them in a dump truck filled with sand and took them to a jetty where they were detonated.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Without modesty, women tempt earthquakes 04/27/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 11:07pm]
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