Apr 27 2010

Boobquake on the Colbert Report

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When I heard “Iran,” I sat up on the couch. When I heard “cleric,” I sat on the edge of my seat. When I heard “boobquake” I jumped up and down high fiving my friend. When he said my name* and showed my photograph, I started screaming and flailing and even crying a little. Yes, boobquake got covered by CNN, BBC, CBC, ABC, FOX… But I’m a 22 year old geeky liberal – being on the Colbert Report is pretty much The Best Thing Ever. My friends and professors joked about it happening, but I never thought it really would.

Following my friend’s suggestion, whenever I’m feeling down or defeated or overwhelmed, I am going to listen to Stephen Colbert saying “You go girl!” to me. Possibly on repeat. Wow.

Though Stephen did get the science a bit wrong, saying the Taiwan earthquake was proof, even though I later explained why it was not. Maybe he needs a certain young female scientist to explain it to him a little bit more on the show *wink wink nudge nudge* …Okay, maybe I shouldn’t push my luck, haha.

*My name is spelled McCreight, but pronounced McCrite. Yes, I know it doesn’t make any dense. Blame the Irish (who, ironically, also mispronounced my name in interviews).


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  1. 1

    HELL YEAH, Jen!!!I seriously whooped out loud when I heard about this!

  2. 2

    Awesomesauce. You should have had an easy Irish name like mine, Glenn.

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    The naked atheist

    Sorry, but videos are not currently available in your country.WTF!I’m very disappointed, I was looking forward to seeing at least ONE report on the tellybox.Anyone got a copy of an interview? Would love to see one up on ewetoob.

  4. 4

    I’m so happy for you! I watched it this morning on Hulu and was like, “Woo-hoo!!!!”You’re too awesome, Jen. :)

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    Mollie Christie

    Your brilliance deserved all of the attention. I’m just a goofy mommy-blogger but you’ve given me a lot to write about! Go indeed, Jen!http://deepthoughtsfrommolliec

  6. 6

    just so’s ya knows, the germans would say “mccrite” was correct too…

  7. 7

    lols it is your pic from the Hamuseum too!

  8. 8

    :) that is so awesome!

  9. 9

    You are officially one of the coolest bloggers ever! Good on you!

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    The Liberal Atheist

    Rock on woman!

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    You are a smart and brave girl. I appreciate you.

  12. 12

    Congrats! Just awesome work, Jen.

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    J. A, Baker

    “Maybe we shouldn’t educate women. I mean, It’s worked great for Sarah Palin.”Stephen Colbert FTW!!!!

  14. 14

    Congrats on all fronts. Dream come true indeed.

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  16. 16

    Damn! Jennifer McCreight, famous boobquaker, rode in MY car. I am so thrilled right now. =)I literally was talking about this to everyone who would listen last night. Jen, You’re completely awesome in all regards.

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    Caroline Selby

    Am a new reader of your blog, thanks to Boobquake. But I got all excited too when I saw it on Colbert. Congrats! The world needs more geeky liberal blog girls. :)

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    Ben Varkentine

    If I were you I’d make that–Stephen Colbert saying “You go, girl!”–my ringtone…

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    oh my word – you go girl indeed! we’re not worthy! *bow bow bow*

  20. 20

    Brilliant!Just don’t forget us little folks, now you’ve hit the big time!

  21. 21

    ^this (pointing to Colbert) is the BEST THING EVAR! (well, I like Jon Stewart better, but Colbert is very close ;) )

  22. 22

    Hi Jen… Just a quick line to say that not only did you make Stephen Colbert — you made the Daily Moaner! The what? I hear you saying. Check it out on:http://dailymoaner.com/?p=3024 Nice to see the spirit of science is not dead. Any chance of making this a YEARLY event?

  23. 23

    I got excited when I heard it on NPR, All Things Considered. That shows how geeky I am!!!

  24. 24

    Yay, Jen wins!

  25. 25

    If someone could figure out how to do this for me, I totally would!

  26. 26

    Congratulations, Jen!The real question is… what now? How do you top this?

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    Colbert report too! Wow, I’m really happy for you and seriously impressed. Also, would you please marry me? :)

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    Non-US browsers can circumvent Comedy Central georestrictions by installing the X-Forwarded-For IP Spoofer for Firefox (http://is.gd/bCtQm). Plug a US IP address into it- I like to use the IP for cia.gov, and you can view Colbert & Stewart as though you were in the USA.

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    OH. MY. GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I’m totally jumping up and down and squee-ing for you! I’m also squee-ing for all the rest of us that promoted and participated in Boobquake! (Disclaimer: I am a barefoot liberal hippy. Things like this excite me a lot.)

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    McCrate is to McCrite as Kolberrrr is to Koalbert.

  31. 31

    well, looks like everything is downhill from here on in. The PhD, the Nobel…

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    They say smoking cigarettes causes cancer!! lets all smoke our heart out for a week and prove them wrong!!!I know you are trying to make a point here, but what you did is you’ve giving them an amplifier to get their ideas out to the world and unvalidated yourself by rebuking them with a childich demonstraion of boobs if i may say so.

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    I like the Sarah Palin crack at the end.

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    Dannah Niverson

    I’m glad I found your blog because of boobquake! I love it — refreshing to see more people out there with similar thought – enough of the conservative BS I say. ;)

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    Cactus Joe

    Congratulations Jen!!!Wisconsin must be more conservative than Indiana. My band PEOPLE BROTHERS BAND had a show Monday night. Since it’s a hippy classic rock jam band (http://www.peoplebrothers.com), I figured our liberal fan base would “support” the boobquake event and shake the quake at our show (it’s a very danceable band). So I posted about it on the band blog (just the backstory and basic information, I thought it was interesting…). Instead, my drummer scolded me for being too crude. Seriously?Maybe it isn’t puritanism, just apathy about current events. Anyway, good for you, and thanks to all your commenters who also checked out my similarly themed blog – http://atheistdebate.blogspot…..United we stand!

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    And again…. how many times is this now, Jen?

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    San Diego Joe

    Great job!! You jnow you have made it when you get on the Colbert Report :) . Hopefully boobquake was just the start of your boobs aganst ignorance campaign. ahhhh that didn’t sound quite right.

  38. 38

    Holy shit. You are now officially my hero.

  39. 39

    Congratulations. That made my day.

  40. 40

    I can’t believe I know someone who was mentioned on Colbert.That’s…awesome. Tears of joy.

  41. 41

    Due to the circumstances of boobquake, I have unfortunately lost count

  42. 42

    How many proposals were serious though? I think a good scientist should adjust for these errors in the data, just don’t let the anti-global warming crowd know or they will blast it over every airwave they have.

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    Congrats! That’s super cool. :)

  44. 44

    Congratulations. Now you can win any argument, with the phrase – “Interesting point, but I have been shown on the Colbert Report and therefor anything you have to say is irrelevant as compared to my awesomeness.”

  45. 45

    Hah stepping in to say congrats. This should be an annual event to because experiments need repeatability, of course I’d have to admit that I’m a biased observer.

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    Rhino (from Bolt):” They need a hero to tell them that sometimes the impossible can become possible if you’re AWESOME!!”

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    Well, for starters, Cigarettes have already been studied up the wazoo, and quite frankly a “smokeathon” wouldn’t have been nearly as fun. And its that fun that made the event what it was, the snarkiness of it, the ease of participating, the jokes to crack, it all made it easy to gain support and attention. And if you see good ‘ole fashioned satire as just “childish” well then I encourage you to study the concept a wee bit further, friend.

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    Steve Woods

    Thank you so much for standing up like this, and using Science to disprove opinion! I love our wonderful women for standing up for a reality-check, and am asking our great men to help out this July 15th with TubeFest! Details here http://digg.com/d31PcXk?t

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    15 Minutes of Fame

    Of course you will be the media butterfly for the next little while. Of course you were/are grabbing attention.Of course everyone will talk about your immodesty experience.Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame to the fullest.I’m surprised at the lack of critical thinking when it comes to this whole boobquake “phenomenon.”

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    In the (now) immortal words of Steven Colbert: You Go Girl!I’m totally new to the blog, another Boobquake convert, and I really must say, as a geeky liberal atheist who loves a bit of sass in his life from time to time, I think I may have fallen a wee bit in love with you. Don’t worry, my being in California keeps me from effectively stalking you, but you might still have to watch out for my girlfriend, she’s a bit more tenacious than I, hehe. I wish you Good luck in your future ventures into science, heathenism, and boobs ( and hey, maybe even future Boobquakes, too)Peace and Love

  51. 51

    I’ve been following this since it showed up on a few other skeptical/atheist blogs I follow. Its got me to subscribe to yours too. I’m extremely happy you’ve gotten so much press so far, hooray you!

  52. 52

    You’re kidding, right?From now on, instead of trying to remember Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi’s name, everyone in the world will call him the “Muslim Boobquake Cleric”.It doesn’t matter that he has a stage, ’cause he’s just a “boob” while on that stage. How many people will now be able to take him seriously?

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    Hugo Grinebiter

    From now on, instead of trying to remember Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi’s name, everyone in the world will call him the “Muslim Boobquake Cleric”.Indeed, and this is good memewar. There are some labels from which there is no coming back.

  54. 54

    15 Minutes of Fame: Exactly what lack of critical thinking are you refering too? Also, there is this thing going around that is all the rage right now, it’s called a sense of humor, I think you should look into that. :)

  55. 55

    What kind of phone is it, Jen. Fellow geeks are on standby waiting to help.

  56. 56

    You should totally get in touch with the show. I’m sure he’d be happy to have you on, and even if not, it’s worth a try.

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    Sin proposition associated with natural disasters a proposition is not empirical or rational intuition that a proposition should be studied in its own paradigm.

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    please read story like prophet Nooh AND prophet Loot do you ever know what happened to their people.You are liberal and try to find a relationship between Spiritual thing and empirical scienceand this is silly.

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    You go, indeed. By the way, the unit of immodesty is measured on the TAW Scale (for Tex Avery Wolf), the lowest being a simple wolf whistle through various steam whistle sound and visual effects, tongue dropping from mouth to roll out like carpet, to full blown percussion session while the observer kicks his own head repeatedly like a tether ball.

  60. 60

    That is fucking awesome. Happy to find your blog and loved the boobquake.

  61. 61

    Prophet Loot? Is he related to Zoot from Castle Anthrax?”Oh, wicked, bad, naughty Zoot! She has been setting alight to our beacon, which, I just remembered, is grail-shaped.”

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    The fate of Lot’s people, the Holy Quran and the punishment they dive in the land of the severe earthquake that occurred in the area called the Sea of Lot and the cities of “Sodom” and “Gvmvr” Lot in completely eliminating Sea coast have been , Bahr Lot same lake, “Bahr Almyt” that the border between Jordan and occupied Palestine and located precisely in terms of geological contour Home Page Arabic with Africa is that they move along together, and even archaeologists have been able on Western According to hadith and hadith in the holy books, from the lake bottom and the bodies of women and some of their ornaments Jamhay wine extract that reason must apply to speech and celestial books, especially the Holy Quran that the fate of this nation and the suffering they are listed . Is noteworthy that although Jordan’s tourist hub Bahr Almyt today and many hotels built around it due to special properties of water of this lake welcomes many tourists from all parts of the world is, however, indigenous people of this region continues to eye Curse of the region that it has been revealed divine retribution are watching less and stop traffic in this area and they say when you pass from this area remember the fate of Lot’s people and bring God and ask forgiveness of sins and repent Get away from there quickly. In the occupied territories of Western Bahr Almyt located.

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    LG Rumor

  64. 64

    Congrats! Most awesome.

  65. 65

    Ok, working on it. Looks a tiny bit tricky – we’ll see. Will get back to you here when I’ve made some progress.

  66. 66

    Totally glad I wasn’t in bed already when this happened. Probably would have scared the crap out of me…. I totally thought a rapist had broke in or something XP

  67. 67

    Nice job on slappin’ around the muzzie terrorist in Iran with a little reality. Too bad those nice boobs don’t come with a better looking face…

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    Ok, we’re there – pretty much. Who knows if it will actually work as intended. Going to send you further instructions at the email address for your site listed above.

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    Bex Volzer

    Awesome! :-D

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    Fucking. Awesome. I bet you just went wild, didn’tcha.

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    I also mentioned BoobQuake on my blog:http://superhappyjen.blogspot….

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    Hilarious… You’re the one who questioned the power of God. You should ashame for your self questioning that. What Sedighi said was an hyperbole. As a moslem, I also noticed that no boobs can caused earthquake. Even you wandering around naked, this earth will still stand.But what Sedighi said was meant to for the moslem people. Not for all people around the world. If we lost our faith for our religion or we got astray. Then it’s a doom for us as a moslem. Maybe not for you.

  73. 73

    One experiment does not a pattern make or break. More data is clearly needed. :)Congratulations, though. I offer only this bit of wisdom:”Who dares, wins.”

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    aNto, islam is a false religion and your “god” is satan…and mohammed was a murdering pedophile and pervert. I bet your mother was a ho and your father a dog…

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    aNto, islam is a false religion and your “god” is satan…and mohammed was a murdering pedophile and pervert. I bet your mother was a ho and your father a dog…

  76. 76

    Nicely done. I’m a total stranger. I was invited (via facebook) to the boobquake event. I posted a maybe, since I wasn’t sure if wearing skimpy clothes while telecommuting counted – or if one had to be “observed” in the skimpiness to be a statistically viable contributor to the group experiment. Then I got the link to the Colbert report clip via facebook – from whence I ended up on your blog reading the results & feedback.full circle of the lifecycle of the “quake” from a stranger. there should be some kind of award for that kind of efficiency! But I’ll just have to be content with echoing the “You Go Girl!” and posting this little comment.keep blogging. you’re good. very good. I’d watch you on the show if they booked you.

  77. 77

    Excuse me, my lower jaw is somewhere under my desk and I have to go find it….COLBERT REPORT! OMG! I CAN’T FUCKING BELIEVE IT!You won’t forget us, will you, Jen? The ones who knew you before?

  78. 78

    Heh, saw a boobquake blurb in the philadelphia edition of the Metro.Pretty awesome.

  79. 79

    Forget Colbert, you made Something*Positive!http://www.somethingpositive.n

  80. 80

    A few days ago on Pharyngula I speculated about you appearing on Colbert and/or Jon Stewart. Awesome!Also, pretty funny that the BBC Persia report came closest to pronouncing your name correctly. They gave the story quite a lot of time too.

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    camilla stenmark

    i can’t see the videobut, congratulations!!!good job girl!!u got it spread world wide

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    I love the “Stand back–I’m giong to try SCIENCE!” shirt. Did you choose that picture or did they?

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    wow, that must be an unimaginable feeling! YOU GO GIRL!

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    Muslim does not response insult with insult

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    Congrats! That is truly awesome. Tom

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    Loved your blog. Had a lot of fun with dressing a little more provocative. Thank you for making people think about how silly that statement was. I’m glad I got a facebook invite. Looks like you had fun with the interviews! :D

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    J. Harshbarger

    WTF! I leave the country for six days and you get all famous? Oh, and a BF too!!!

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    You proved that this stupid cleric was wrong but, as a scientist, I totally support the continuity of this experiment on the next years to make sure hot women can’t cause earthquakes! XDYOU GO GIRL!

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    Saskboy K.

    During a short few months when I had a popular meme on the Internet, I was getting marriage proposals too. It’s an interesting phenomenon. I wonder who has been married due to a meme before?

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    emoticons facebook

    Iam also kinda want to say that!! Uhhmm!! Just enjoying the video seating with my girlfriend she’s shouted watching a quake like that!!Might be a booquake have to break records that in the past… what you think Jen?

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    good work

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