Women cause earthquakes

I've got three words for you: duck and cover

From the Guardian:

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

Perhaps we can use shocks to female gratification/empowerment then to predict earthquakes? Let’s see – there were two earthquakes in 1960 when the pill was introduced… not a particularly strong correlation (then again, the introduction was likely endogenous to female hedonism).

Maybe we should be thinking about completely external shocks: on November 6th, 1983, Cyndi Lauper released “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and only 10 days later there was an earthquake in Kaoiki, Hawaii! Then again, there were no more earthquakes for five months, but there were two earthquakes (in Turkey and Idaho) just a week before the release of the single.

Wait a minute – what if earthquakes predict female empowerment? Sounds like Sedighi needs to submit his model to peer review.

Another brilliant explanation:

Referring to the violence that followed last June’s disputed presidential election, he said: “The political earthquake that occurred was a reaction to some of the actions [that took place].”

Oh no! Political earthquakes?