teh inetrwebz

I always rag on Facebook for chasing Google’s taillights. Indeed, when the competing social network launched almost three years ago, Google+ had three options already in place: male, female and other. But including “other” among gender options is only a vague acknowledgement, a baby step at best. What Facebook did today when it added some 56 gender options is take a bold leap forward.

The fashion portal nss has a fun little quiz site called “Fashion or Porn,” where you’ll be served small sections of a larger image and asked to determine whether it’s a fashion ad or a porn still. I watch a lot of porn and I was surprised I couldn’t get even 20 out of 40 right on this thing. nss has effortlessly made a point that people have been trying to make for years: that fashion advertising sexualizes models as much as porn does.

Sex sells, goes the saying, but that isn’t applicable to unabashed sex destinations; unless they’re caught in some kind of legal issue, news outlets are not likely to report on porn sites. But Pornhub’s very clever — they’ve taken a page from the dating site OKCupid, and are running a blog that looks at the trends in people’s porn browsing habits. This Super Bowl Sunday, their insights team sat down to work. What they found was obvious but absolutely fascinating just the same.

If ever there is a story that can illustrate the importance of mathematics in everyday life, this is it. One day, math grad student Chris McKinlay decided to stop using OKCupid like everyone else and worked out a way to use math to find himself the best matches. This is how he went about it — and how such an approach becomes a little limited once the mathematician is forced to go out in the field!

If you don’t watch porn, you’ve probably wondered what the people who do watch it are thinking. And if you do watch it, you probably don’t do it with company so you can discuss what you’re seeing. Well, here’s a gift to you from the internet — hundreds of comments collected from the porn tube site PornHub, imposed on stock imagery, so you can get all the details without muddying up your browser history. You’re welcome.

On the eve of the millennium, the Bloodhound Gang released a song with an earworm of a chorus: “You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals, so let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.” The song reduced the often complex human courtship ritual into images of animals mounting one another freely and joyfully on the savanna. If you’re still holding on to the belief that other species have it easier, we can help.

The season is upon us and everyone is busy writing guides to help you navigate the complex rituals of appropriate gift-giving. Every occasion calls for a specific thing, which is precisely why the blog, The Worst Things for Sale, exists. Face it, some stockings deserve a lump of coal, and here is the best lump we’ve ever seen.

The founder of the porn Pinterest clone Pinsex doesn’t think anyone has been successful at making porn social. But if you ask any porn star on Twitter or person running a porn tumblelog, you’ll be laughed out of town. Hell, you can even find private communities on anti-porn platforms like Facebook and Plus. Porn has long since become social. What it’s never had is a place it could call home without fear that it would be removed for some seemingly arbitrary infraction.

Yesterday, Google introduced Helpouts, an extension of their video chat service Hangouts that enables you to have video conversations with other people across the world, share screens and record sessions — with a number of experts in various categories. While a sexual health category doesn’t yet exist, the health category could comfortably accommodate such endeavors. Google warns “Helpouts may not be suitable for every occasion,” but as far as I can tell, the Terms of Service don’t disallow it.

From tentacle porn to the success of vampire romance, inter-species sex has slowly made its way from the unspeakable corners of our minds to the spotlight. Today it occupies a place almost as mundane as nurse and teacher fantasies. But how did dinosaurs (and pterosaurs, which are not technically dinosaurs) get into it? Science goes deep into the most perverse corners of two authors’ minds and a decade-old porn flick-turned-shock video.