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We Did It! The United States Reportedly Hosts the World’s Most Porn

Great work, everyone.
Are you proud of us, James? (Photo: Imgur)

Are you proud of us, James? (Photo: Imgur)

At least we’re in first place for something: The United States hosts more online pornography than any other country in the world. If new research is to be believed, America’s home to about 60 percent of the grand total — about 428 million pages. Those red-light district going denizens of the Netherlands ranked second for hosting 187 million pages, a figure that’s ten times bigger than its population.

The data was culled from web product firm Metadata. It might finally give us a hint, albeit not a complete answer, of how much porn there is online. The so-called “World Porn League” awarded the United Kingdom third place for hosting 52 million pages, or almost one page for each British citizen. Germany and France placed fourth and fifth with eight million and five million webpages, respectively.

Not to point fingers, but Canada only has two million X-rated pages.

Everyone knows Americans are a bunch of over-sexed porn hounds, but how come the Netherlands outstrip the rest of Europe? A representative from Arbor Networks said that several Web companies connect through Amsterdam-based ASMIX because it’s based in the notoriously barely regulated country. Thus, companies can make wads of money for hosting porn there.

“I wasn’t surprised to learn the famously liberal Netherlands was up there although their disproportionate dedication to the cause does deserve a special prize of some sort,” said web safety expert John Carr.

He said Germany’s hard-nosed stance on Web pornography explains why it ranks low.

Regardless, we’re sure America would love to tell Europe to go suck it right now.

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