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Pornhub Study: Isolated Loners of Wyoming, Alaska Love Bondage Porn

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Next time you’re on a trip to a romantic mountain getaway, a ski vacation, or just a trip to that little cabin in the woods, don’t forget the bondage tape, ball gag and OhMiBod. Turns out, people in remote areas are way more curious about bondage than those of us who live in cities and suburbs.

Pornhub Insights, the blog that looks at porn browsing habits to produce such revelations as “America Runs On Anal,” dug into the search terms surrounding BDSM porn. Though bondage accounts for less than two percent of searches — which seems low to us — Americans are clearly curious about dom/sub relationships, if the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey is any indicator. Read More

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Why Not Jazz Things Up? The Deranged Teen Beauty Tips of WikiHow.Com

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Internet, this is what we get for destroying print media.

When I was an insecure preteen facing beauty qualms, I’d buy a copy of YMSeventeen, CosmoGirl or one of the other dozen or so magazines catering to girls at my local 7-Eleven. These magazines taught me how to curl my hair, how to make a DIY anti-acne facial or how to pluck my eyebrows into perfectly thin rainbow arches (hey, it was the early 2000s).

Of course, these teen-centric publications weren’t all good. They were laden with ads and could be perceived as preying on their readers’ insecurities. But at least they were being curated and edited by grown-ups who actually knew how to give the readers what they wanted. Read More

Internet 911

Idiot Lights Himself On Fire For ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: A Play-By-Play

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We never thought we’d see the day when the Fire Challenge and the Ice Bucket Challenge were united as one.

Dubbed the Dumbest Man in the World by E!, the man in this YouTube video staged an absurd Ice Bucket Challenge wherein he lit his head on fire before dousing himself in ice water. To make matters more absurd, he also equipped himself with a tiny stars-and-stripes-covered vest, camouflage cargo shorts, and a giant Confederate flag. God Bless America. Read More

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Mahbod Moghadam: Who’s Really Benefiting When We Censor Terrorists (and Ourselves)?

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On the day of the news of James Foley’s beheading, I was very sad. I thought he looked so brave, and I have a lot of respect for Americans who take an interest in the Middle East. I felt I could relate to him, and his death struck me on a personal level.

Naturally, I wanted to see the video the terrorists had released of his beheading. But every link I would click — there was nothing. All sites had removed the video.

When I told my friends that I wanted to watch the video, I got little sympathy. Nobody else wanted to watch it, they seemed to think it would be an act of disrespect to Foley to watch the video. Everybody seemed to think that I’m a sicko. Read More

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Cheaters Feel Cheated By Ashley Madison’s $20 Profile Deletion Fee

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Don’t expect an amicable breakup with Ashley Madison.

The seedy site, which coordinates hookups between married men and women, is angering customers with a $19 profile deletion fee. This recently came to light in an Ars Technica story from a peeved user. They wrote that the fee feels like a “crappy way of a company extorting money out of a (presumably wealthy) audience eager to quickly hide the details of their sordid extramarital dealings.” Read More

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Burning Man Is the Versailles of Silicon Valley

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I think, sometimes — perhaps too often — about Versailles. It was by all accounts, staggering: all of the richest people in France staying in one of the world’s grandest palaces eating and drinking themselves into a stupor at the feet of Louis XIV while the country fought and starved. It was, and remains, a symbol of the purity of excess: a grand, insane bacchanal that seemed to aspire to nothing less than oblivion. Of course, there were good political reasons for the thing that was Versailles to exist as well (keep the nobles drunk enough that they neither notice or care that you’ve become an absolute monarch), but the main takeaway is this: one of the most powerful men in the world used the resources of his nation to throw the bitchingest party on Earth.

This week, I’m thinking about Versailles because of Burning Man. Read More