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A billion wicked thoughts

To work at Google, creating algorithms for arguably the world's biggest search engine, must require some sense of humour and the ability to take your work not too seriously. After all, discovering that more than a few thousand people are scouring the internet for various bizarre websites, using only the words 'Janet Jackson' and 'rubber donkey' would break even the most ardent of jobs-worths.

One couple of neuroscientists, Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam took it upon themselves to study popular porn predilectations amongst the world's online population, with the results being both surprising and predictable, Salon tells us. Who knew that straight, chick-fancying guys and gay, jock-loving men could have so much in common?

'It turns out that straight men's sexual interest parallels gay men's sexual interest [...] Just like there are MILFs for straight men, there are DILFs or daddies for gay men. There are 'grannies' for straight men and 'grandpas' for gay guys. The biggest interest for straight guys is teens and the biggest interest among gay guys is 'twinks,' which are basically teens. The body parts most preferred by both are chests, butts and feet. And both gay guys and straight guys love penises.

Come again?

'We think the reason for this is because it's actually from our evolutionary heritage. If you look at all the other primates, the penis is a prominent and versatile social tool used for many different purposes -- to indicate aggression, to mark territory, to indicated sexual interest. The penis may also function as a sperm competition cue. That is a very specific hard-wired cue for men to trigger arousal.'

So aside from the differences between when straight men are allowed to watch porn (i.e., never) and when gay men tend to (i.e., alone or together, no difference), it seems there is one thing that unites male members of the species: male members.

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