1. Ted Cruz has a lookalike...who's doing porn now

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Enter the unfortunate life of Searcy Hayes - a 21-year old young woman who NOT ONLY had to suffer the indignity of going on Maury to pass a lie detector test and prove that her boyfriend WAS actually the father of her young son, but also sparked an internet conversation about how she looked like Ted Cruz's female doppelganger. Yes, Ted Cruz - a man described by neurologists as incapable of winning the presidency due to ugliness.

So, obviously, not everything in Hayes' life is going great, and that's before taking into account the internet is mocking her for looking like an ugly dude twice her age. So how could things be worse for her? She's been roped into agreeing to film a porno for the website XHamster - 6 minutes of her and her boyfriend goin' at it, which will eventually be released and marketed as being the "female Ted Cruz" porn video.

But the REALLY indignant part of this is how much she's being paid for giving up her last shred of dignity - a paltry $10,000. Now, $10k is nothing to scoff at, but considering some lady from Teen Mom was paid upwards of a million dollars for HER porn (and she didn't have to suffer the pain of being compared to Ted Cruz), you gotta feel bad for Hayes for not getting a LITTLE more.

At least she and her boyfriend are keeping positive about all of this, with Hayes saying:

"I'm fine with it because everything is going to support my family. I want to get my son whatever he wants."

If I were her son, I would want my mom to NOT make a porno under Xhamster's terrifying "Ted Cruz" tag page, but to each their own.



2. Game of Thrones is so popular that it caused porn viewership to dip

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What's more popular than pornography? Basically nothing - around 15% of all internet searches are for pornography (at least, as of 2011 - it would be sorta shocking if that number hasn't increased in the last 5 years). Very few things in the real world can do much to make a noticeable impact on porn consumption - but one of those things is Game of Thrones, which caused traffic on PornHub to drop 4%:

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That's a pretty huge number, all things considered. Maybe people thought there would be enough nudity on Game of Thrones to justify stepping away from porn for a bit - although I bet those people had some regrets thanks to the premiere's twist ending.



3. Fallout 4 caused porn sites to falter EVEN HARDER

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Game of Thrones is an hourlong show - so, sure, it caused a dip on porn sites, but a brief one. But as far as nerd-properties go, there's been a bigger impact one in the past few months - Fallout 4.

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Overall, Bethesda's latest post-apocalyptic shooter caused traffic to dip amongst gamers pretty consistently for about 18 hours - after which it shot up CONSIDERABLY, because there hadn't been any solid nudity mods released for Fallout 4 at that point. Don't worry though, they've addressed that (NSFW, OBVIOUSLY):



4. One porn site took a stand against North Carolina's transgender bathroom laws

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You may have heard about North Carolina's recent nonsensical laws about public bathrooms, passed specifically to impugn transgendered individuals in the state (despite the fact that 100% of bathroom criminal activity has been linked to non-trans individuals). While many people have spoken out against the law, Xhamster has been popping up the above message to IP addresses located in North Carolina - calling out the state for damning LGBTQ individuals publicly while gettin' all horny about them in private. In a statement, the site said:

"We are appalled by the recent events that have transpired in North Carolina. We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster.com does not tolerate. As of today, access to XHamster.com is blacked out in the state of North Carolina until further notice. Judging by the stats of what you North Carolinians watch, we feel this punishment is a severe one. We will not standby and pump revenue into a system that promotes this type of garbage. We respect all sexualities and embrace them."

Reports saw that most North Carolinans could still access Xhamster, but just got the above pop-up. Still, pretty impressive, Xhamster - this almost makes up for you funding the Ted Cruz-lookalike porn!



5. Everyone's porn searches get a whole lot more romantic around Valentine's Day

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Here's something that might surprise you - porn traffic actually goes DOWN for most demographics on Valentine's Day. You might think lonely, single folks are overloading servers enough to make up for all of the couples gettin' romantic on February 14th, but for people ages 18-64, the answer is nope (the answer for the 65 and over demo IS "yes", however).

But what's even more interesting is that more "romantic" searches go up HUGELY on V-Day:

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Awww - "love" and "sensual" and "making love" and "passionate" and...uh, well, "babysitter" isn't  very romantic, but most of the rest are! That's pretty cute that everyone takes a break from searching "HARDCORE BDSM ANGRY BLOWJOBS" for one day to get off to something a little sweeter.



6. Porn is trailblazing the path for virtual reality

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The Oculus Rift is finally here - shipping out units to customers who've been waiting for the device for years. But at the steep price of $599 per unit, it's going to be an uphill battle to get people to buy in, right? Well, porn is here to save the day.

Of course, Oculus and Facebook (the company that now owns Oculus) aren't going to publicly admit to any of this. According to Todd Glider, CEO of VR porn studio BaDoink:

"I joke that Luckey [founder of Oculus] ought to give us a referral fee for every sale of the Rift. Companies like Oculus are not going to say, 'Yes, we're going to publicly endorse porn.' But behind the scenes, they have to be saying this is the driver."

Sites like PornHub have even gone so far as to launch major sections of their sites dedicated entirely to virtual reality porn. And according to Google Trends, searches for "virtual reality porn" are up an astonishing amount compared to previous years:

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The growth and demand for VR porn has - while still in its infancy - led researchers to predict it will be a $1 billion a year industry by 2020. So - as with most advances in technology - virtual reality has porn to thank.