The Strange Link Between Winning Elections and Online Porn [via Time]
Online porn usage spikes in states that voted for a winning candidate after elections, two psychology professors from Villanova and Rutgers Universities found. The researchers hypothesized that, because men, who consume the vast majority of online pornography, experience elevated testosterone levels after winning a fight, that energy might reveal itself through searches for online porn. They discovered that states that voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 saw the spike, and blue states experienced more porn searches in 2008.
Allure of the Sea Misses Bridge by Inches [via AOL]
A new Royal Caribbean cruise ship, costing over $1.5 billion and one of the largest ocean liners ever built, cleared the Store Belt Bridge in Copenhagen, Denmark by just 20 inches. The Allure of the Sea had to pass under the bridge on its way from dry-dock to the open ocean. The 236-foot-tall ship could sail under the 213-foot-tall bridge by lowering its retractable smokestacks and increasing speed to create downward suction and lower the ship’s height.
Prisoners to Get the Vote for the First Time [via The Daily Telegraph]
British Prime Minister David Cameron conceded yesterday that there is nothing he can do to challenge a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the U.K.’s 70,000 incarcerated citizens be allowed to vote in general elections, a right prisoners have not enjoyed for 140 years. If the government hesitates, lawyers say, taxpayers could be forced into hundreds of millions of dollars worth of litigation. The government is still hoping to limit the right for lifetime prisoners and murderers at the very least.