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Once a year, 'Christmas' beats 'porn' ... on Google

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At the end of each of the last seven years, "Christmas" has won over "porn" for a brief moment. Or at least that's the impression a chart breaking down search trends on Google gives us.

The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal came across the chart while researching the strange world of Christmas websites. It's a simple data visualization produced by Google Trends — a clever tool which shows how often topics have been searched on Google over time — but it's quite amusing.

What it tells us is that searches for "Christmas" only peak higher than searches for "porn" once each year — during the holiday season, of course. As Madrigal points out, it also suggests that, quite possibly, interest in Christmas may fall short of interest in porn this year.

But we'll have to wait till New Year's Day to see if that turns out to be true. I, for one, have hope in the holiday spirit triumphing over carnal desires — even if only for a brief moment.

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