Although Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum isn’t leading the polls and doesn’t seem to be the GOP frontrunner by any means, his last name, “Santorum” is popular among search engines. So why is everyone Binging or Googling “Santorum”? That’s because if you do search for “Santorum” you’ll find the conservative Republican has some ties to anal sex.
In Google’s search results, for example, you’ll find that the first result for “Santorum” leads to spreadingsantorum.com. Spreadingsantorum.com even falls higher than Rick Santorum’s wikipedia page and the official Santorum for President website, RickSantorum.com.
By clicking the link to spreadingsantorum.com, you’ll find the website provides you with the following definition of “Santorum”:
Santorum 1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick Santorum.
So how in the world did Rick Santorum’s last name turn into a “frothy mix of lube and fecal matter?” You can thank the creator of the “It Gets Better Campaign”, Dan Savage.
Santorum’s problem got its start back in 2003, when the then-senator from Pennsylvania compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia, saying the “definition of marriage” has never included “man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.” The ensuing controversy prompted syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, who’s gay, to start a contest, soliciting reader suggestions for slang terms to “memorialize the scandal.” The winner came up with the “frothy mixture” idea, Savage launched a website, and a meme was born. Even though mainstream news outlets would never link to it, Savage’s site rose in the Google rankings, thanks in part to bloggers who posted Santorum-related news on the site or linked to it from their blogs. Eventually it eclipsed Santorum’s own campaign site in search results; some observers even suggested it may have contributed to Santorum’s crushing 18-point defeat in his 2006 campaign against Bob Casey.
Dan Savage says his website defining “Santorum” hasn’t been updated in a while, however, it still show up as the first result when you google “Santorum” and it is on the first page of results if you type “Santorum” into Bing.
The term “Santorum” has actually be picked up by the Urban Dictionary which definies the term as:
The sometimes frothy, usually slimy, amalgam of lubricant, stray fecal matter, and ejaculate that leaks out of the receiving partner’s anus after a session of anal intercourse. Named, by popular demand and usage, after legislator Rick Santorum because of his homophobic political statements.
The Urban Dictionary even uses Santorum in a sentence for those who don’t get it:
“That move was about as slick as santorum!”
It seems like Rick Santorum is knee deep in santorum, and his chances of getting out of this one are almost as likely as his chances of becoming President.