In sex tapes and nude photos of famous mistresses dominated the news—at least the news involving sex scandals. In , famous penises made their presence felt. The trend kicked off in late when news broke that Brett Favre sent creepy voicemails and pictures of his sidewinding penis to a sidelines reporter. In , other celebrities stripped down to participate in the penis-showing game. This rise of celebrity penis pictures may be attributed to several forces. One was the popularity of twitter as a means for stars to connect with horny fans, as well as to accidentally send naked photos to all of their followers. Another factor was the popularity of smart-phones, which have made it easier than ever to send, and post, sext messages.