“According to Vianna’s research, there are no significant patterns relating to the viewing behavior of those accessing the picture except that the majority of the traffic usually comes late at night. And, though web-usage reports indicate that the naked woman picture interests people of all ages, income brackets, and ethnic backgrounds, there is no evidence that the photo has ever been shared with viewers’ family members or coworkers, or featured in a CNN.com photojournalism slide show.
‘It appears as if every one of yesterday’s 27,430 viewers accessed this specific portrait independently of one another, and may even have searched for it intentionally,’ Vianna said. ‘What could have driven them all to seek out this particular photo of an anonymous, undressed woman? We may never know.”…
…’No one really understands why these things catch on,’ Ziarko said. ‘Like the Hamster Dance website from a few years back or the recent interest in LOLCats, there is some intangible quality about this photo that thousands of otherwise-normal people find captivating. Maybe the fact that it is in such sharp focus.’“
once again – thanks Onion