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The Year in Google Searches: Monkey Selfies, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Lauer

These are some of the terms Google says had the highest sustained spike in traffic across the United States compared to 2016

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    These were some of the people, topics and memes that trended to the top of Google searches in 2017. The search terms reflected the United States in upheaval over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, reeling from the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump (What is "covfefe," by the way?), and people around the world searching for information about the latest iPhone and how to make slime.

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    Here are some of the terms Google says had the highest sustained spike in traffic across the United States compared to 2016, filtered for spam, repeat queries and adult keywords. The full list is here.

    Searches
    1. Hurricane Irma
    2. Matt Lauer
    3. Tom Petty
    4. Super Bowl
    5. Las Vegas Shooting
    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight
    7. Solar Eclipse
    8. Hurricane Harvey
    9. Aaron Hernandez
    10. Fidget Spinner

    People
    1. Matt Lauer
    2. Meghan Markle
    3. Harvey Weinstein
    4. Michael Flynn
    5. Kevin Spacey
    6. Bill O'Reilly
    7. Melania Trump
    8. Kathy Griffin
    9. Milo Yiannopoulos
    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses
    1. Tom Petty
    2. Aaron Hernandez
    3. Chris Cornell
    4. Bill Paxton
    5. Hugh Hefner
    6. Chester Bennington
    7. Charlie Murphy
    8. Lil Peep
    9. Jim Nabors
    10. David Cassidy

    How to
    1. How to make slime
    2. How to make solar eclipse glasses
    3. How to watch the solar eclipse
    4. How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor
    5. How to buy Bitcoin
    6. How to freeze your credit
    7. How to solve a Rubix Cube
    8. How to make a fidget spinner
    9. How to cook a turkey in the oven
    10. How to screen record

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    What is
    1. What is DACA?
    2. What is Bitcoin?
    3. What is a solar eclipse?
    4. What is antifa?
    5. What is net neutrality?
    6. What is covfefe?
    7. What is the antikythera mechanism?
    8. What is a fidget spinner?
    9. What is the Paris Climate Agreement?
    10. What is a hurricane?