A hurricane and sexual misconduct dominated Google search globally this year.
Google released its annual Year in Search stats this week to reveal Hurricane Irma was the most-searched term in 2017, followed by iPhone 8, iPhone X, Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle to round out the top five. In sixth place was the web television series 13 Reasons Why, followed by recently deceased rock star Tom Petty, fidget spinners, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington (who committed suicide in July) and the India National Cricket team.
Matt Lauer, the former Today Show host who was fired over sexual misconduct charges, and Suits actress Meghan Markle, who recently became engaged to Prince Harry, also topped the trending People searches globally, followed by disgraced Italian television reporter Nadia Toffman. Movie producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey, both of whom became embroiled in sexual misconduct scandals this year, were next on the list followed by Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, boxer Floyd Mayweather, fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Brazilian soccer star Philippe Coutinho.
The top global news searched were Hurrican Irma, Bitcoin, the Las Vegas Shooting, North Korea and the solar eclipse, followed by Hurrican Harvey, Manchester, Hurricane Jose, Hurricane Maria and April the giraffe.
The top how-to search was how to make slime followed by how to make solar eclipse glasses, how to buy Bitcoin, how to watch Mayweather versus McGregor and how to make a fidget spinner. The second half of the top 10 was kicked off by how to watch the solar eclipse followed by how to freeze your credit, how to play Powerball, how to screen record and how to lose belly fat fast.