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This is what people searched for most on Google in 2017

Dec 13, 2017, 5:31 PM | Updated: Dec 19, 2017, 10:10 am
FILE - In this geocolor GOES-16 file satellite image taken Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at 11:45 UTC, sun...

FILE - In this geocolor GOES-16 file satellite image taken Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at 11:45 UTC, sunlight, from the right, illuminates Hurricane Irma as the storm approaches Cuba and Florida. Irma was one of the top searches on Google in 2017. (NOAA via AP, File)

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LISTEN: LaToya Drake, Google Search Trends Expert

PHOENIX — The numbers are in: Google released its annual list Wednesday of the things people searched for the most over the past year.

In 2017, people in the United States were looking most for information about Hurricane Irma, sexual harassment allegations leveled against formed “Today Show” host Matt Lauer and the death of rocker Tom Petty.

“Hurricane Irma was the No. 1 trending topic of the year,” Google News Lab spokeswoman LaToya Drake told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News. “This was a big year for hurricanes.”

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Two huge sporting events were in the top 10, along with one of the hottest — or most annoying, depending on your view — toys in years.

Before we get to the top 10 things people looked for, we wanted to point out that the top “what is…” search was people looking for information on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

President Donald Trump ended the program earlier this year and it will likely be one of the main debate topics around the nation in 2018.

OK, you’ve been patient enough. Here are the top 10 Google searches of 2017:

1. Hurricane Irma

(AP Photo)

Hurricane Irma made landfall in early September. While the storm eventually made its way to the United States, it devastated numerous Caribbean nations, including Puerto Rico.

It was the strongest Atlantic hurricane recorded in 12 years.


2. Matt Lauer

(AP Photo)

Amid the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations against numerous prominent men, the one that seemed to take most people outside of the entertainment industry by surprise was former “Today Show” host Lauer.

He was fired in late November and said some of the claims against him were untrue.


3. Tom Petty

(AP Photo)

There was a lot of confusion around the rocker’s death after CBS News, citing law enforcement officials, reported he had passed while he was still clinging to life.

Petty would die hours after the incorrect report.


4. Super Bowl

(AP Photo)

It was the comeback heard ’round the world. After jumping out to a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter, the Atlanta Falcons stumbled their way to a 34-28 loss against the New England Patriots.

Of course, the loss quickly became a meme online but, hey, at least the commercials were good.


5. Las Vegas shooting

(AP Photo)

On Oct. 1, the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. He fired more than 1,100 of rounds into the crowd.

By the time the smoke cleared, 58 people were dead and nearly 550 were injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.


6. Mayweather vs. McGregor fight

(AP Photo)

Millions of people tuned in to watch MMA champion Connor McGregor make his boxing debut against 11-time boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Branded “The Money Fight,” it was one of the hottest pay-per-view programs of the year. Mayweather won the fight.

No wonder it also finished high on Google’s “How to…” list, as in, “How to stream Mayweather vs. McGregor.”


7. Solar eclipse

(AP Photo)

On Aug. 21, it was not an odd sight to see a majority of Americans wearing silly-looking glasses and staring at the sun. Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” it was the first total eclipse to cross the entire contiguous United States since 1918.

The next such eclipse will be in 2024, so keep those glasses handy.


8. Hurricane Harvey

(AP Photo)

Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. It slammed into the Texas Gulf coast in the early morning hours of Aug. 26 with sustained winds of 130 mph.

Towns were left under feet of water and billions of dollars in damage was done. Crews from all across the nation — including Arizona — were sent to rescue people.


9. Aaron Hernandez

(AP Photo)

The former New England Patriot was found dead in his jail cell in April, two years after he was found guilty of killing Odin Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison. He had been acquitted in another shooting just days before he took his own life.

It was later found that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by severe and/or repeated blows to the head.


10. Fidget spinner

(AP Photo)

It was the toy that took the world by storm and aggravated a lot of people online. The fidget spinner was basically designed to be spun for people with — you guessed it — a fidget, but after it caught on with kids, they were absolutely everywhere.

For what it’s worth, we’re not sure why they got so popular, but we can’t. Stop. Spinning. It.

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This is what people searched for most on Google in 2017