What Does Death And Miley Cyrus Have in Common?
Google has released their annual 2013 Zeitgeist, listing what the world searched for in the past year. Unsurprisingly, our collective queries here in America focus a lot on death, catastrophic events, and the can't-stop-staring antics of Miley Cyrus.
Top Trending: Pretty morbid stuff in the top 4. Last month's death of actor Paul Walker surprisingly topped the list followed by the Boston Marathon tragedy. The deaths of Nelson Mandela and "Glee" actor Cory Monteith also sat high on the list, highlighting that we're a country fascinated by death and destruction. Last year, Whitney Houston's untimely death also topped the searches so I'm not so surprised by this years' roundup. At least a tech item, the iPhone 5s, rounds out the top 5.
Events: Catastrophes all around: The Boston Marathon, the government shutdown and the MTV Video Music Awards (snicker). On the bright side of this otherwise super-heavy list is good news from across the Atlantic -- the Royal Baby and the New Pope.
People, Trending: A pretty diverse list of dead actors, athletes, and mentally unstable starlets. Race is a hot topic still with slain teen Trayvon Martin and embattled chef Paula Deen also in the top 10. Interestingly, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is nowhere to be found on this list or the next.
People, Most Searched for: The takeaway for aspiring searchees: Unless you're fame-baiting Kim Kardashian, drop an album and people will look for you.
Annual Events: Attention marketers -- Americans love to shop, or at least they like Googling ways to make it easier to shop. Otherwise, we seem to actually care about international events like Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo, so horray for diversity.
Athletes: I'll confess to knowing nothing about sports, so the fact that I actually know some of these people means they did stuff that wasn't entirely sports-related. I will throw out poorly constructed word associations for the athletes I do recognize. Aaron Hernandez: football player alleged murderer. Kevin Ware: college basketball player with most horrific sports injury EVER. Jason Collins: the gay basketball player. Oscar Pistorius: One-legged South African Olympian who shot and killed his girlfriend. Lamar Odom: Khloe Kardashian's druggy soon-to-be-ex-hubby. Lindsey Vonn: Tiger Woods' hot skiier girlfriend who fell all over a mountain.
Calorie Searches: Kinda interesting, here are the foods we plugged into online calorie counters. And if you weren't one of the many searching calories for "boiled egg" (the most searched this year), it's 78 calories. Now you know.
Health Issues: We look for relatively common health quandaries like the cold and flu. However, the most common killers in the states -- heart disease and cancer -- are not on the list. Also just sayin' Internet, Google isn't the most reliable method of diagnosing Lupus.
What story, event or person captivated you the most this year?