Interestingly, Lamar Odom topped Google's list of most-searched terms in 2015. The former basketball star, who's still legally married to reality TV personality Khloé Kardashian, was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel in October.
Behind him came "Jurassic Park" and "American Sniper," in the U.S., two blockbuster films that went on to generate big bucks at the box office. Globally, Charlie Hebdo and the mobile game Agar.io came in second and third place, respectively.
The most searched-for moment of 2015 was the Paris terror attacks, which generated close to 900 million queries. That dwarfed the more than 439 million searches for English pop singer Adele, who came out with a new album this year called "25."
Here are some other highlights about this year's top searches:
- Not surprisingly, Donald Trump led the way when it came to Google searches for politicans
- UFC superstar Ronda Rousey was the most searched-for athlete. She was defeated by Holly Holm in November -- one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
- The most "Googled" brew in America was the Bud Light Mixxtail, a line of cocktail-flavored beers
- A lot of people searched "What is Ashley Madison?" after the infidelity site was hacked
Had the San Bernardino shooting taken place earlier in the year, it likely would have made the top 5 for sure. The same goes for Star Wars, which has been all the rage the last week or two.
Clearly, there's a correlation between what the media reports most extensively and the things people are searching for the most. It's never shocking to see something or someone Kardashian related high on the list. I would suspect that Caitlyn Jenner's transformation is in there somewhere.
Anything with drama, controversy or shock value is always going to rank high. I can't help but notice how the top local news stories all tend to be negative in nature: murders, robberies, and high-speed car chases dominate the headlines day in and day out.
Do any of the searches noted above surprise you? Why or why not?\
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