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Monkey Selfies, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Lauer Top Google in 2017

Here are some of the terms Google says had the highest sustained spike in traffic compared to 2016

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    In this Aug. 21, 2017, file photo, the path of the sun is shown during a total eclipse by the moon, near Redmond, Ore. The eclipse was one of the top searches on Google in 2017.

    Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside."

    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.

    Three of the top 10 TV shows in the U.S. debuted on Netflix, the same as last year.

    April the Giraffe made news by giving birth live on YouTube.

    And the world grooved to Luis Fonsi singing "Despacito."

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

    UNITED STATES

    Searches

    1. Hurricane Irma

    2. Matt Lauer

    The Men of USA Figure Skating Explain How They Pick Their Music

    [NATL] The Men of USA Figure Skating Explain How They Pick Their Music

    Music is a crucial component for any figure skating routine. So how do U.S. figure skaters Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou choose what songs they skate to?

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)

    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

    Olympic Mascot Soohorang Takes a Spill

    [NATL] Olympic Mascot Soohorang Takes a Spill

    Soohorang, the beloved white tiger mascot for the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games, had a rough day when a fan came in for a hug.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 16, 2018)

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

    What's Up With US Freeskier Devin Logan's 'Tiny Hands?'

    [NATL] What's Up With US Freeskier Devin Logan's 'Tiny Hands?'

    Followers of U.S. freestyle Skier Devin Logan have probably seen short videos of Logan carrying tiny doll hands.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 16, 2018)

    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses

    1. Tom Petty

    2. Aaron Hernandez

    3. Chris Cornell

    4. Bill Paxton

    Mexican Skier Finishes Last, Embodies the Olympic Spirit

    [NATL] Mexican Skier Finishes Last, Embodies the Olympic Spirit

    The 43-year-old cross-country skier may have finished last, but he won over the fans and his fellow competitors as he proudly waved the Mexican flag.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)

    5. Hugh Hefner

    6. Chester Bennington

    7. Charlie Murphy

    8. Lil Peep

    9. Jim Nabors

    10. David Cassidy

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    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

    Curler Matt Hamilton’s Mustache Has Its Own Fan Base

    [NAT] Curler Matt Hamilton’s Mustache Has Its Own Fan Base

    People seem to think U.S. Olympic curler Matt Hamilton looks familiar.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018)

    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

    What is

    Courtesy of Chloe Kim (left) / NBC Olympics (right)

    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?

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    7. What is the antikythera mechanism?

    8. What is a fidget spinner?

    9. What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

    10. What is a hurricane?

    GLOBAL LISTS

    Searches

    Red Gerard Said Olympics Would Be ‘Just Another Contest.’ Check Out His Reaction After Winning the Gold

    [NATL] Red Gerard Said Olympics Would Be ‘Just Another Contest.’ Check Out His Reaction After Winning the Gold

    When speaking to a reporter in April, 2017, Snowboarder Red Gerard did not seem too excited about going to the Olympics. Now that he won a gold medal has he changed his tune?

    (Published Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018)

    1. Hurricane Irma

    2. iPhone 8

    3. iPhone X

    4. Matt Lauer

    5. Meghan Markle

    6. 13 Reasons Why

    7. Tom Petty

    8. Fidget Spinner

    9. Chester Bennington

    10. India National Cricket Team

    Songs/Lyrics

    1. Despacito

    2. Shape of You

    3. Perfect

    4. Havana

    5. Look What You Made Me Do

    6. HUMBLE.

    7. Versace on the Floor

    8. Closer

    9. Bad and Boujee

    10. Rockstar

    Memes

    1. Cash Me Outside

    2. United Airlines

    3. Elf on the Shelf

    4. What in Tarnation

    5. Spongebob Mocking

    6. Romper

    7. IT

    8. Joe Biden

    9. Game of Thrones

    10. Hot dog

    Elections

    1. French election

    2. German federal election

    3. UK election

    4. Uttar Pradesh election

    5. Georgia special election

    6. Montana special election

    7. British Columbia election

    8. BMC election

    9. Sicilian regional election

    10. Dutch election