Monkey Selfies, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Lauer Top Google in 2017 - NBC4 Washington
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

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

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Join the Fight to End Senior Hunger
    Ted S. Warren/AP, File
    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

    3. Tom Petty

    4. Super Bowl

    5. Las Vegas Shooting

    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

    7. Solar Eclipse

    8. Hurricane Harvey

    'Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump Lies on Family Separation

    [NATL] 'Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump Lies on Family Separation

    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump attacking the Russia investigation while lying about his administration's cruel policy of separating families at the border.

    (Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018)

    9. Aaron Hernandez

    10. Fidget Spinner

    People

    1. Matt Lauer

    2. Meghan Markle

    3. Harvey Weinstein

    'Late Night': Jesse Tyler Ferguson Was a Business-Savvy Babysitter

    [NATL] 'Late Night': Jesse Tyler Ferguson Was a Business-Savvy Babysitter

    Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, of "Modern Family" and Broadway's "Fully Committed," tells Seth Meyers about how he was such an amazing babysitter for a friend that other parents started trying to poach him.

    (Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018)

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

    'Tonight': Howard Fainted While Filming 'Jurassic World'

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Bryce Dallas Howard Fainted From Fear While Filming 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'

    Bryce Dallas Howard reveals some terrifying secrets behind the action sequences in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," including how they used a roller coaster to help them shoot an intense falling gyrosphere scene.

    (Published Saturday, June 16, 2018)

    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses

    1. Tom Petty

    2. Aaron Hernandez

    3. Chris Cornell

    4. Bill Paxton

    'Tonight': Bryce Dallas Howard Makes Animal Noises

    [NATL] 'Tonight': 'Jurassic World's' Bryce Dallas Howard Makes Animal Noises to Create Dinosaur Roars

    Bryce Dallas Howard and Jimmy Fallon create their own dinosaur roars to dub over a "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" scene by using an iPad to record themselves making animal noises.

    (Published Saturday, June 16, 2018)

    5. Hugh Hefner

    6. Chester Bennington

    7. Charlie Murphy

    8. Lil Peep

    9. Jim Nabors

    10. David Cassidy

    'Tonight': Disguised Christina Aguilera Busks in NYC Subway

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Christina Aguilera Busks in NYC Subway in Disguise

    Christina Aguilera and Jimmy Fallon put on disguises and give a surprise performance of her hit "Fighter" and Aretha Franklin's "Think" in a New York City subway station.

    (Published Friday, June 15, 2018)

    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

    'Late Night': Ed Helms Shamed Kids for Peeing in the Pool

    [NATL] 'Late Night': Ed Helms Shamed Kids for Peeing in the Pool

    Actor Ed Helms chats with Seth Meyers about his new film, "Tag," as well as the times he shamed young kids for peeing in a pool when he was a lifeguard. 

    (Published Friday, June 15, 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

    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?

    'Hamilton' Musical Aims to Give Puerto Ricans Their Shot At Performing

    [NATL] 'Hamilton' Musical Aims to Give Puerto Ricans Their Shot At Performing

    Lin-Manuel Miranda held auditions for his hit musical "Hamilton" in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday, June 13.

    (Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018)

    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

    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