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

    Halsey Recites Powerful 'Me Too' Poem at Women's March in NY

    [NATL-NY] Halsey's Powerful Speech at the NYC Women's March

    Halsey, whose given name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, gave a powerful speech in the form of a poem she wrote recounting abuse that she and other women have faced. "This is the beginning, not the finale," she told the crowd," and that's why we're here, that's why we rally."

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018)

    3. Tom Petty

    4. Super Bowl

    5. Las Vegas Shooting

    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

    7. Solar Eclipse

    8. Hurricane Harvey

    'Tonight': Trevor Noah Turns Donald Trump's Words Into Song

    [NATL]'Tonight': Trevor Noah Turns Donald Trump's Words Into a Bad Reggae Song

    Trevor Noah chats with Jimmy about needing a TripAdvisor for people of color, breaks down the musicality of Southern accents and turns one of Donald Trump's catchphrases into a reggae hit.

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018)

    9. Aaron Hernandez

    10. Fidget Spinner

    People

    1. Matt Lauer

    2. Meghan Markle

    3. Harvey Weinstein

    'Tonight': Chastain, Fallon Swap Roles While Reading Scenes

    [NATL]'Tonight': Jessica Chastain Shows Jimmy What It's Like to Play the Female Role

    Jessica Chastain and Jimmy Fallon illustrate how underwritten female characters are by swapping genders while they read movie scenes.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 19, 2018)

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

    'Late Night': Trump, GOP Face a Government Shutdown

    [NATL]'Late Night' Closer Look: Trump, GOP Face a Government Shutdown of Their Own Making

    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at how despite controlling all three branches of government, Republicans are still facing a possible shutdown over an immigration impasse created entirely by President Donald Trump.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 19, 2018)

    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses

    1. Tom Petty

    2. Aaron Hernandez

    3. Chris Cornell

    4. Bill Paxton

    5. Hugh Hefner

    6. Chester Bennington

    7. Charlie Murphy

    8. Lil Peep

    9. Jim Nabors

    10. David Cassidy

    'Tonight': Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Finding Success

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Finding TODAY Success After Matt Lauer

    Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb talk about becoming the first female co-anchors in the history of NBC's "TODAY" show in the wake of Matt Lauer's departure, their first broadcast horror stories and heading to South Korea for the Olympics.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 18, 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': 'Diddy' Talks 'The Four: Battle for Stardom'

    [NATL] 'Late Night': Sean 'Diddy' Combs Encourages Trash-Talking on 'The Four: Battle for Stardom'

    Sean 'Diddy' Combs joins Seth Meyers to talk about his return to television in what he describes as a singing battle, not a singing competition. On "The Four: Battle for Stardom," Combs encourages trash talking amongst the contestants. 

     

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 18, 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

    'Tonight': Jimmy Fallon and Camila Cabello Sing 'Havana'

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Jimmy Fallon, Camila Cabello and The Roots Sing 'Havana'

    Camila Cabello joins Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in the "Tonight Show" Music Room to perform her international hit "Havana" with classroom instruments.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018)

    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?

    Christie's International Real Estate; Getty Images

    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