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Super Bowl, NFL protests among Google's 2017 most-searched topics

14 December 2017, 04:08 | Rudolph Thomas

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Australia has been revealed as a nation of slime-makers in Google's annual run-down of the most popular online searches.

Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer was the second most searched term in the USA because of the prominent journalist's firing in November over sexual harassment allegations.

The search giant has found that Australian Open in January was the most investigated topic in the country in 2017. Super Bowl 5. Las Vegas Shooting 6.

The website's most searched people included Lauer, Meghan Markle and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Hurricanes also dominated the year-end lists as much as they dominated the news cycles and our oceans.

Google's biggest search also relates to the sports world: Hurricane Irma spread mass devastation across the Caribbean and southern United States. The Netflix show "13 Reasons Why", which dealt with suicide, was No. 5, and Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was No. 9 after he committed suicide in July.

When it came to recipes, meat was our beef, with spaghetti Bolognese the most googled, followed by, chilli con carne and beef stroganoff.

This year, the search engine published data concerning top celebrities searched, top searches for television shows and movies, top music celebs searched, and more.

In the top five most-asked questions this year, locals wanted to know everything ranging from "What is bitcoin?" and "What is junk status?" to "What role can the private sector play in poverty alleviation?" It is followed by iPhone X in the second position, video game console Nintendo Switch in the third, Samsung Galaxy S8 in the fourth and Xbox One X in the fifth position. However, people searched for "how to help" more than ever.

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