Top things we googled this year, and some stats to go with it.

 

Google released its annual barrage of lists yesterday on the things we googled most this year. And believe it or not, the number one thing Americans googled was NOT the election . . . it was the Powerball. Here are the top ten . . .

1. The Powerball. Probably from everyone checking their numbers. The jackpot hit a new record of $1.6 BILLION in January. Then it got back up to $430 million in May . . . $487 million in July . . . and $421 million in November.
2. Prince
3. Hurricane Matthew
4. “Pokémon Go”
5. The online game “Slither.io”
6. The Olympics
7. David Bowie
8. Donald Trump
9. The election
10. Hillary Clinton.

The top five searches WORLDWIDE were “Pokémon Go” . . . the iPhone 7 . . . Donald Trump . . . Prince . . . and the Powerball.

Here are six more random stats from Google’s year-end lists . . .

1. The five most popular news stories were the Olympics . . . the election . . . the Orlando shooting . . . Brexit . . . and the Zika virus.
2. The top five tech-related searches were the iPhone SE . . . iOS 10 . . . Google’s Pixel phone . . . the iPhone 7 Plus . . . and the Nintendo Switch.
3. The top-searched beer was Budweiser, and the top-searched drink was sangria. 4. The top three dog questions were, “How long are dogs pregnant?” . . . “Was Goofy a dog?” . . . and “Why does my dog lick me?” They didn’t release stats on cat questions.
5. The top questions that started with “what is” were, “What is Pokémon Go?” . . . “What is a caucus?” . . . “What is Brexit?” . . . and “What is the Electoral College?”
6. The top how-to questions were, “How to play Pokémon Go” . . . “How to register to vote” . . . “How to play Powerball” . . . “How to make SLIME” (???) . . . and “How to move to Canada.”