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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

    'Tonight': Anthony Mackie's First Time Smoking Weed

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Anthony Mackie's First Time Smoking Weed Got Him Chased by a Moose

    Anthony Mackie reminds Jimmy Fallon of the time they ate sushi with Mick Jagger at the Met Ball until 7 a.m., describes his first weed experience, which ended with him getting chased by a moose, and gives a brilliant recap of "Avengers: Infinity War."

    (Published Saturday, April 21, 2018)

    3. Tom Petty

    4. Super Bowl

    5. Las Vegas Shooting

    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

    7. Solar Eclipse

    8. Hurricane Harvey

    'Tonight': Karate Piñata with Anthony Mackie & Ralph Macchio

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Karate Piñata with Anthony Mackie and Karate Kid Ralph Macchio

    Jimmy Fallon challenges Anthony Mackie and Ralph Macchio, who brings his "Karate Kid" expertise, to face off in a game that combines the skill of karate with the fun of a piñata party.

    (Published Saturday, April 21, 2018)

    9. Aaron Hernandez

    10. Fidget Spinner

    People

    1. Matt Lauer

    2. Meghan Markle

    3. Harvey Weinstein

    'Tonight': Tina Fey Surprises Fans While They Thank Her

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Tina Fey Surprises Fans While They Thank Her

    Tina Fey surprises superfans while they film video messages to her, sharing how her career and "Mean Girls" impacted them, and Jimmy Fallon surprises Tina with a heartfelt message of his own.

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

    'Tonight': Superlatives 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Superlatives 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to the NHL players competing in the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses

    1. Tom Petty

    2. Aaron Hernandez

    3. Chris Cornell

    4. Bill Paxton

    'Tonight': Wheel of Freestyle With Letitia Wright

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Wheel of Freestyle With 'Black Panther's' Letitia Wright

    Letitia Wright of "Black Panther" and The Roots' Black Thought take turns working three random words they've never seen before into a freestyle rap (plus a surprise freestyle from Jimmy Fallon).

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

    5. Hugh Hefner

    6. Chester Bennington

    7. Charlie Murphy

    8. Lil Peep

    9. Jim Nabors

    10. David Cassidy

    'Tonight': Hashtag #StonerStories

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Hashtag #StonerStories

    Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #StonerStories.

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 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

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    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': 'Catchphrase' With McHale, Che, Offset

    [NATL] 'Tonight': 'Catchphrase' With Joel McHale, Michael Che and Offset

    Jimmy Fallon teams up with Migos' Offset against Joel McHale and Michael Che for a game of "Catchphrase."

    (Published Wednesday, April 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?

    'Tonight': Michael Che on the Lies He Told in Interview

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Michael Che Points Out the Lies He Told in a 'Things You Don't Know About Me' Article

    Michael Che shares why he deleted most of his Instagram and the stories behind the photos he saved, explains his preference for British prejudice and admits which "facts" he gave for a "Things You Don't Know About Me" article were lies.

    (Published Wednesday, April 18, 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

    'Tonight': Robert De Niro Has Never Seen a Dog

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Robert De Niro Has Never Seen a Dog

    While backstage, Jimmy Fallon discovers Robert De Niro has never encountered a dog before.

    (Published Tuesday, April 17, 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