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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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    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.

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    Searches

    1. Hurricane Irma

    2. Matt Lauer

    '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)

    3. Tom Petty

    4. Super Bowl

    5. Las Vegas Shooting

    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

    7. Solar Eclipse

    8. Hurricane Harvey

    '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)

    9. Aaron Hernandez

    10. Fidget Spinner

    People

    1. Matt Lauer

    2. Meghan Markle

    3. Harvey Weinstein

    '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)

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

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    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': Jinx Challenge with Chris Hemsworth

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Jinx Challenge with Chris Hemsworth

    Jimmy Fallon and Chris Hemsworth draw random categories, then try to shout out the same answer at the same time to jinx each other.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 17, 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

    'Tonight': Trump's Fake News Awards

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Trump's Fake News Awards

    "President Trump" hands out Fake News awards to the media with help from first lady Melania (Gina Gershon) and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (Rachel Dratch).

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 16, 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

    'Late Night': Leslie Jones Wants Oprah to Run for President

    [NATL] 'Late Night': Leslie Jones Wants Oprah to Run for President

    After playing Oprah on "Saturday Night Live," Leslie Jones tells Seth Meyers she now has a personal investment in Oprah running for president. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 17, 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?

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    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' Thank You Notes: Steve Bannon Leaving Breitbart

    [NATL] 'Tonight' Thank You Notes: Steve Bannon Leaving Breitbart, Wearing Colorful Socks

    Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to Kim Jong Un, asking someone to go ice-skating and other things.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 12, 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