Dec 17, 2013 11:38 AM EST
Paul Walker, Nelson Mandela Trend Hardest In Google's Year End Report; Most Searched For Athletes Noticeably Less Skilled This Year Than Last
Spurred by his recent death at the age of 95, Nelson Mandela was the top trending search term on Google in the year 2013, the Washington Post reported. Paul Walker was #2 (and based on that fact, you likely already know why). The global top five:
1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. iPhone 5s
4. Cory Monteith
5. Harlem Shake
That doesn't mean Mandela or Walker generated the most hits overall in 2013; rather, it means upon their deaths, they received the largest increase in searches from one period to another than any other term this year. Celebrity deaths actually took three of the top five global spots, with Cory Monteith's (from "Glee") drug overdose number four.
For the stateside trending list, Paul Walker was number one and Mandela was number three, with the Boston Marathon Bombing at number two. The full top five:
1. Paul Waker
2. Boston Marathon Bombing
3. Nelson Mandela
4. Cory Monteith
5. iPhone 5s
Google's comprehensive and catchy 2013 report also featured a video recap, top ten lists in categories like athletes and appetizers, and a state-by-state breakdown of search terms. In case you were wondering, tomato mozzarella was the top trending appetizer, Aaron Hernandez for athletes, and Black Friday for events, among others.
The recap video was only a minute and a half in length, and focused on more abstract search terms than categorized items. "What did people search for in 2013?" a voice asks as the video proceeds to summarize the intentions of people's searchers, from new beginnings (new pope, Prince's marriage in England) to new frontiers (space exploration) to how can we help (Syria, typhoon, Boston Marathon) to celebrity deaths (Mandela, Walker). The video ends with the image of "Bat Kid," the five year-old leukemia patient who got to re-enact his fantasy in the streets of San Francisco.
Say what you want about Miley Cyrus, but she was the most searched for person in 2013 and the most searched for actor in 2012. Also, the five most searched for athletes in 2012 (Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, and Manny Pacquiao) could probably beat the most searched for athletes in 2013 (Aaron Hernandez, Adrian Peterson, Kevin Ware, Jason Collins, and Oscar Pistorius) in literally any sport.
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