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The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017

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Of the most searched terms worldwide in 2017, vote up the ones you definitely typed into Google at one point.

A look through the most searched terms in 2017 offers a fun glimpse into the cultural zeitgeist and review of the biggest news events in 2017. Google released their list of most searched on Google in 2017 and it shows popular search terms like solar eclipse, fidget spinner, April the Giraffe, bitcoin price, and "what is a hurricane?" Other sites such as Merriam-Webster's dictionary also named their top words of the year based on Internet searches. "Feminism" was the year's winner, beating out Dictionary.com's "complicit." So 2017, right? A time capsule of our lives.

Some people spent their lunch hours furiously searching the names of accused sex offenders: Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bill O'Reilly, and Louis CK all made the list. Other people turned to Google to keep tabs on the protests going on, but first they had to make sure they knew what DACA, net neutrality, and the Paris Climate Agreement are. People searched for athletes, sports events, and news stories. A lot of the most searched words on Google were of up and coming actors who starred in movies and TV shows in 2017 (and one who got engaged to a prince). 

Look through this list of the most searched keywords (their ranking on Google's list is included below) and vote up the words that you definitely remember searching for in 2017.

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  • #8 in Actors

    Why: The English actor starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017.

  • Social Eclipse
    2

    Social Eclipse

    #3 in News, #7 in Searches

    Why: On August 21, Americans watched a total solar eclipse move across the continent.

  • Las Vegas shooting
    3

    Las Vegas shooting

    #2 in News, #5 in Searches

    Why: On October 1, a gunman inside the Mandalay Bay hotel opened fire on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, killing 58 people and injuring 546 more.

  • #6 in News

    Why: In 2017, North Korea conducted a series of truly alarming missile and nuclear tests that demonstrated the country's nuclear abilities.

  • Hurricane Harvey
    5

    Hurricane Harvey

    #4 in News, #8 in Searches

    Why: From mid-August until early September, the hurricane devastated the Houston metropolitan area, inflicting an estimated $200 billion in damage.

  • Hurricane Irma
    6

    Hurricane Irma

    #1 in Searches, #1 in News

    Why: The most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, Irma made landfall in Florida in late August, killing at least 134 people.  

  • IT
    7

    #1 in Movies

    Why: On September 8, the horror film broke box office records with its $123 million opening.

  • What is Bitcoin?
    8

    What is Bitcoin?

    #2 in What is...

    Why: Bitcoin currency was definitely in the news in 2017 - many people were tracking its value, a lot of people got rich off of it, and some people were just trying to figure out what the hell it is (a cryptocurrency).

  • What is net neutrality?
    9

    What is net neutrality?

    #5 in What is...

    Why: In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, which since 2015 had prohibited Internet providers from blocking or slowing particular websites. 

  • #3 in Movies

    Why: Wonder Woman is a super popular and critically acclaimed DC superhero film that came out in 2017 and stars Israeli model Gal Godot.

  • #1 in Actors, #2 in People

    Why: On November 27, the actress and Prince Harry announced that they are engaged and planning a wedding for May 2018.

  • Gal Gadot
    12

    #3 in Actors, #10 in People

    Why: The Israeli actress starred in Wonder Woman in May and appeared again in Justice League in November.

  • How to make slime
    13

    How to make slime

    #1 in How to...

    Why: In 2017, photos of colorful slime trended on social media and teens worldwide went to Google to find out how to make it themselves.

  • Fidget Spinner
    14

    Fidget Spinner

    #10 in Searches

    Why: Fidget spinners were the toy that all of the cool kids were bringing to school in 2017.

  • #3 in People

    Why: Beginning in October, more than 80 women came forth to accuse the prominent film producer and executive of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or rape. These allegations inspired the #MeToo movement

  • What is covfefe?
    16

    What is covfefe?

    #6 in What is...

    Why: On May 31, at 12:06 a.m., President Donald Trump tweeted exactly this: Despite the constant negative press covfefe

  • #2 in Movies

    Why: This highly-anticipated live-action remake of the Disney classic, starring Emma Watson, was released on March 17.

  • #7 in Actors

    Why: On October 27, Millie Bobby Brown reprised her role as Eleven in Season 2 of the popular Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things.

  • Women's March
    19

    Women's March

    #9 in Activations (Protests)

    Why: On January 21, one day after the inauguration of President Trump, hundreds of thousands of people marched worldwide to advocate for women's rights, human rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, and many other causes.

  • Nintendo Switch
    20

    Nintendo Switch

    #3 in Consumer Tech

    Why: This new gaming console was released worldwide in March 2017.

  • Get Out
    21

    #4 in Movies

    Why: Get Out, directed by Key and Peele's Jordan Peele, shattered box office records in 2017 with its $160M opening. Peele is the first black writer-director with a $100-million+ film debut.

  • #8 in Movies

    Why: This sequel to the popular Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt was released in 2017.

  • #7 in People

    Why: As the new first lady of the United States in 2017 and a bit of a mysterious character, people took to Google in 2017 to find out more about her. 

  • iPhone X
    24

    iPhone X

    #2 in Consumer Tech

    Why: The newest and highest level of iPhone was released in November 2017.

  • #6 in Actors

    Why: In 2017, this Swedish actor starred in both Atomic Blonde as Merkel and It as Pennywise the Clown.