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.
#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.
#8 in Actors
Why: The English actor starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017.Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the BRIT School in London, he is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so far... more
How to make solar eclipse glasses
#2 in How to...
Why: In August, everyone was obsessed with viewing the solar eclipse... but first we had to either buy or make our own glasses.
April the Giraffe
#9 in News
Why: April the Giraffe gained worldwide fame after a live video of her in the late stages of pregnancy, along with the subsequent birth, were put on YouTube.
#3 in News, #7 in Searches
Why: On August 21, Americans watched a total solar eclipse move across the continent.
#6 in Movies
Why: This 2017 Marvel film was Hugh Jackman's last as Wolverine.Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film... more
#10 in Movies
Why: Christopher Nolan's masterpiece of laser-focused tension within the enormous context of WWII, featuring Harry Styles in his first acting role, premiered on July 21.
#8 in Movies
Why: This sequel to the popular Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt was released in 2017.
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.
NFL National Anthem protests
#1 in Activations (protests)
Why: The symbolic act of kneeling during the national anthem drew the nation's attention to social and race issues.
#5 in News
Why: In 2017, bitcoin prices soared from $1,000 up to $11,000 and back and forth and everywhere in between. Some people made a lot of money.Bitcoin (BTC) is a cryptocurrency created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. The cryptocurrency is a decentralized digital currency that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network... more
#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.
#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.
#9 in Movies
Why: On January 24, this film about the history of NASA's black female scientists was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American... more
#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.
Mayweather vs McGregor fight
#6 in Searches
Why: Undefeated, undisputed champion Floyd Mayweather bested the MMA star on August 26, as the world had predicted.
#2 in Actors, #5 in People
Why: The House of Cards star came under scandal in November 2017 as more than a dozen men - including five who were underage at the time - came forward with sexual assault accusations. Spacey seized on this moment to publicly come out of the closet.
Unicorn Frappuccino Calories
#1 in Calories
Why: In April, Starbucks released this work of art (or monstrosity, depending on whom you ask), sugar, and calories.
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.
#4 in Actors
Why: In November 2017, the New York Times published sexual harassment allegations against comedian Louis C.K., who confirmed the stories were true.Louis Székely () (born September 12, 1967), better known by his stage name Louis C.K. (), is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and filmmaker. In 2012, C.K. won a Peabody Award and has... 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.North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The capital and largest city is Pyongyang. North Korea... more
#7 in Movies
Why: Baby Driver opened to a ton of buzz in 2017 and for the most part lived up the hype.Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble when... more
#9 in People
Why: In November, the Pro-Trump, alt-right, anti-LGBTQ rights (although he himself is gay), neo-Nazi sympathizer—who was permanently banned from Twitter in July 2016—toured Australia as a speaker.
#3 in Actors, #10 in People
Why: The Israeli actress starred in Wonder Woman in May and appeared again in Justice League in November.
#4 in Searches
Why: On February 5, the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime during Super Bowl LI.