Google Zeitgeist 2013 search term stats were released today

GoogleGoogle has released their list of the most searched for terms of the year. That includes not only top trending keywords, but also people, items and events that caught the interest of the world at large through 2013.

Anybody who has paid attention to events this year won’t be especially surprised by the items on the list. Among other popular search topics this year were celebrity deaths, breakups and pregnancies, baby names, cars, and annual events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Tour de France. The top ten search items were:

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Paul Walker
  3. iPhone 5s
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Boston Marathon
  7. Royal Baby
  8. Samsung Galaxy s4
  9. PlayStation 4
  10. North Korea

But they also looked in different categories that you may not have even wondered about. For example, did you know that the top five calorie check searches for the year were eggs, bananas, beer, oatmeal and sugar, in that order?

Or that the most searches for cocktail recipes were: Aviation, Painkiller, Blue Hawaiian, Ramos Gin Fizz and Gin Sour? Most of which I have never even heard of. Though, I am more of a straight shots kind of girl, so that isn’t too big of a shock.

Certain brands made more of an impact on search engines this time around. The five most popular were Khol’s, JC Penny, Nordstrom, Forever 21 and Victoria’s Secret. Food companies and Fortune 500 companies has their own lists.

For a feel-good statistic, there were ten major searches for donations this year. They included Philippines, Oklahoma, Boston, Wikipedia, Moore, Russia, OptiFine, Cancer research and Uttarakhand.

Grumpy Cat was the obvious choice for most popular internet animal meme. I don’t even remember any other animals circulating the internet with great popularity this year, that is how popular Tartar Sauce and her irritable little face was in 2013. She is featuring on physical ads for cat food that have been slipped through my mailbox (seriously).

But there are allegedly others, such as Lil Bub, Tuna the Dog and Colonel Meow. Whoever they are.

You can see the full list of search trends at the official website here.

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