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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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    Monkey Selfies, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Lauer Top Google in 2017
    Ted S. Warren/AP, File
    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.

    UNITED STATES

    Searches

    1. Hurricane Irma

    2. Matt Lauer

    CREED II FEATURETTE-1542308495246

    [NATL] CREED II FEATURETTE-1542308495246

    Michael B. Jordan and Sylvster Stallone on "Creed II."

    (Published 3 hours ago)

    3. Tom Petty

    4. Super Bowl

    5. Las Vegas Shooting

    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

    7. Solar Eclipse

    8. Hurricane Harvey

    'Late Night’: Short Says Meyers Looks Like O’Rourke-Cruz Love Child

    [NATL] 'Late Night’: Short Says Meyers Looks Like O’Rourke-Cruz Love Child

    Comedian Martin Short talks about the midterm elections and tells Seth Meyers he has youthful skin and looks like the love child of U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. 

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    9. Aaron Hernandez

    10. Fidget Spinner

    People

    1. Matt Lauer

    2. Meghan Markle

    3. Harvey Weinstein

    Lester Cohen/Getty Images for LARAS

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

    'Tonight’: #TurkeyDayTradition Hashtags

    [NATL] 'Tonight’: #TurkeyDayTradition Hashtags

    Jimmy Fallon reads some of his favorite tweets with the hashtag #TurkeyDayTradition.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses

    1. Tom Petty

    2. Aaron Hernandez

    3. Chris Cornell

    4. Bill Paxton

    ‘Tonight’: Steve Carell Was Nervous Meeting Kelly Clarkson

    [NATL] ‘Tonight’: Steve Carell Was Nervous Meeting Kelly Clarkson

    "Welcome to Marwen" star Steve Carell talks about returning to host “SNL" after a decade and why he was scared to meet Kelly Clarkson in person after screaming her name in the classic "40-Year-Old Virgin" scene.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    5. Hugh Hefner

    6. Chester Bennington

    7. Charlie Murphy

    8. Lil Peep

    9. Jim Nabors

    10. David Cassidy

    Cast of 'Fantastic Beasts' Talk 'Crimes of Grindelwald'

    [NATL] Cast of 'Fantastic Beasts' Talk 'Crimes of Grindelwald'

    The cast of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" talk about their time filming "The Crimes of Grindelwald," part two of the Harry Potter spin-off. "The Crimes of Grindelwald" appears in theaters Nov. 16.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 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

    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’: Stanley Tucci Talks About 'A Private War'

    [NATL] 'Late Night’: Stanley Tucci Talks About 'A Private War'

    Stanley Tucci talks about fatherhood, what he misses about living in the United States and the story behind "A Private War."

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 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?

    'Tonight’: Thanksgiving Dinner Pringles for a Midnight Snack

    [NATL] 'Tonight’: Thanksgiving Dinner Pringles for a Midnight Snack

    Jimmy Fallon and The Roots' resident foodies, Questlove and Tarik, taste and rate some of the weirdest snack combinations they could find.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018)

    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

    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