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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

    3. Tom Petty

    4. Super Bowl

    5. Las Vegas Shooting

    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

    7. Solar Eclipse

    8. Hurricane Harvey

    'Tonight' Thank You Notes: Steve Bannon Leaving Breitbart

    [NATL] 'Tonight' Thank You Notes: Steve Bannon Leaving Breitbart, Wearing Colorful Socks

    Jimmy Fallon pens thank you notes to Kim Jong Un, asking someone to go ice-skating and other things.

    (Published Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018)

    9. Aaron Hernandez

    10. Fidget Spinner

    People

    1. Matt Lauer

    2. Meghan Markle

    3. Harvey Weinstein

    'Late Night': Jake Tapper on Interviewing Stephen Miller

    [NATL]'Late Night': Jake Tapper Talks About Interviewing Stephen Miller

    Seth Meyers talks to CNN's Jake Tapper about his recent, tense interview with Stephen Miller, an adviser to President Donald Trump.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 12, 2018)

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

    'Tonight': Charades With Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins

    [NATL]'Tonight': Charades With Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins

    Jimmy Fallon and Gal Gadot battle it out against Patty Jenkins and The Roots' Tarik Trotter in a competitive game of charades.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 12, 2018)

    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses

    1. Tom Petty

    2. Aaron Hernandez

    3. Chris Cornell

    4. Bill Paxton

    'Late Night': James Franco Addresses Misconduct Allegations

    [NATL] 'Late Night': James Franco Addresses His Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    James Franco tells Seth Meyers he's just "letting it be" now that his accuser Ally Sheedy has taken down a cryptic #MeToo tweet in which she appeared to take aim at the actor-director. 

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018)

    5. Hugh Hefner

    6. Chester Bennington

    7. Charlie Murphy

    8. Lil Peep

    9. Jim Nabors

    10. David Cassidy

    'Tonight': Catchphrase With Saoirse Ronan and Timothée

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Catchphrase With Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet

    Jimmy Fallon teams up with Saoirse Ronan against Timothée Chalamet and The Roots' Tarik Trotter for a game of Catchphrase.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 11, 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

    'Tonight': Timothée Chalamet on Meeting Jolie, Aniston

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Timothée Chalamet on Meeting Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston Back to Back

    Timothée Chalamet dishes on chatting with Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston at the Golden Globes, an embarrassing wipeout at a Q&A and how he ended up in bed with his "Call Me by Your Name" co-star Armie Hammer and his wife.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018)

    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

    'Tonight': Hugh Grant and Jimmy Fallon Drink Beer From Shoes

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Hugh Grant and Jimmy Fallon Chug a 'Shoey' (i.e. Drink Beer from Their Shoes)

    Hugh Grant reveals how his casting as the villain in "Paddington 2" was so spot on, it crushed his pride a little and shows Jimmy Fallon how to do a proper "shoey."

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 10, 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': Jimmy Fallon Plays Super Pink's 'Toilet Paper'

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Jimmy Fallon Plays Super Pink's 'Toilet Paper'

    Jimmy Fallon highlights some music you should avoid, including a tune about finding a dollar in the woods.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 10, 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

    'Late Night': 'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele as a Kid

    [NATL] 'Late Night': 'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele Shares Embarrassing 'Beetlejuice' Costume

    Seth Meyers congratulates Jordan Peele on the success of "Get Out" as the 2017 horror film of the year, but embarrasses him by showing a picture of Jordan dressed as "Beetlejuice" as a child.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018)

    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