Search giant Google has revealed the top ten searches of 2017, which include natural disasters, tragedies, sports and toys. Here are the top ten searches of the US in 2017:
10. Fidget Spinner
The fidget spinner was the most searched toy of 2017, with its rise in popularity beginning in April. The toy that’s designed to spin with little effort became so popular that children began taking them to school. In the following months, the toy was everywhere and more and more unique versions were released. In July, the world’s most expensive fidget spinner went on sale for $17,400. The company created just four fidget spinners in gold.
9. Aaron Hernandez
Aaron Hernandez committed suicide just days after being acquitted of a double homicide. He was arrested in 2013 and charged for the murder of Odin Lloyd. He was released by the Patriots, the team that drafted him in 2010, shortly after his arrest. Hernandez’s brain was released to Boston University to be studied for CTE, a disease found in people who suffer multiple hits to the head, including football players who suffer concussions. In September, the university released a statement saying that his brain injuries were consistent with CTE. Hernandez’s fiancee sued the team and the NFL in September. According to reports, she claims the league and team failed to notify him about the fatal link between the disease and suicide.
8. Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey affected a few countries and US states but one of the most affected was Texas. The storm left 91 people dead and nearly $200 billion in damages. Hurricane Harvey, the costliest storm ever in the US, was the third hurricane of the season. The storm left more than 300,000 people without electricity and damages in more than 48,000 homes in Texas.
7. Solar Eclipse
The solar eclipse of August 21 was a total solar eclipse visible across the US, northern Canada and parts of South America. The previous eclipse visible across the US had happened back in 1918. It was an event that everyone wanted to see and experts quickly warned that eclipse glasses were needed for this. Prior to the eclipse, there was some confusion as counterfeit glasses began going up for sale.
6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight
The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight was one of the most searched and talked about sporting events of the year as it brought a boxing legend back to the ring for one more fight. It was also the boxing debut of Conor McGregor, one of the most talented UFC fighters. The match ended with Mayweather winning in the tenth round by TKO.
5. Las Vegas Shooting
The Las Vegas shooting occurred on October 1 in a music festival that had about 22,000 people at the time. Country music singer Jason Aldean was giving the closing performance when Stephen Paddock began firing at the crowd from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel. 58 people lost their lives and more than 500 were injured.
4. Super Bowl
Super Bowl LI had one of the craziest endings in history, with a huge comeback by the New England Patriots. The Atlanta Falcons had a strong first half and followed that by increasing their lead to 28-3 midway through the third quarter. But things would later change, with Tom Brady and his team making huge plays to tie the game and take it to overtime. The Patriots would go on to win the game 34 – 28. It was the largest comeback in Super Bowl history and the first to go into overtime.
3. Tom Petty
Tom Petty, the popular singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band the Heartbreakers, died in Los Angeles on Monday, October 2. The news were revealed by his longtime manager, who released a statement saying that Mr. Petty suffered cardiac arrest at his home.
2. Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer was fired by NBC News two weeks ago after an employee filed a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior. Lauer was the host of The Today Show from 1997 to 2017. Variety recently reported that ratings continue to surge after his firing. Lauer released a statement after he was fired in which he said he is embarrassed and ashamed.
1. Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma, an extremely powerful category five storm, affected many countries and US states. The hurricane caused at least 134 deaths and billions of dollars in damages. Hurricane Irma was not only very powerful but also set records for having 185 mph winds for 37 hours. The storm was one of many that left destruction across countries and US states this season.