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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

    'Tonight': Rachel Brosnahan Still Plays 'Pokemon Go'

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Rachel Brosnahan Still Plays 'Pokemon Go'

    "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" actress Rachel Brosnahan talks about being nervous to host "Saturday Night Live," adding new awards to her "toilet shelf" and her and her husband's obsession with "Pokemon Go."

    (Published Friday, Jan. 18, 2019)

    3. Tom Petty

    4. Super Bowl

    5. Las Vegas Shooting

    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

    7. Solar Eclipse

    8. Hurricane Harvey

    'Tonight': Fallon's Favorite 7-Word Super Powers

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Fallon's Favorite 7-Word Super Powers

    Jimmy Fallon reads some of his favorite tweets with the hashtag #7WordSuperPower.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 18, 2019)

    9. Aaron Hernandez

    10. Fidget Spinner

    People

    1. Matt Lauer

    2. Meghan Markle

    3. Harvey Weinstein

    'Late Night': Strahan Skipped White House After Super Bowl

    [NATL] 'Late Night': Strahan Skipped White House After Super Bowl

    Michael Strahan talks about declining an invitation to the White House after the Super Bowl and what it's like to work with Tom Brady on their new sports media company. 

    (Published Friday, Jan. 18, 2019)

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

    The Super Blood Wolf Moon Is Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

    [NATL] The Super Blood Wolf Moon Is Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

    Find out how you can watch the Super Blood Wolf Moon and how this lunar eclipse got its rad name.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019)

    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses

    1. Tom Petty

    2. Aaron Hernandez

    3. Chris Cornell

    4. Bill Paxton

    A Peek Backstage: How Disney Resort Shows Are Made

    [NATL-AP] A Peek Backstage: How Disney Resort Shows Are Made

    Behind every Disney live performance and parade are months of planning, preparations and practice.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019)

    5. Hugh Hefner

    6. Chester Bennington

    7. Charlie Murphy

    8. Lil Peep

    9. Jim Nabors

    10. David Cassidy

    'Late Night': James McAvoy Really Admires Samuel L. Jackson

    [NATL] 'Late Night': James McAvoy Really Admires Samuel L. Jackson

    Actor James McAvoy talks about his character on the new M. Night Shyamalan film "Glass," and working with co-stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)

    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' in PR: Watch Fallon Ride 'The Monster' Zip Line

    [NATL] 'Tonight' in PR: Watch Fallon Ride 'The Monster' Zip Line

    Jimmy Fallon and The Roots' Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter strap on GoPro cameras and take on El Monstruo, the world's second-longest zip line at Toro Verde in Puerto Rico.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)

    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' in PR: Fallon Joins 'Hamilton' Cast on Stage

    [NATL] 'Tonight' in PR: Fallon Joins 'Hamilton' Cast on Stage

    Jimmy Fallon puts a "Tonight Show" spin on "Hamilton" as he joins the Puerto Rico cast for a special version of "The Story of Tonight."

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)

    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?

    Photoshot via Getty Images

    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

    'Tonight': Poetry Slam the News With Samuel L. Jackson

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Poetry Slam the News With Samuel L. Jackson

    Jimmy Fallon and Samuel L. Jackson poetry slam the news of the week, including the government shutdown and President Donald Trump's border wall.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019)

    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