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Google Shares "Year In Search 2017"

Google Shares

Dumi Masilela's wife Simphiwe Ngema singing at her husband's memorial in Johannesburg.

"Each year, Google's Year in Search provides a fascinating snapshot into what we cared about collectively as a country over the preceding 12 months, and this year is no different", Fionnuala Meehan, head of Google Ireland, said.

Globally, the top Google search terms of 2017 included Hurricane Irma, iPhone 8, iPhone X, the disgraced Matt Lauer, and princess-to-be Meghan Markle.

The search engine released its figures from the year, which showed Hurricane Irma was the most searched category and Lauer came close in second place, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Among the global elections section, French Election topped the list followed by German federal election, United Kingdom election, Uttar Pradesh election, Georgia special election and more.

Trump puts Moon back on NASA's road map to Mars
They also said the country isn't the accepted leader in human space exploration any longer, but "should be a leader in space". In September, Trump nominated Representative Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma, to be the next NASA administrator.

Following close behind Lauer were rock star Tom Petty, who died in October, the Super Bowl and the Las Vegas massacre. Matt Lauer is the former co-host of NBC's "Today" show, who was sacked last month amid allegations of sexual harassment.

And surprisingly, the making of slime was the most searched for How to. question. The solar eclipse and fidget spinners also made the list.

The most searched movies were "It", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Wonder Woman". The Nintendo Switch launched in March and was the second most searched for tech item after Apple's latest iPhones.


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