Matt Lauer's Name Is Google's Second-Most Searched Term In America

Isaac Cain
December 14, 2017

Google's biggest search also relates to the sports world: Hurricane Irma spread mass devastation across the Caribbean and southern United States.

Google revealed its most searched terms of 2017 on Wednesday, which in the US included Hurricane Irma and Matt Lauer as well as other men accused of sexual misconduct this year.

Google says that the most searched places "near me" included dentists, gynecologists, printing shops, doctors and pharmacies - as well as the restaurants listed above.

The top search term of the year in the USA and globally was Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 hurricane that hit the coast of Florida in September.

To nobody's surprise, most of the top fashion brands are designer - we're clearly not the only people who search up our dream designer shoes and bags just to gaze at them for a while. The Las Vegas Shooting that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 was another dismal search.

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Lauer, the disgraced former host of NBC's Today show, also appears in the number four spot for overall global searches (number two in USA searches).

The annual Year in Search analyzes Google Trends data to uncover "what the world was searching for". It shows that people were moved by the tragedies that occurred this year and wanted to help those affected.

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was the second-most searched person in the losses category after his shocking suicide in April, with only musician Tom Petty topping him. In fact this was the second most asked question in the "How to." section, right after a query straight from a Mensa member: "How to make slime".

"In these moments and others, our collective humanity shined as we asked "how to help" more than ever before", Google notes.

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