Google's top searches of 2017 were Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer

Google's top searches of 2017 were Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer

Instead, our favourite movie search of the year was Christopher Nolan's Second World War epic Dunkirk, followed by the clown-based horror movie It. Beauty & the Beast finished off the top three.

Dumi Masilela's wife Simphiwe Ngema singing at her husband's memorial in Johannesburg. The most popular searches overall of 2017 are Hurricane Irma, iPhone X, Matt Lauer, and Meghan Markle.

October's ex-Hurricane Ophelia was the highest-trending topic of the year, an unsurprising result given its impact at the time on everyone in Ireland.

The Super Bowl and the Mayweather/McGregor fight landed at four and five, respectively, and the fidget spinners that briefly caught our short attention spans this year hit No. 10. The No. 1 searched person was a man accused of sexual harassment.

Multiple women accuse Russell Simmons of rape
The accusations, laid out in major exposés in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times , span a time period of 33 years. According to the Times , all of the women worked with Simmons in some professional manner throughout the years.

The depressing list starts with storm searchers for Hurricane Irma, the first Category 5 hurricane of the season that blew through the U.S.in late August causing catastrophic damage particularly in Florida, the northeastern part of the Caribbean, the Carolinas and Georgia and killing more than 100 victims. A number of other subjects of sexual misconduct allegations also made the Top 10 people list, including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Bill O'Reilly.

What does a cricket-mad nation obsessed with movies search for on Google?

And surprisingly, the making of slime was the most searched for How to. question.

The Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xbox One X were the third, fourth and fifth most frequently used consumer tech search terms.

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