Google’s “Year in Search” includes people, places, events and almost everything you can imagine ever searching for on Google. And several North Carolina topics pop up.
Hurricane Matthew, which caused widespread damage in the Tar Heel State, was Google’s #1 searched natural event this year.
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Families are still feeling the effects and local charities have seen an increased need in the areas hardest hit by the storm.
The Carolina Panthers may not be scoring as much this season, but thanks to the team’s Super Bowl run last season, it was the most searched NFL team in 2016. The Panthers were also the #5 most searched team in any sport. (The Panthers fall below the Chicago Cubs at #1.)
Quarterback Cam Newton of the Panthers was the most searched NFL player, and Beyoncé’s chart-topping hit “Formation,” which created a stir after she performed at the Super Bowl, was the top searched song of 2016.
Neither rain, lightning nor artists canceling shows because of HB2 could stop #QueenBey from giving her loyal fans a show to remember at Raleigh’s Carter-Finley stadium in May.
As we close out a year of divisive politics and look forward to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, one thing is certain – everyone loves a good green bean casserole. Google’s most searched recipe of 2016 is one to bring the whole family together.
Some of the top Google questions include ones that many of you may have asked a time or two in 2016:
1. “What is Pokemon Go?”
2. “What is a caucus?”
3. “What is Brexit?”
4. “What are electoral votes?”
5. “What is the electoral college?”
The top searched people are no surprise: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Steven Avery from the viral Netflix crime documentary “Making a Murderer,”and the most decorated Olympian ever, Team USA swimmer Michael Phelps, round out the Top 5.