google-logo-feature-1030x686In 2015 , there was quite the mengerie of searches done through Google’s search engine.    There were searches that asked about Lamar Odom, Ronda Rousey’s rising star, the new Snapchat update, the film “Jurassic World,” and a large variety of other topics.

There was even searches about “What is Charlie Charlie?”

More than 40 categories have been released by Google for their year-end lists that range from the top trending searches to the top trending people.  There were even lists that focused on travel questions and “how-to” searches.

A Google spokesperson had this to say, “We define the trending queries as the searches that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2015 as compared to 2014.”  According to Google, tracking trends for the year, versus their top searches, is a better way to find the topics and people that grew in popularity compared to the year before.

Below are some lists of Google’s trending topics:

Top Trending Searches

  1. Lamar Odom
  2. Jurassic World
  3. American Sniper
  4. Caitlyn Jenner
  5. Ronda Rousey
  6. Paris
  7. Agario
  8. Chris Kyle
  9. Fallout 4
  10. Straight Outta Compton

Some of these searches are no surprise at all, including Caitlyn Jenner change in lifestyle, Ronda Rousey’s rise to UFC stardom, Fallout 4’s video game success upon release and Jurassic Park’s movie fame.  With the attacks on Paris, it’s no surprise people wanted to find out as much as they can about it.

Top Trending People

  1. Lamar Odom
  2. Caitlyn Jenner
  3. Ronda Rousey
  4. Donald Trump
  5. Ruby Rose
  6. Charlie Sheen
  7. Brian Williams
  8. Rachel Dolezal
  9. Adele
  10. Josh Duggar

As far as specific people goes, we see a trend with Lamar Odom, Caitlyn Jenner and Ronda Rousey in this list as well as the top trending search list.  Josh Dugger’s scandal has grabbed some airtime, Charlie Sheen’s news that he has HIV became a huge thing with those following Hollywood star.

Top Trending “How To” Searches

  1. How to use the new Snapchat update
  2. How to solve a rubix cube
  3. How to get legendary marks
  4. How to play Charlie Charlie
  5. How to upgrade to Windows 10
  6. How to get the new emojis
  7. How to authorize a computer on iTunes
  8. How to hit the quan
  9. How to lose 10 pounds in a week
  10. How to use Apple Pay

There are some big things that I’ve noticed over the year that made it into the How-To list, including the “Charlie Charlie challenge,” which is similar to playing with a Ouija board, how to use the newest Snapchat update, and how to upgrade to Windows 10.  The Windows upgrade was certainly a heavy hitter this year, especially with the news that they would be skipping Windows 9 and going straight to 10.

Top Trending “What is…” Searches

  1. What is 0 divided by 0?
  2. What is Ashley Madison?
  3. What is a buckeye?
  4. What is the Charlie Charlie Challenge?
  5. What is a lunar eclipse?
  6. What is ebola?
  7. What is ISIS?
  8. What is red nose day?
  9. What is a blue moon?
  10. What is listeria?

This topic centers around what we were all most curious about in 2015.

A number of people were wondering about what Ashley Madison once it got hacked, got plenty of air time on the media, as well as the connection to Josh Dugger.  Another big deal was the wonderment about ISIS, since it’s a major worldwide issue at this point in time.

Top Trending Travel Questions

  1. What to pack for Cancun?
  2. Where is Disneyland?
  3. What airport is ORD?
  4. When is whale watching season in San Diego?
  5. What is a boutique hotel?
  6. What to do in St. Louis?
  7. What to do in Missoula, MT?
  8. What to do in Louisiana?
  9. What to do in Albuquerque?
  10. Where is Yellowstone National Park?

Although many were traveling to Chicago, they still were asking what ORD was.  ORD is the airport code for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, for those who don’t know.

To celebrate its 2015 Year in Review, Google created the following video:

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