Interesting (useless) Google searches in 2020

Kim Brooks
Babbling Brooks Column
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     Sometimes it’s a struggle for me to come up with a weekly column idea. Lately, it hasn’t been too bad, though.

     This week I had several ideas come to mind…

     My 2020 reading challenge. Let’s just say I read half the number of books I assumed I would read this year: 8/15. So I failed at that, but I did read some fantastic fiction, which is unusual for me. I highly recommend “The Lies That Bind” by Emily Giffin, “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand, and “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult.

     Some non-fiction favorites were “The House of Kennedy” by James Patterson (yes, an unusual piece of non-fiction by a famed fiction writer) and “Know My Name” by Chanel Miller.

     Another column idea I had: Things We Won’t Miss about 2020. However, know wants to drudge up the past? We need to remain positive and look toward a great 2021!

     I also thought about sharing some personal goals for myself for 2021, but considering I fell flat with my 2020 reading challenge, I don’t want to start making resolutions. Most fail at New Year’s resolutions anyway.

     Instead, I chose to share some useless but fun stats from Google’s year-end review.

     I bet you can’t name the one thing (a word) people googled this year… Give up? “Coronavirus!” (I think this should have been a given considering the fact that our entire year has been and continues to be consumed by COVID-19.)

The top five searches on Google this year:

     • Coronavirus

     • Election results (which also continues to be an ongoing thing)

     • Kobe Bryant

     • Zoom

     • IPL

     I didn’t actually know what IPL stood for, so I had to Google this as well: Indian Premier League. Apparently this is a cricket league in India.

     Coronavirus and the election results also ranked one and two on the top five news items searched on Google.

The top five actors/actresses searched on Google this year:

     • Tom Hanks

     • Joaquin Phoenix

     • Amitabh Bachchan

     • Ricky Gervais

     • Jada Pinkett Smith

     People must be captivated by what’s happening in India, because Amitabh Bachchan is a popular actor in India.

     Aside from the great movies Tom Hanks appeared in this year, I assume he has the top spot simply because he was the first actor to report having had COVID-19.

The top five athletes searched on Google this year:

     • Ryan Newman

     • Michael Jordan

     • Tyson Fury

     • Tom Brady

     • Mike Tyson

     Did you happen to catch ESPN’s documentary “The Last Dance” about Michael Jordan’s career? I’m not a huge sports fan, let alone a basketball fan, but I sat through all 10 episodes! (I needed something to do during the pandemic.) If you missed it, it’s currently on Netflix.

The top five losses searched on Google this year:

     • Kobe Bryant

     • Naya Rivera

     • Chadwick Boseman

     • Sushant Singh Rajput

     • George Floyd

The top five people searched on Google this year:

     • Joe Biden

     • Kim Jong Un

     • Boris Johnson

     • Kamala Harris

     • Tom Hanks

The top five recipes searched on Google this year:

     • Dalgona coffee

     • Ekmek

     • Sourdough bread

     • Pizza

     • Lahmacun

     While millions of people were on lockdown during the pandemic, it seemed as though everyone was learning how to make sourdough bread. So that recipe I can understand. But, who doesn’t know how to make pizza??

     Dalgona coffee is basically a fancy term for whipped coffee, which was also a popular item people learned to perfect during COVID.

     Ekmek is bread pudding. And lahmacun is a Turkish pizza recipe.

     I told you I was going to share useless facts from Google! Happy New Year!


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