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This is what Google says we searched for in 2017

Aaron Aupperlee
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Hurricane Irma, recipes for chicken breasts, “Despacito,” Matt Lauer and how to make slime topped Google’s most searched topics for 2017.

The tech giant Wednesday released a series of lists with the top trending searches over the past year .

Globally, the top search was for Hurricane Irma.

Matt Lauer, who was fired by NBC last month after he was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, was the most searched person in the world. “Despacito,” a catchy tune from Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, was the most searched song in the world. Chicken breast recipes were the most searched recipes in the world, beating out ground beef recipes. And more people asked Google how to make slime than how to make solar eclipse glasses.

Google, in a video about our search habits in 2017, said this year, more than ever, we asked, “How,” from “How far can North Korean missiles go” to “How to calm a dog during a storm” to “How to make a protest sign” to “How to watch the eclipse” to “How to be a strong woman.”

The golden retriever was the most searched dog breed in the United States, followed by the poodle and the Pembroke Welsh corgi.

Canadians wanted to how hurricanes are named, how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon and how soon should someone take a pregnacy test.

And the Brits looked for recipes for chili con carne, spaghetti bolognese, beef bourguignon, beef stroganoff and hot cross buns.

Google complies the lists based on search terms that had high spikes in traffic in 2017 as compared to 2016.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected], 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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