2017 was a pretty catastrophic year by any rational calculation, and the one thing people love to do when the shit hits the fan is Google stuff. Kim Jong-un is threatening to blow up the world? Google it. Wondering why it’s 85 degrees in December? Google it. Got a weird mole on your arm? Google it. But different states use Google for different reasons, and this list breaks down the most Googled words, phrases, and names of 2017 by state. It’s actually pretty hilarious to look at the list, especially when you consider all the crazy stuff that happened this year.
Some of the highlights include Washington D.C. topping the list for searches of “What is sexual harassement [sic]?” and Rhode Island asking the age-old question, “Where is Richard Simmons?” Utah, on the other hand, watched a lot of movies and TV shows this year, putting Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast, Stranger Things, Justice League, Riverdale, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the top of their list. New York was more interested in the recent string of sexual misconduct allegations, searching Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan, Anthony Weiner, and Jeffery Tambor the most, among others.
Hawaii got hit pretty hard this year, Googling “How to buy Bitcoin” and “North Korea” the most. Yikes. Meanwhile, Alabama seemed pretty interested in searching “Roy Moore allegations” before the Senate election on December 12th.
You can check out the full list of Googled terms right here. Reading through it, it’s an accurate reflection of the year we went through as a nation. No two states had the exact same lists, which really speaks to just how much incomprehensibly crazy stuff went down in 2017. A lot of our favorite celebrities either died or were outed as sexual harassers; it seemed like we spent the entire year on the brink of nuclear warfare; and, well, Trump. Take it from my home state of New Jersey, who’s been Googling “2018” the most out of any state: we need to have a better year.
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Source: The Daily Dot