Google's top searches of 2017 were Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer

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Google also unveiled the top trending search terms nationally.

Besides YouTube, Google's other major yearly recap is for Search.

There are few metrics in the world that offer as much insight into our society as Google's annual "Year in Search".

The depressing list starts with storm searchers for Hurricane Irma, the first Category 5 hurricane of the season that blew through the U.S.in late August causing catastrophic damage particularly in Florida, the northeastern part of the Caribbean, the Carolinas and Georgia and killing more than 100 victims. The Las Vegas Shooting that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 was another dismal search.

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Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry also features heavily on the top searches around the world, while Matt Lauer's firing from NBC after allegations of "innappropriate sexual behaviour" led to him topping the most searched people in the US.

The Super Bowl and the Mayweather/McGregor fight landed at four and five, respectively, and the fidget spinners that briefly caught our short attention spans this year hit No. 10.

Other people on the top global list include Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Gal Gadot and Melania Trump.

Aside from Bitcoin, Google's search trends tell a tale of political tumult and royal romance. She was also the most searched actor of the year. It is followed by iPhone X in the second position, video game console Nintendo Switch in the third, Samsung Galaxy S8 in the fourth and Xbox One X in the fifth position.

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