For the past 14 years, Google has carefully kept track of what its users have searched for and, at the end of the year, released a wide-ranging report on queries about everything from health to pop culture to entertainment — and especially food. This year, the project, formerly known as Google Zeitgeist, got a new name: Google Year in Search (maybe not enough people were searching "Zeitgeist"). The site has just gone live, and a corresponding video has been released. As it is every year, it’s a fascinating peek into American culture.
“Every year, we reflect on the moments that made us laugh, smile from ear to ear, or kept us grippedto our screens in our annual Year in Search,” Google’s Senior Vice President, Search said in a blog post. “It was a year in which we were struck by the death of a beloved comedian, and watched news unfold about a horrific plane crash and a terrifying disease. We were captivated by the beautiful game, and had our fun with birds, a bucket of ice, and a frozen princess.”
Robin Williams was the most trending search of the year, followed by World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines, and Flappy Bird. “What is Ebola?” was the top “What is…” question, as opposed to last year’s “What is twerking?”
As for food, new trends included chia seeds and gogi berries, replacing 2013’s kale and quinoa, and the only trending search that featured the words “potato salad” revolved around the infamous crowdsourced potato salad party, which was also the year’s largest search trend around crowdfunding. Searches for “strawberries and cream” peaked globally during Wimbledon, and, believe it or not, the Japanese searched for French food more than the French, Australians searched for Argentinean food more than Argentines, and Brits searched for Indian food more than Indians. We’ve also been given access to four of their food and drink-related searches: Trending Calorie Searches, Top Beer, Top Cocktails, and Trending Recipes. Here they are:
Trending Calorie Searches:
#10 How many calories are in a slice of pizza?
#9 How many calories are in an orange?
#8 How many calories are in watermelon?
#7 How many calories are in a Big Mac?
#6 How many calories are in a cheeseburger?
#5 How many calories are in an avocado?
#3 How many calories are in an egg?
#2 How many calories are in pumpkin pie?
#1 How many calories are in a banana?
#10 Sierra Nevada
#7 Bud Light
#5 Blue Moon
#10 Tequila Sunrise
#9 Long Island Iced Tea
#8 White Russian
#7 Moscow Mule
#6 Mint Julep
#10 Pork chops
#8 French toast
#6 Crock pot recipes
#3 Banana bread
There are more than 1 trillion Google queries in nearly 150 languages every year, and while there weren’t nearly as many searches for cupcakes this year as in previous years, there’s still plenty to glean. A lot of people apparently want to know how many calories there are in a banana, and even though Budweiser is losing market share, it’s still the top-searched beer. Lots of people attempted to make margaritas, and everyone is still trying to figure out how to make decent chicken.
Never before in history has there been such unfettered access to information, and also to information about what information people are searching for. So many thanks, Google, for boggling our minds while simultaneously making everything a whole lot simpler. Read on for more details about the most searched-for food and drink in the English language in 2014.
Calorie Searches: #3: How many calories are in an egg?
Millions of people wanted to know how many calories are in an egg in 2014. The answer? About 78, with five grams of fat, six grams of protein, and 187 milligrams of cholesterol. Thanks, Google!
Calorie Searches: #2: How many calories are in pumpkin pie?
Just about everyone wants to eat some pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, but it’s probably worth it to know going in that an average slice contains more than 300 calories.