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Farewell 2018: A Wrap Up Of This Year’s Top Google Searches

So 2018 is almost drawing to its bittersweet end. There’s nothing like the last few days of the year to bring about feelings of nostalgia, and it’s high time we all look back. It’s been a tumultuous 365 days, that’s certain. We all collectively rejoiced at the Royal Wedding, watched the Thailand cave rescue in real time with trepidation, mourned the music world’s loss with the passing of Avicii. Let’s all take comfort in the fact that no matter what the nature of events, this year is over and we can all move forward with some semblance of hope that 2019 will at least be marginally better. To rediscover what made this year what it was, Google released the Australian searches that defined 2018. Feast your eyes on the weird and wonderful lookups that defined the year:


1.      World Cup

2.      Commonwealth Games

3.      Meghan Markle

4.      Avicii

5.      Coinspot

6.      Anthony Bourdain

7.      US Open Tennis

8.      Mac Miller

9.      Bitcoin price

10.   Black Panther

News events

1.      Royal Wedding

2.      Thai cave rescue

3.      Wentworth by-election

4.      My health record

5.      Beaumont children

6.      Hawaii volcano

7.      California fires

8.      Listeria

9.      US midterm elections

10.   Blood moon

Global Figures

1.      Meghan Markle

2.      Demi Lovato

3.      Freddie Mercury

4.      Khloe Kardashian

5.      Logan Paul

6.      Tristan Thompson

7.      Hailey Baldwin

8.      Sylvester Stallone

9.      Khabib

10.   Travis Scott


1.      Barnaby Joyce

2.      Scott Morrison

3.      Peter Dutton

4.      Billy Slater

5.      Craig McLachlan

6.      Vikki Campion

7.      David Warner

8.      Chopper Read

9.      Nick Cummins

10.   Andrew Gaff


1.      Avicii

2.      Anthony Bourdain

3.      Mac Miller

4.      xxxtentacion

5.      Stan Lee

6.      Kate Spade

7.      Aretha Franklin

8.      Burt Reynolds

9.      Jessica Falkholt

10.   Eurydice Dixon

How To…?

1.      How to opt out of my health record

2.      How to watch World Cup in Australia

3.      How to win Powerball

4.      How to delete Instagram

5.      Google Arts and Culture face match how to

6.      How to buy bitcoin

7.      How to lose weight fast

8.      How to screenshot on iPhone X

9.      How to delete Facebook

10.    How to lose belly fat

What Is…?

1.      What is bitcoin

2.      What is listeria

3.      What is ligma

4.      What is hazing

5.      What is a mud room

6.      What is the capital of California

7.      What is open on Good Friday

8.      What is Diwali

9.      What is blockchain

10.   What is ball tampering

Why Is…?

1.      Why is State of Origin on Sunday

2.      Why is it called Good Friday

3.      Why is Russia OAR

4.      Why is Australia Day Jan 26

5.      Why is Tim Cahill not playing tonight

6.      Why is ANZAC Day important

7.      Why is Australia Day celebrated

8.      Why is my internet so slow

9.      Why is Nick Cummins called the honey badger

10.    Why is my poop green

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