If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the things we search Google for day in and day out might be the windows to our brains—or at least what most captured our minds, as a global society, during the past year.
Google on Wednesday released its lists of the biggest trending topics of 2015, namely the ones that got the biggest spike this year versus 2014. The lists are presented interactively, letting you refine the search by country, drill down by topic, and even flash back to earlier years to see how our online obsessions have changed over time.
Globally, the top 10 biggest trending topics include a mix of entertainment and breaking news, sometimes both, as in the case of the No. 1 search, “Lamar Odom.” The retired NBA star and estranged husband of Khloe Kardashian fell into a coma in October of this year, which means searches for him must have spiked a lot to take the crown for all of 2015. The top 10 is rounded out by Charlie Hebdo, Agar.io (a hit browser game that was ported to iOS and Android), Jurassic World, Paris, Furious 7, Fallout 4, Ronda Rousey, Caitlyn Jenner, and American Sniper.