For better or worse, 2016 was a memorable year, the remnants of which you can reflect on with Google's annual list of the year's most popular searches across the globe, released today.
"From Powerball numbers to Olympic champions, whether making dessert or becoming a mannequin, this year affected us all in different ways," Google VP of Search Ben Gomes wrote in a blog post. "Through all the highs and lows, people came to Search to learn more and understand."
Folks in the U.S. researched subjects like celebrity deaths (Prince, David Bowie), natural disasters (Hurricane Matthew), events (Rio Olympics), video games ( Pokemon Go, Sliter.io), and the election (Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton).
But some trending topics, like Powerball, were "especially unique this year," Google said.
"It may seem like a distant memory now, but back in January a record-breaking jackpot made Powerball a hot topic," Gomes said. "Search interest in Powerball spiked more than 166 percent, and it's the top trending search for all of 2016."
It even surpassed gaming phenomenon Pokemon Go, which landed at No. 4 of the top five US searches after taking the world by storm this year. (As evidenced by the No. 1 "What is…" question, "What is Pokemon Go?")
"Clearly searchers were eager to learn how to catch 'em all," Gomes joked.
Consumer tech inquiries, meanwhile, were ruled by Apple. The iPhone SE —which arrived in March— iOS 10, and iPhone 7 Plus joined the Google Pixel smartphone and Nintendo Switch gaming console in the top five. The iPhone 7, NES Classic Edition, Samsung Galaxy S7, PlayStation VR, and PS4 Pro came in at numbers six through 10, respectively.
One notable absence from the list: Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, which made headlines since September's recall.
"From remembering past icons like David Bowie and Prince, to searching for current ones like Beyonce and Alexander Hamilton (aka Lin-Manuel Miranda), to looking for information on Brexit, Zika, Orlando, and Brussels, Search brought us together in dozens of ways this year," Gomes said. "Here's to finding what we're searching for in 2017."
Facebook recently published its own list of this year's most-talked-about global topics on the social network: The US election, Brazilian politics, Pokemon Go, Black Lives Matter, and Rodrigo Duterte/the Philippine presidential election. Perhaps more interestingly, it also shared a list of the top 10 global Live videos of 2016, topped by none other than Candace "Chewbacca Mom" Payne.
This article first appeared on PCMag.com.