Google trends of 2014: World Cup tops UK search list

16/12/14

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The World Cup in Brazil, Ebola and the iPhone 6 were the biggest Google trends in the UK in 2014.

The search engine has also revealed we asked "Who is Banksy?" and "What is ALS?" more than anything else.

The deaths of Peaches Geldof, Robin Williams and Rik Mayall also featured in the top 10 trending search list.

Flappy Bird, the Grand National and Jennifer Lawrence appeared in the top searches as well.

Ebola was the top news story of the year, followed by ALS - inspired by the ice bucket challenge which aimed to promote awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - and Malaysia Airlines, which lost two passenger planes in separate incidents during 2014.

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Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini

Luis Suarez's bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup was fourth, with the Scottish Independence vote fifth.

Cliff Richard, the celebrity photo hack and Oscar Pistorius were also in the top 10.

Banksy

Google is often used to answer questions, with the most common this year being "Who is Banksy?"

That was followed by "Who is Frenchy?" - the Celebrity Big Brother star - with rapper Dappy, Palestinian group Hamas and Isis also appearing on the list.

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Googlers in 2014 were also asking for tips on learning new skills, with the most popular being "How to draw", followed by "How to kiss" and "How to crochet".

Kissing was the most popular "How To" search in Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Brighton, Nottingham, London and Edinburgh.

Finding out how to meditate, knit, twerk and squat were also among the most popular things Google users wanted to know.

Peaches Geldof

While there were a host of celebrity deaths in 2014, the loss of Peaches Geldof was the most searched for, followed by Robin Williams and Rik Mayall.

Beyonce

Beyonce topped the most searched female celebrity list, beating the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Katy Perry to the number one spot.

Pop star Ariana Grande topped the rising female celebrity list, with British vlogger Zoella also making it into the top five.

Ed Sheeran tops the male celebrity list with fellow singer Pharrell sitting at the top of the rising list, with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch second.

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In sport, there was something of a surprise as Hull City were the fourth most searched for Premier League team, ahead of both Chelsea and Manchester City.

Liverpool topped that particular table ahead of Manchester United, with Arsenal in third.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher was the top sportsperson search of the year as Google users looked up how the seven-time Formula 1 world champion continued his recovery from a skiing accident.

The German came ahead of Oscar Pistorius and Andy Murray.

Former footballer and I'm a Celebrity star Jimmy Bullard also made it into the top 10.

Top trending

1. World Cup 2014

2. iPhone 6

3. Peaches Geldof

4. Robin Williams

5. Rik Mayall

6. Flappy Bird

7. Ebola

8. Philip Seymour Hoffman

9. Grand National 2014

10. Jennifer Lawrence

top news

1. Ebola

2. ALS

3. Malaysia Airlines

4. Luis Suarez bite

5. Scottish Independence

6. Cliff Richard

7. Celebrity photo hack

8. Oscar Pistorius

9. Michael Schumacher

10. Frank Maloney

top tredning who is

1. Who is Banksy?

2. Who is Frenchy?

3. Who is Dappy?

4. Who is Hamas?

5. Who is Sia?

6. Who is Ultron?

7. Who is Isis?

8. Who is R5?

9. Who is Twiggy?

10. Who is Lohanthony?

top tredning what is

1. What is Ebola?

2. What is ALS?

3. What is love?

4. What is fracking?

5. What is autism?

6. What is gluten?

7. What is lupus?

8. What is anxiety?

9. What is gout?

10. What is twerking?

Most Searched Female Celebrity

1. Beyonce

2. Jennifer Lawrence

3. Katy Perry

4. Ariana Grande

5. Taylor Swift

6. Katie Price

7. Nicki Minaj

8. Selena Gomez

9. Mary Berry

10. Emma Watson

male celeb

1. Ed Sheeran

2. Jay Z

3. Harry Styles

4. Benedict Cumberbatch

5. David Beckham

6. Pharrell Williams

7. Zac Efron

8. Robbie Williams

9. Justin Timberlake

10. George Clooney

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