What We Googled in 2020: 'Why Were Chainsaws Invented?'

Stimulus checks, murder hornet among top trending searches in US
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2020 12:23 PM CST
Take a Look Back at 2020 Through Google's Eyes
Sneakers and a Los Angeles Lakers uniform with the numbers worn by NBA star Kobe Bryant are left at a memorial for Bryant while fans gather to pay their respects near Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 2, 2020.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Remember the Australia wildfires? What about Hurricane Laura? The blast in Beirut? No? That might be because it was a jam-packed year, as Google's Year in Search report shows. Per the Verge, Google combed through US search results to find terms that experienced spikes in traffic over a prolonged period compared to 2019, then sorted the top trending searches into categories, among them, overall searches, news, how to make, movies, lyrics, and loss. A sampling of the results:


  1. Election results
  2. Coronavirus
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Coronavirus update
  5. Coronavirus symptoms
  6. Zoom
  7. Who is winning the election
  8. Naya Rivera
  9. Chadwick Boseman
  10. PlayStation 5


  1. Election results
  2. Coronavirus
  3. Stimulus checks
  4. Unemployment
  5. Iran
  6. Hurricane Laura
  7. Super Tuesday
  8. Stock market
  9. Murder hornet
  10. Australia fires
  1. Why were chainsaws invented
  2. Why is there a coin shortage
  3. Why was George Floyd arrested
  4. Why is Nevada taking so long
  5. Why is TikTok getting banned
  6. Why did Kobe have 2 numbers
  7. Why is everyone buying toilet paper
  8. Why is it called COVID-19
  9. Why is it called Juneteeth
  10. Why is Australia on fire


  1. Joe Biden
  2. Kim Jong Un
  3. Kamala Harris
  4. Jacob Blake
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Tom Hanks
  7. Shakira
  8. Tom Brady
  9. Kanye West
  10. Vanessa Bryant
Where is...:
  1. Where is my stimulus money
  2. Where is my refunds
  3. Where is Kansas City
  4. Where is Beirut
  5. Where is Shakira from
  6. Where is toilet paper made
  7. Where is the coronavirus
  8. Where is Lebanon
  9. Where is Minneapolis
  10. Where is Joe Biden from

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  1. WAP
  2. Entanglement
  3. Antebellum
  4. Pandemic
  5. Asymptomatic
  6. Juneteenth
  7. BIPOC
  8. Quarantine
  9. Simp
  10. Furlough
  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Naya Rivera
  3. Chadwick Boseman
  4. George Floyd
  5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  6. Eddie Van Halen
  7. King Von
  8. Kelly Preston
  9. Pop Smoke
  10. Ahmaud Arbery
Read Google's full Year in Search report here. (More Google stories.)

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