While we all sit around and twiddle our thumbs in the run-up to what’s historically the worst news week of the year, Google has cut through the mountains of stats with its search zeitgeist for 2011.
The top ten lists below reveal the UK’s fastest rising search topics, the top auto-fill answers for ‘What is…’ searches, the most searched-for individuals and the UK biggest losers (in many ways).
Plus, we've added in the top search terms specifically, top ten searches on news.google.co.uk and the top food & drink brands. And no, we don’t know who Darren Criss is either.
The UK's fastest rising search topics for 2011
The UK's top 'What Is…?' searches of 2011
1.What is AV?
2.What is scampi?
3.What are truffles?
4.What are piles?
5.What is 4D?
6.What are cookies?
7.What is copyright?
8.What is zumba?
9.What is iCloud?
10.What is probate?
The UK's fastest rising people searches for 2011
The UK's fastest falling people searches for 2011
Top UK searches in 2011
UK News Top 10 (top searches on news.google.co.uk) for 2011
1. BBC News
5. Cheryl Cole
6. iPhone 5
8. Kate Middleton
9. Manchester United
10. Justin Bieber
Top food & drink searches in the UK for 2011