It’s been a big year for over-hyped news stories in the UK. Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, the chief whip calling the police plebs, the usual guff around X Factor and footballers refusing to shake hands, to name but a few.

But which stories have really caught the nation’s imagination? 

Well wonder no more, as Google has come to the rescue with its search zeitgeist for 2012.

The stats below reveal the UK’s top trending search topics, the most popular ‘What is…’ and ‘How to…’ queries and the most searched-for individuals.

So, here’s what you’ve all been searching for this year…

Top trending searches

1. Euro 2012  

2. Olympic tickets      

3. Whitney Houston   

4. Kate Middleton       

5. April Jones 

6. Netflix         

7. NatWest online       

8. iPad 3         

9. Gary Barlow           

10. Gangnam Style

Top searches for ‘How to?’

1. Draw

2. Kiss

3. Make

4. Crochet

5. Knit

6. Meditate

7. Flirt

8. Sing

9. Hack

10. Pronounce

Top searches for ‘What is?’

1. Love

2. iCloud

3. 3G

4. Scientology

5. Instagram

6. Autism

7. Diabetes

8. Yolo

9. Illuminati

10. MS

Most searched British Olympians

1. Andy Murray

2. Tom Daley

3. Jessica Ennis

4. Mo Farah

5. Victoria Pendleton

6. Bradley Wiggins

7. Chris Hoy

8. Rebecca Adlington

9. Laura Trott

10. Louis Smith

Trending politicians

1. Jeremy Hunt

2. Boris Johnson

3. Justine Greening

4. Alex Salmond

5. Michael Gove

6. George Osborne

7. Louise Mensch

8. Nadine Dorries

9. Keith Vaz

10. Ed Vaizey

Trending songs

1. Gangnam Style

2. Call Me Maybe

3. Blow Me One Last Kiss

4. Beneath Your Beautiful

5. The Official Olympic Song (Survival by Muse)

6. Skyfall

7. Somebody That I Used To Know

8. We Are Young

9. Too Close

10. 212

Most searched Local Places in Google Maps

1. Hotel

2. Restaurant             

3. Pubs

4. Camping        

5. Tesco

6. Parking          

7. Train station            

8. Premier Inn           

9. Supermarket  

10. B&B