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June 6, 2006


Sports Of All Kinds Dominate Weekly Google Zeitgeist

Google Announces 15 Top Gainers for the Week Ending June 5th

Springtime sports activities beckoned U.S. Google users to search for information on tennis (French Open, Maria Sharapova), golf (Michelle Wie), baseball (NCAA baseball). Even that winter stalwart, basketball, saw some action (Miami Heat) -- and let's not forget the so-old-it's-new sports craze (spelling bee). And as always, when it comes to searching for the the latest thing, news-making celebrities and performers get our attention too (Katie Couric, Jaleel White, Anna Nicole Smith, Criss Angel, Sarah Silverman).

For breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search on Google. Below is a summary of the Google Zeitgeist results for the top 15 gainers on Google.com when comparing search queries that have risen by a significant percentage for the week of May 29-June 5.

For more information, visit the Google Zeitgeist at http://www.google.com/zeitgeist.

Google.com Gainers

  1. the omen - Fox's new remake of its 1976 cult film opened with a major promotional campaign built around the devilish date 6/6/06
  2. french open - classic tennis tourney began May 29, and runs through many qualifying matches in various categories through June 11
  3. father's day - the Sunday celebrating dads (and other father figures) comes up June 18
  4. katie couric - the cheery 15-year Today Show co-host said her goodbyes to NBC on June 1 as she prepares to move to the CBS evening news anchor slot this fall
  5. jaleel white - online rumors circulated (and are now debunked) that nerdy-but-lovable Steve Urkel from the TV show "Family Matters" died, but in fact he is alive and well
  6. anna nicole smith - famous blonde widow confirmed rumors on June 3 that she is expecting a child
  7. michelle wie - young golfer failed to become the first woman to qualify for the US Open after losing a New Jersey match on June 5
  8. sarah silverman - edgy comedian's concert performance, "Jesus Is Magic," was released on DVD May 30
  9. criss angel - illusionist and magician launched the second season of his show "Mindfreak" on A&E cable May 30; announced his first music CD will be released in July
  10. pirate bay - following a police raid last week, popular Swedish BitTorrent site (which directs users to pirated music) was back online from the Netherlands June 3
  11. AFI - alt-rockers A Fire Inside released their much-anticipated seventh album June 6
  12. ncaa baseball - the end-game is the College World Series, and the regional rounds were announced June 5 for 8 "super regional" hosts; games begin this weekend (June 10-11)
  13. miami heat - basketballers made the NBA finals for the first time by defeating the Detroit Pistons on June 2
  14. maria sharapova - Russian tennis pro lost to Dinara Safina in the French Open on June 4
  15. spelling bee - on June 1, for the first time ever, ABC-TV broadcast the final competition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee during prime time; the winner was 8th grader Kerry Close from Spring Lake, N.J.