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June 20, 2006

We're Feeling Sporty: Summer Exertions Rule Weekly Google Zeitgeist

Top 15 Gainers for the Week Ending June 19

Whether you play or just follow summertime sports, this is a busy time, and this week's roundup of popular searches on Google.com show just how obsessive fans can be when championships are underway. Whether looking for information on soccer (World Cup 2006, Kaka), golf (US Open), or even late-season results for basketball (Dwyane Wade), people showed their sporting impulses. For those not so athletically-inclined, the other time-honored seasonal events - summer movies (Tokyo Drift, Nacho Libre) and music-paloozas (warped tour) - also appeared high on the list of search queries. Finally, this week's batch of searches touched on two traditional June dates some of us will always honor (father's day, flag day).

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 June 12-19.

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Google.com Gainers

  1. World Cup 2006 - "footy" mania continues unabated as countries compete head to head in the month-long fest for the global soccer prize
  2. father's day - the annual celebration for dads took place June 18
  3. us open - major golf championship ended June 18 with the 5-over 285 win by Australian Geoff Ogilvy
  4. tamara hoover - a round of news stories appeared last week about a Texas high school art teacher who was dismissed after personal photos of her were discovered on public photo site Flickr
  5. tokyo drift - fast cars, loud crashes are the bread and butter of the newest "The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise to hit theatres weekend of June 16
  6. nacho libre - another summer flick, this one a Jack Black comedy about the popular Mexican wrestling known as 'lucha libre,' opened to lukewarm reviews weekend of June 16
  7. bonnaroo - the little town of Manchester, Tenn., hosted the fifth year of this increasingly popular music festival for 80,000 fans, which boasts performers including Tom Petty, Radiohead, Buddy Guy, and many more
  8. kaka - Brazilian soccer superstar in the news as the head of the Real Madrid team is quoted in June 19 stories saying he will recruit Kaka away from his current team (Milan)
  9. brenda song - young actress has first starring role in the new Disney Channel made-for-TV movie, "Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior," which premiered June 16
  10. H5N1 - new reports surfaced June 18 of bird flu virus outbreak in chickens found in Northern China
  11. heather mills mccartney - U.K. tabloids continue their field day recounting rumors about the questionable past adventures of the former model, land mines activist and soon to be ex-wife of Sir Paul
  12. jennifer tilly - apart from her film career, the actress is making a mark in the world of celebrity poker matches on Bravo cable TV
  13. dwyane wade - in a June 18 matchup, Miami Heat hoops player broke a 48-year-old NBA finals record for free throws made in a game, taking the Heat to victory over Dallas
  14. warped tour - teenage punk fans are flocking to this summer music tour around the country, with dates last week in Milwaukee and Minneapolis
  15. flag day - the annual commemoration of the U.S. flag took place June 14, marking the day in 1777 when the U.S. Continental Congress approved the stars and stripes design