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December 28, 2006

Beauty Queen Infamy, Winter and Weather Search Queries Mark This Week's Google Zeitgeist

Google Announces Top 10 Gainers for the Week Ending December 23

Beauty pageant winner-watchers had a field day or two this week, when news stories recounted the current bad behavior and past indiscretions of not one, not two, but three lovelies who may have lost some standing. There was [Katie Rees], who lost her Miss USA Nevada crown due to the online appearance of some nude photos; [Tara Conner], the Miss USA now in rehab, whose plight triggered a tabloid-friendly row between Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell; and Miss Teen USA [Katie Blair], whose behavior caused MADD to drop her as a spokesperson.

Beyond those contretemps, this week people searching on Google.com sought seasonal information: the snowed-in [Denver International Airport], where pre-Christmas travelers were stranded; reviews and showtimes for [Bad Santa], a holiday comedy; and [winter solstice], the shortest day of the year. A grimmer winter query was [Mt Hood], the Oregon peak where it is now presumed that three climbers lost their lives (only one has been found so far) in a severe storm. Sports fans flocked to the fictional [Rocky], part 6 of the classic franchise about an underdog boxer, and the real-life [Carmelo Anthony], the Denver Nuggets basketballer caught up in a brawl with the New York Knicks, who got a 15-game suspension for his trouble. And finally, the eagerly-awaited Michael Bay robot flick [Transformers] released a trailer online, well ahead of its July 2007 release.

For breaking news and obscure information alike, people around the world search on Google. What follows is a summary of Google Zeitgeist results for the top gainers on Google.com, when comparing search queries that have risen by a significant percentage for the week of December 17-23, 2006.

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

Google.com Gainers
  1. katie rees
  2. tara conner
  3. katie blair
  4. denver international airport
  5. bad santa
  6. winter solstice
  7. rocky
  8. mt hood
  9. carmelo anthony
  10. transformers