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February 5, 2007

Passages, Pranks, Performers Dominate The Weekly Google Zeitgeist

Google Announces Top 10 Gainers for the Week Ending February 3rd

Two deaths, one annual tradition, numerous celebrities and a marketing promotion gone awry captured the attention of people searching on Google.com this week. People followed the story of the valiant [Barbaro], the Kentucky Derby-winning equine athlete, who could not overcome his leg injuries and was euthanized. Angelina Jolie's mother, [Marcheline Bertrand], died at 56 after a long bout with cancer. Beyond these sad events, we were collectively curious about the outcome of [groundhog day] (Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring).

Other celebrities were the object of much searching because of their edgy performances. Long-time Harry Potter star [Daniel Radcliffe] caused waves with his appearance in the play [Equus], largely because of clothing-minimal photos touting the production. Always unafraid of controversy, [Sarah Silverman] debuted a new Comedy Central sitcom. Unflattering pictures of Tyra Banks in a swimsuit led to searches for [tyra fat], and a newly recovering Miss USA, [Tara Conner], hit the talk show circuit. And a fresh political scandal emerged, as [Ruby Rippey-Tourk]'s affair with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was revealed, sending Google searchers to hunt for this previously unknown hyphenated name. Finally, perhaps proving once again that any PR is good PR, [Aqua Teen Hunger Force] was the search term of choice for people following the Boston-based controversy about a Turner Broadcasting promotion for a new Cartoon Network show that became a major security scare for Beantown law enforcers.

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 January 28-February 3, 2007.

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

Google.com Gainers
  1. groundhog day
  2. daniel radcliffe
  3. barbaro
  4. Ruby Rippey-Tourk
  5. tyra fat
  6. sarah silverman
  7. equus
  8. Marcheline Bertrand
  9. tara conner
  10. aqua teen hunger force