Google Shares "Year In Search 2017"

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Google also unveiled the top trending search terms nationally.

Dumi Masilela's wife Simphiwe Ngema singing at her husband's memorial in Johannesburg.

It seems that the country couldn't get the "Why did Katappa kill Bahubali" question out of its collective head because Bahubali 2, the sequel to the blockbuster, was the most searched query of this year.

Matt Lauer, part of a wave of men accused of sexual misconduct this year, was the most-searched-for person on Google in 2017. Hurricane Irma beat out iPhone 8 and fidget spinners as the top trending search globally, while in the United States the Yankees were the most-searched sports team of the year.

October's ex-Hurricane Ophelia was the highest-trending topic of the year, an unsurprising result given its impact at the time on everyone in Ireland. Super Bowl 5. Las Vegas Shooting 6.

Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry also features heavily on the top searches around the world, while Matt Lauer's firing from NBC after allegations of "innappropriate sexual behaviour" led to him topping the most searched people in the US. And the most-searched how-to was how to make slime. The solar eclipse and fidget spinners also made the list.

To claim this spot, the glass-backed iPhone 8 edged out other popular hardware releases like Apple's own flagship X handset, Nintendo's portable console Switch, Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Microsoft's Xbox One X.