Top Google Searches in Canada 2013 - Sourtoe Cocktails and Rob Ford (Perhaps they go together?)

Interested in what people are searching up on Google Canada? Well it seems with 40 billion queries submitted throughout 2013, Google Canada has declared Toronto's notorious Mayor Rob Ford as search term of the year. I am always truly fascinated by what captures Canada. The stories that stood out the most to me personally was:
  1. The Boston Marathon - as a runner it was a shocking day for me to witness through the eyes of the media and awaiting the capture of the final killer.
  2. Next for me was Nelson Mandela passing, as I learned so much more about his life and I can't wait to see the new movie of his life story. 
  3. Alice Munro was another favourite for me. A lifelong admirer of hers .... I was thrilled when she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here is a story I wrote on my reflections of Alice Munro.
What I don't care about:
  1. Twerking
  2. Anyone named "Thicke" 
  3. Harlem Shake (Still haven't seen it)
 What I would like to look up after this article:
  1. Sourtoe cocktails
While Facebook was the absolute top search of the year — as it has been for several years running — Ford topped Google's so-called trending list, representing the search terms that stood out most compared to previous web history.

Ford was followed by the late Canadian Glee actor Cory Monteith, who died of an overdose in July; Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash last month; murder victim Tim Bosma; and the Boston Marathon.
Nelson Mandela, royal baby, North Korea, the Harlem Shake dance craze, and Lac-Mégantic rounded out the Top 10 list.

"Clearly we were engaged in Toronto's municipal politics," said Google Canada spokesman Aaron Brindle of Ford's search count.

"When we look at searches for Rob Ford we saw search activity spike back in the early spring and then again in November and this was national and in some ways international in scope."

While Ford didn't make Google's Top 10 trending list in the U.S., he was an honorary mention.
Google compiled a list of the trending male politicians based on American web searches and Ford was sixth on the list, behind Nelson Mandela, Ted Cruz, Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez and Rand Paul, but ahead of Kim Jong-un, John Kerry, John F. Kennedy and Joe Biden.

Chris Hadfield, Alan Thicke among top searches

Other trending searches in 2013 for Canadian people included Chris Hadfield, Rehtaeh Parsons, Rita MacNeil, Jarome Iginla, Stompin' Tom Connors, Alice Munro and Alan Thicke. While Thicke generated the fewest headlines of the other Canadians on the list, his son Robin had a massive hit with Blurred Lines and he frequently found himself being asked about the tune's risque video.
Robin Thicke was the top trending musician, ahead of Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Lorde, Lou Reed, Macklemore, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Daft Punk and Eminem.

1. Rob Ford
2. Cory Monteith
3. Paul Walker
4. Tim Bosma
5. Boston Marathon
6. Nelson Mandela
7. Royal Baby
8. North Korea
9. Harlem Shake
10. Lac Megantic

1. Rob Ford
2. Cory Monteith
3. Tim Bosma
4. Chris Hadfield
5. Rehtaeh Parsons
6. Rita MacNeil
7. Jarome Iginla
8. Stompin’ Tom Connors
9. Alice Munro
10. Alan Thicke

1. Cory Monteith
2. Paul Walker
3. Amanda Bynes
4. James Gandolfini
5. Jennifer Lawrence
6. Robin Thicke
7. Miley Cyrus
8. Lea Michele
9. Justin Timberlake
10. Lorde

1. Twerking
2. Fracking
3. Ricin
4. Bbm
5. Molly
6. Bitcoin
7. Monsanto
8. Snapchat
9. EPO
10. DOMA

1. Justin Trudeau
2. Stephen Harper
3. Mike Duffy
4. Pamela Wallin
5. Marc Garneau
6. John Baird
7. Peter MacKay
8. Jason Kenney
9. Jim Flaherty
10. Thomas Mulcair

1. Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Montreal Canadiens
3. Ottawa Senators
4. Edmonton Oilers
5. Calgary Flames
6. Vancouver Canucks
7. Winnipeg Jets
8. Saskatchewan Roughriders
9. Toronto Raptors
10. Hamilton Tiger Cats

1. Tiger Woods
2. Oscar Pistorius
3. Aaron Hernandez
4. Lindsey Vonn
5. Jarome Iginla
6. Rudy Gay
7. Sidney Crosby
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Phil Kessel
10. Jason Collins

1. Robin Thicke
2. Miley Cyrus
3. Justin Timberlake
4. Lorde
5. Lou Reed
6. Macklemore
7. Bruno Mars
8. Beyoncé
9. Daft Punk
10. Eminem

1. Gravity
2. Hunger Games 2
3. Man of Steel
4. Iron Man 3
5. Pacific Rim
6. World War Z
7. Spring Breakers
8. Les Misérables
9. Despicable Me 2
10. Django Unchained

1. Breaking Bad
2. Big Brother Canada
3. Homeland
4. Amazing Race Canada
5. Duck Dynasty
6. House of Cards
7. Hannibal
8. Arrested Development
9. Blacklist
10. The Social

1. Spaghetti Squash
2. Lasagna
3. Hollandaise Sauce
4. Borscht Soup
5. Hamburger
6. Chicken Cacciatore
7. Rice Krispies Squares
8. Tzatziki
9. Cronut
10. Kale Salad



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