In a time in history that marks a large degree of unrest throughout the world, particularly within Gaza as Israel Defense Forces and Hamas military have long battled over whose land this region located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea belongs to, something that truly boggles my mind is the fact that extremely well endowed Kim Kardashian was the most looked for person on Yahoo this year.
Really? Not Obama or even Romney? Alas, I do still have some hope in humanity, as the U.S. presidential election was also touted as being the most searched item on the site for the same time period. While the term "election" pulled out a win in being the most popular entered word on Yahoo, the term "political polls" took the prize for being number eight within the top 10 Yahoo searches of the year.
According to Vera Chan, Yahoo's Web trend analyst, "The 2012 elections dominated online searches which is amazing because if something is in the news, it's already accessible ... people were really saturated by it, but even so, that was a key word that people typed throughout the year."
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The Kardashian thought leader (I kid, of course) ranks amongst two other stories that have been noted as the top searched stories throughout the years by the search engine, with the untimely demise of Michael Jackson which occurred in 2009 and the BP oil spill of 2010. Both of these I completely understand: the death of a Pop icon that forever revolutionized music and the oil catastrophe which yielded billions of gallons of oil being split into the Gulf, but a Kardashian?
Chan stated she believes the reality star coming in at number three on the list overall and being one of the six famous women in the top 10 was mainly because her “notoriety has kept her at the top." This includes but is not limited to her divorce from Kris Humphries which is proving to be longer than the actual marriage was and her current relationship with Kanye West, a very popular rapper.
Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton, Kate Middleton, Whitney Houston, Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Lopez were also included within the top 10 most searched for females of the 12-month period.
Additionally, the iPhone 5 came in at number two spot; something that Chan thought was interesting due to the world now being "in a post-Steve Jobs era."
So, what are your predictions for next year’s most searched female? Don’t forget, we still luckily have a whole squad of brilliant Kardashians left to chose from—Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall and of course the ring leader, Kris.
Edited by Allison Boccamazzo