George Alexander Louis sure was popular this year. You may know him better as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. The son of Britain's Prince William and Kate was born on July 22 and speculation about the baby's name ran wild – for a whole two days.
Yes, the most asked question of 2013, according to Ask.com, was "What is the Royal Baby’s Name?" Ask.com has also revealed the top news, celebrity, and political search terms and questions of 2013. Here's a look back at the year that was on Ask.com.
Top News Search Terms and Questions
Last year the 2012 Olympics and Hurricane Sandy topped Ask's list. This year, aside from the Royal Baby's name, people were asking about stories including the Boston Marathon bombing, George Zimmerman's trial, and Detroit's bankruptcy. Here's the full list:
- Royal Baby. What is the Royal Baby’s name?
- Boston Marathon. Where was the Boston Marathon bomber found?
- Syria. Will the U.S. invade Syria?
- Philippines Typhoon. How can I help victims of the Philippines typhoon?
- George Zimmerman. Why was George Zimmerman acquitted?
- Navy Yard Shooting. Who was the Navy Yard shooter?
- Oscar Pistorius. Did Oscar Pistorius kill his girlfriend?
- Ariel Castro. Who did Ariel Castro kidnap?
- Detroit Bankruptcy. How far in debt is Detroit?
- Benedict XVI. Why did Pope Benedict step down?
Top Celebrity and Entertainment Search Terms and Questions
Prince George wasn't the only baby attracting attention. Yes, why in the world Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their baby North West, topped the celebrity category.
Last year, the world demanded to know whether Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart would get back together (funny enough, a year later and we still don't know for sure). In 2013, people were more curious about Miley's twerking, Paula Deen's n-word scandal, and various celebrity deaths and arrests. Here's the full list:
- North West. Why is Kim and Kanye’s baby named North West?
- Miley Cyrus. What did Miley Cyrus do at the VMAs?
- Cory Monteith. How did Cory Monteith die?
- Paula Deen. What did Paula Deen say?
- Amanda Bynes. Why was Amanda Bynes arrested?
- Lamar Odom. Is Lamar Odom on drugs?
- Breaking Bad. When is the Breaking Bad series finale?
- Reese Witherspoon. Where can I see Reese Witherspoon’s arrest?
- Fifty Shades of Grey. Who will play Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey?
- James Gandolfini. Did James Gandolfini die?
Top Political Searches and Questions
This was quite the year in politics. Last year was dominated by the Presidential race. This year, Obamacare was still on searcher's minds, as was the government shutdown, Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal, and Toronto's crack-smoking mayor (allegedly). Here are the top 10 stories searchers were asking about on Ask.com:
- Government Shutdown. Why did the government shutdown?
- Edward Snowden. Where is Edward Snowden?
- Proposition 8. Was Prop 8 thrown out?
- Anthony Weiner. Who did Anthony Weiner sext?
- Obamacare. When will Obamacare take effect?
- NSA. Is the NSA spying on Americans?
- Bradley Manning. What is Bradley Manning’s sentence?
- Mohamed Morsi. Why was Morsi overthrown?
- Benghazi. Who is on trial for Benghazi attacks?
- Toronto Mayor. Did the Toronto Mayor smoke crack?
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