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South Africa searched for the strangest things this year on Google

Google has released its 2018’s Year in Search report, a look at the most searched for terms, queries, and trends that took place around the world in the past 365 days.

“As each year closes, Google Trends data reflects not only these everyday queries, but also the moments, people, ideas, and questions that made that trip around the sun so unique, ” said Google on its news blog.

Global search trends saw the world delving into things like politics, celebrity deaths and all things royalty related. 

But South Africans on the other hand had their sights set in a somewhat different direction.

At least, it was not all Royal Wedding dates and politics about politicians.

Near me searches

The quest for fast food was on in 2018. These were the terms that users searched for using Google’s “near me” suffix.

  • Nando’s near me
  • McDonalds near me
  • Steers near me
  • Debonairs near me
  • Spur near me

Most asked Questions

There were a few things we needed to verify too…

  • How to get pregnant? 
  • What is listeriosis? 
  • What time is the royal wedding? 
  • How old is Meghan Markle?
  • How old is Prince Harry?
  • How old is Pharrell Williams? 

Most searched recipes

We did want to spend some time in the kitchen though.

  • Oxtail recipes
  • Cocktail recipes
  • Easy dessert recipes
  • Butternut recipes
  • Sweet potato recipes

Top searches

In the end we had the same types of concerns as everyone else on the globe. Well, kind of.

  • Load shedding
  • Listeriosis 
  • Global Citizen
  • World Cup Fixtures
  • Zuma

Clearly South Africans were curious about food the most this year, and uh, where babies come from.

Feature image: Google

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