As the end of 2009 creeps up upon us, the search engines are starting to release some interesting data. Google, AOL, and Yahoo all recently revealed Michael Jackson to be the top search term of 2009. Other hot search commodities for the year included “Facebook,” “Twitter,” and — thank you, fellow gentlemen — “Megan Fox.”
Now, thanks to a newly released list by Ask.com, we’re getting even more entertaining insights. Ask has just published its top search questions of 2009, taking into account all the actual queries typed into that little white box.
So what’s the world been wanting to know? Here’s an intriguing (and at times disheartening) glimpse into our collective curiosities.
How do I get pregnant?
I think we can all agree: If you have to search the Internet for the answer, you probably shouldn’t be trying in the first place.
How can I get a six-pack fast?
Step 1: Put down the sticky bun and get your lazy arse off the computer.
What is a 3G network?
I’ll take questions asked by AT&T for $500, Alex.
What is love?
Think they were wanting a literal answer, or just searching for a clip from Night at the Roxbury?
How do I delete my cookies?
And what kind of Web sites have you been visiting lately, pal? Eh? Eh?
How do I make a Web site?
Just head over to Geocit…oh, wait. Never mind.
Who am I?
For the sake of the last guy, let’s hope you’re a Web designer.
Is Adam Lambert straight?
Um, do you really have to ask?
Does my crush love me?
That all depends. Is he Adam Lambert, and are you a girl?
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Sounds like one of those cryptic Google interview questions. Quick, someone call Sergey.
When will the world end?
Right…NOW. No? Oh well. Was worth a shot.
What time is it?
Ninety-seven percent of those searches were made by that guy from the Spin Doctors.
Why is the sky blue?
Close runner-up: “Why is the screen of death black?”
What is Miley Cyrus’ phone number?
Last I checked, it was 1-800-STOP-STALKING.
When should I give my child a cell phone?
Not until he stops trying to track down Miley’s number…the perv.
Where the hell is Jeeves?
Okay, this last one wasn’t actually on the list.
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A 19-year old man has been arrested by British police in Shetland, UK, under suspicion of launching hacking attacks against a number of websites.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) arrested the man as part of an international investigation into the activities of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivist groups.
The man, who was arrested at a residential address in Shetland, is said to have used the online nickname “Topiary” and acted as a spokesperson for the groups via forums such as Twitter.
The suspected hacker is currently being transported to a central London police station, and a search is taking place at his home.
“Topiary” has been identified in the past as having a leading role in hactivist attacks launched by the LulzSec and Anonymous groups.
In a related police operation, officers are searching a residential address in Lincolnshire where a 17-year-old male is being interviewed under caution in connection with the inquiry. He has not been arrested.
The truth is that LulzSec and other hacktivist groups have recently been playing an extremely dangerous game – taunting the likes of the FBI and British police with a series of hacks and attacks and believing themselves to be invincible.
If the arrested man is indeed a key member of the LulzSec gang, it could be the British police who have the last laugh.
Interestingly, Topiary deleted all the messages he had previously posted on Twitter recently, replacing them with a simple message:
"You cannot arrest an idea"
Is it possible he saw the writing on the wall?
Just last week, the UK’s PCeU arrested a 16-year-old youth – believed to be the LulzSec/Anonymous hacker known as “T-Flow” – in South London, on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act. Other arrests took place at the same time in the United States and the Netherlands.