Weird, Funny and WTF Google Searches of 2016

Happy New Year everyone. Ever wonder what people are searching for on Google? As part of our 2016 wrap up, we brainstormed hundreds of strange, weird and WTF-type keywords and used Google’s Keyword Planner to find out, on average, how many times these terms were searched every month. For the purpose of this blog post, we narrowed the list down to the most striking.

The results? A whole lot of people really want to find out how to kiss.

How to kiss – 673,000 searches per month

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Help me – 135000 searches per month

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Download free movies – 110000 searches per month

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What is ISIS – 110000 searches per month

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How to ask a girl out – 49500 searches per month

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KFC recipe – 27100 searches per month

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Why do men have nipples – 27100 searches per month

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How to get rid of bad breath – 18100 searches per month

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How to become a billionaire – 8100 searches per month

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Game of thrones ending – 6600 searches per month

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How to rob a bank – 5400 searches per month

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Who is Obama – 5400 searches per month

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How to have an affair – 3600 searches per month

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Why do people die – 3600 searches per month

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Are Pokemon real – 2400 searches per month

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How to help refugees – 1600 searches per month

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How to become a man – 1300 searches per month

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How to start a cult – 1000 searches per month

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How to become a woman – 880 searches per month

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Am I a robot? – 260 searches per month

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(After West World, you’d think more people would be searching for this.)

How to end hunger – 140 searches per month

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Why did trump win – 50 searches per month

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(For more popular searches of 2016, check out Google’s Year in Search.)

It’s always interesting to discover not only what people are searching for on Google, but how often people are searching for things on Google. On a deeper level, you can then also begin asking why people search for some terms more than others (more people want to find out how to rob a bank than help refugees, for example).

You can also use search data to decide business decisions: are more people searching for aircon repairs in your area than electricians? Contact us to speak about how search data can help your business.

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David is Studio Culture’s Head of Digital Marketing.