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Yahoo!’s Top 10 Searches often tell us more about our guilty pleasures, distractions, and obsessions than news headlines do, like this year’s continued pursuit of online gaming, reality TV, sports, and starlets. The unexpected death of a troubled legend also drew record Web traffic and tributes.
It’s also worth noting who fell off the Top 10 list: In 2008, Barack Obama became the first politician to crack the Top 10. Despite sliding off, he still commanded plenty of online attention in ’09—enough to warrant his own list. Here now, the people and events that dominated searches in 2009.
—Vera H-C Chan, Mike Krumboltz
& Claudine Zap, Buzz editors;
Lisa Hix, contributing writer
News that Michael Jackson had been rushed to UCLA Medical Center had just broken when doctors called the King of Pop’s death at 2:26 p.m. Within hours, searches on Yahoo! transitioned from “breaking news Michael Jackson” and “is Michael Jackson dead” to “r.i.p. Michael Jackson.” The telling query “Elvis died” showed that the icon’s shocking, premature death evoked another’s.
World Wrestling Entertainment fights may be staged, but there’s nothing fake about its No. 3 search position. WWE fighters love the drama, and fans love to search for the faceoffs, players, and divas, plus all those auxiliary games. The older generation also mourned the passing of Captain Lou Albano, dubbed the “godfather of wrestling.”
Like her or not, Megan Fox was one of the biggest stories of 2009. Best known for looking sultry on the red carpet and acting offended when compared to Angelina Jolie, Ms. Fox also made (more) headlines by bashing “Transformers,” the film franchise that made her famous.
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