Google searches taken in aggregate often reveal interesting insights about what’s currently trending around the globe. It also makes for fun trivia, with this evening’s episode of Jeopardy! featuring a whole category about “Google’s Top Searches, 1999-2018.”
The first round of the long-running game show included a category called “Google’s Top Searches, 1999-2018.” One of the easier clues was “Every year, this best pal has been the most search-for type of animal.”
“What is a dog?” was the obvious $200 answer, with Google highlighting the category (and host Alex Trebek) after the fact on Twitter. Contestants on the April 12th episode selected all the clues in this category.
— Google (@Google) April 12, 2019
Jeopardy! likely didn’t have to work with Google as the search engine publicly publishes this data on Google Trends. The site was last updated in May with a refreshed design, infographics, and focus on curated stories. It is a fun browse and powerful historical tool for research, with the homepage heavy on country maps, charts, and recently trending — Star Wars: Episode 9 today, obviously.
The general knowledge game show has covered Google and its products in the past. One funny example was in 2016 when contestants mistakenly believed that Marshmallow was a version of iOS.