It’s the end of the year, and with the way the news cycle churns up and spits out stories at breakneck speed, it can be hard to remember all of the things that happened in 2014. For a CliffsNotes version of the last year, Google has released a bevy of Dallas’ top searches so you can remember all of the conversations you had, from the World Cup to “how to gleek.”
Even though the virus didn’t make its way to Dallas until the fall, “Ebola” was the top trending search in Dallas for 2014, spurred on by the cases at Presbyterian Hospital. On less serious notes, “World Cup” and “2014 Winter Olympics” took the second and third spots.
Rounding out the top five were the mobile game “Flappy Bird” and the Disney cartoon “Frozen,” which managed to be the top-grossing animated movie of all time and the source of countless parents’ mental breakdowns after hearing “Let It Go” for the 1,000th time.
More interesting than the top trending searches are all of the “how to” queries. Apparently, Dallasites really want to know how to hack, solder, beatbox (naturally,) breakdance and juice more than anything. Coming in at No. 10 is “how to gleek,” which is a useful tactic for any teenager to have in his arsenal of classroom shenanigans, though it’s not as professional for the workplace, where beatboxing is clearly more appropriate.
Other big hitters for 2014 include the Malaysia Airlines flight 370, ALS (from the Ice Bucket Challenges this summer, presumably) and ISIS. Man, 2014 was a rough year, huh? May things be brighter and full of breakdancing in 2015.