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GOOGLE TRENDS: February 21st – 27th, 2015

This is my recap of the top searches for the week of February 21st – 27th, as according to Google Trends:

Oscars 2015

The 87th Academy Awards aired on ABC on Sunday, February 22nd. The big winners of the night were Birdman, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, who took home trophies for Best Picture, Leading Actor and Leading Actress (respectively). Just as impressive was JK Simmons’ win for Best Supporting Actor. For a full list of nominees and winners, visit the official Oscar website.

One of the evening’s many notable on-stage highlights was Lady Gaga’s tribute to “The Sound of Music”, who blew away the audience with her stunning performance of “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things”, and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”. The audience was also blown away by a variety of political statements delivered by John Legend, Patricia Arquette and others, speaking to the realities of correctional control compared to slavery, wage equality and more.

What Color is This Dress?

Mysterious Color Dress

With more than 2.5 million searches and counting, this is probably one of the “more controversial” topics to “break the internet” in recent history. A photo posted to the popular blogging site Tumblr, this dress has been the subject of much biological and existential debate. The world is now asking itself, “Is this dress white and gold, or blue and black?”

The dress in question is actually blue and black, according to British retailer Roman Originals. Science has quickly attributed inconsistent interpretation to our visual processing of light in relation to contextual clues, also debunking many theories that have quickly surfaced.

Honorable Mentions

  • Leonard Nimoy passed away.
  • “How to Get Away With Murder” returned to ABC for its second season.
  • Two llamas were chased around the streets of Sun City, Arizona (i.e. the “Great Llama Chase of 2015”).
  • The FCC voted ‘Yes’ on net neutrality, helping to protect the open internet.
  • Ahmad Givens, star of “Real Chance of Love” on VH1, died of Stage 4 colon cancer.
  • “Dancing with the Stars” revealed its 20th season cast.
  • India beat South Africa by 130 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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