Top U.S. & Global Google Searches of 2014

Google has released its annual Year in Search for the most Googled topics on the online search engine giant, and includes two separate lists with data for the U.S. and the world. Trends generally coincide with each other, with similar interests in both positive and negative phenomena. Topping both lists, actor/comedian Robin Williams’ unexpected death led the global population’s captivation, followed by the FIFA World Cup Brazil, the Ebola epidemic, and the mysterious missing Malaysia Airlines case. Watch a short compilation of the most searched global trends for 2014 above, and check the respective lists down below.

Global Trending Searches:

1. Robin Williams
2. World Cup
3. Ebola
4. Malaysia Airlines
5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
6. Flappy Bird
7. Conchita Wurst
8. ISIS
9. Frozen
10. Sochi Olympics

U.S. Trending Searches:

1. Robin Williams
2. World Cup
3. Ebola
4. Malaysia Airlines
5. Flappy Bird
6. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
7. ISIS
8. Ferguson
9. Frozen
10. Ukraine

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LEGO to Potentially Create Daft Punk Pieces

One of pop culture and music’s most recognizable icons, Daft Punk are the subject of a latest fan-driven effort to have them transformed into full production LEGO. The petition suggests that the electro music duo be created not only in their likeness but also inclusive of a set featuring instruments (turntables, sequencers, mixers, controllers, etc.) as well as a stage with lighting and speakers. While the petition began earlier this year, it appears to have gained a decent amount of momentum with the full details and the ability to digitally sign petition available over at LEGO.

Facebook Unveils 2014’s Most Popular Topics

Social media leviathan Facebook has published its 2014 Year In Review, revealing the most popular trending topics on the all-encompassing social network. The popular news stories, songs, athletes, entertainers, movies, TV series and the Ice Bucket Challenges are all included, giving insight into what was on everyones lips (/keyboards) over the course of the year. Check out the full list below.

Top Global Topics 2014

1. World Cup 2014
2. Ebola virus outbreak
3. Brazilian Elections
4. Robin Williams‘ Death
5. Ice Bucket Challenge
6. Israeli invasion of Gaza
7. Malaysia Airlines MH370
8. The Super Bowl
9. Michael Brown’s Death / Ferguson Riots
10. Sochi Winter Olympics

Most Checked-In Places in the U.S.

1. Disney Parks (Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Epcot, Disney’s California Adventure etc.)
2. Universal Studios Hollywood
3. Times Square
4. Yosemite National Park
5. Grand Canyon National Park
6. Yellowstone National Park
7. Yankee Stadium
8. Las Vegas Strip
9. Hollywood Walk of Fame
10. Madison Square Garden

Most Talked-About Athletes in the U.S.

1. LeBron James
2. Derek Jeter
3. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
4. Lionel Messi
5. Peyton Manning
6. Carmelo Anthony
7. Tim Howard
8. Luis Suarez
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Most Talked-About Entertainers in the U.S.

1. Beyoncé
2. Pharrell Williams
3. Nicki Minaj
4. Taylor Swift
5. Jimmy Fallon
6. Iggy Azalea
7. Katy Perry
8. Pitbull
9. John Legend
10. Kim Kardashian

Most Talked-About TV shows in the U.S.

1. Game of Thrones
2. Orange is the New Black
3. The Walking Dead
4. The Big Bang Theory
5. Downton Abbey
6. American Horror Story
7. Sons of Anarchy
8. True Detective
9. How I Met Your Mother
10. Scandal

Most Talked-About Movies in the U.S.

1. Frozen
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
4. Maleficent
5. The Lego Movie
6. The Fault in Our Stars
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction
8. Gone Girl
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
10. The Purge: Anarchy

Most Talked-About Songs in the U.S.

1. “Happy” – Pharrell
2. “All of Me” – John Legend
3. “Stay with Me” – Sam Smith
4. “Turn Down for What” – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
5. “Let It Go” (from Frozen) – Idina Menzel
6. “Drunk in Love” – Beyoncé, featuring Jay-Z
7. “Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj
8. “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
9. “Rude” – Magic!
10. “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

Most Viewed Ice Bucket Challenge Videos in the U.S.

1. George W. Bush
2. Will Smith
3. Shakira
4. Mark Wahlberg
5. David Beckham
6. Lady Gaga
7. Steve-O
8. Bill Gates
9. Verne J. Troyer
10. Prince Royce

Bacon-scented pillowcases are here!

Created by J&D Foods, the pork-inspired pillowcase uses “advances in printing technology we stole from NASA to allow the scent of bacon to permeate your dreams and expand your mind,” according to the company website.

Benefits include “happier dreams of breakfast past, effortless, overnight weight lost, and dramatic increases in your intelligence.”

The Washington-based company was founded by two friends, Justin and Dave, after they won $5,000 on ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” The pair spent the earnings creating their first product: bacon salt.

“In just five days we sold all 6,000 jars of bacon salt,” the company says. “We soon realized that the worldwide demand for a bacon-flavored seasoning was more immense than we could have ever imagined.”

The bacon-scented pillowcase sells for $12.99, and the company also sells bacon deodorant, bacon popcorn, and a bacon coffin.

The Perfect Explanation to Why We Hate Crossfitters

Doing Crossfit is a giveaway that you are a huge douche-bag.

You guys want to know how to be able to tell if someone does Crossfit? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

In fact, they will make sure to tell you within seconds of meeting you, and then they’ll proceed to talk about Crossfit and nothing else. This just happened to me on my lunch break: I was going to ask for no onions on my sandwich but cool, you flip tires in your spare time; now I know. Thanks, and I’ll take my sandwich to go.

I don’t know when exactly it happened but Crossfit is a big thing now. Crossfit studios are popping up everywhere. Anywhere that fitness is remotely a thing, there’s a least three different Crossfit studios around. If you live in a big city or on a college campus, forget about it. Left and right, here and there, POP! POP! Nothing ruins a nice morning stroll than a group of girthy people running behind you carrying tires above their head while moaning and groaning with veins popping out of their necks. Like, I’m just trying to get myself a Skinny Vanilla Latte and you’re ruining it for me. (I wonder if Crossfitters order a Bulky Vanilla Latte, sub espresso, add protein.)

Crossfit is for sure a cult and nothing else. Here, I’ll prove it to you. Have you ever met someone who just dabbles in a little Crossfit? No. Everyone you meet that does Crossfit is a little something like this:

(while clenching fists, thrusting, bouncing and probably spitting)

“YEAH I DO CROSSFIT! TRAIN EVERYDAY MAN! IRON PLAYGROUND! I LOVE IT! WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT PALEO DIET?! HASHTAG PALEO. HASHTAG CROSSFIT. CROSSFIT IS A LIFESTYLE. IT’S MY LIFE. CROSSFIT, F YEAH.”

(…just a mild preview for you.)

Look, I totally comprehend how it’s a ‘manly’ thing to do Crossfit and have that ridiculous body but if you’re showing up to a cookout primarily for the protein and not the cleavage and sundresses, you are not a real man. You’re just a random guy with aggressive veins eating too much chicken.

If you’re a girl who is really into Crossfit, then…my advice to you is to ditch the Crossfit studio and walk next door to the Yoga studio. Guys want to see you in tree pose, not literally picking up a tree.

I have a feeling that it’s a rule in the Crossfit community that once you leave Crossfit, you go and tell everyone you know that you went to Crossfit (either before or after you try to convince them to participate in the paleo diet.) Speaking of the paleo diet, um, please go away. It’s cool if you want to eat like a caveman, whatever, do you your thing. You want to know what would be even cooler? Not talking about it all the damn time. If you paleo people keep professing your obsessions for ‘caveman’ life, then I’m pretty sure you will end up living an actual caveman life and no one will want to be around you. Get back in your cave and shut the fuck up about your weighed out meat and nuts!

No Shave November… 9 Problems Only Guys Who Can’t Grow Beards Will Understand

Welcome to the support group. We understand your pain.

  1. The biggest problem is the Internet – and everyone you know – glorifies beards.
  2. You feel like you’re the only guy you know who can’t grow one.
  3. Because you’re a long term sufferer of Eternal Boy Face Syndrome.
  4. You only care because people say that facial hair determines if you’re hot or not.
  5. Your buddies give you a hard time for being follically challenged.
  6. So you secretly dream of growing one.
  7. Because you think that girls and/or boys will respect and pay more attention to you.
  8. Movember.
  9. But even though the struggle is real, be confident in the fact that your shining, child-like face is always on display.

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BODY ART IS MORE MAINSTREAM THAN EVER…

Tattoos are traditionally associated with “outlaw” cultures — bikers, gangs, punks, ex-cons, and sex workers. (Can you count how many tattoos you’ve seen in a porn movie lately?) But the 90’s saw tattooing move into the mainstream in a big way.

Since then, everyone has been expecting a tattoo backlash. And indeed, laser removal clinics have been doing strong business for two decades and counting. Lots of people, especially younger ones, seem to think that laser removal allows relatively easy removal of unwanted body art. If so, they may be surprised at the dozens of hours and the thousands of dollars required. And sometimes, the procedure merely fades the art instead of removing it entirely. (A better choice might be a cover-up tattoo from an experienced tattoo artist.)

Some traditional tattoos are sexual in content — think of the topless mermaid who wriggles when a sailor flexes his bicep. Genital tattoos are still rare, but they are done. For some, tattoo-adorned skin can become a fetish in itself. “Tabu Tattoo” is a magazine dedicated to pictures of racy tattoos in naughty places. Photographer Charles Gatewood is famous for his documentary photos of outlaw-style body art of this sort.

Does it hurt? Yes, but the amount of pain depends both on the person receiving the ink and the area of the body that is tattooed. Ink over bone hurts the most; work done over a well-muscled, fleshy area of the body (thighs, biceps, butt) hurts least.

How individual do you think you’ll be if you pick a design off the wall? The designs that tattoo parlors display on the wall is called “flash art.” They’re cheaper and easier to execute than custom designs, but you’re also more likely to run into that black panther stalking across someone else’s shoulder as well as your own. Some people are fans of the old-fashioned flash art style, however, and it a design appeals to you and you don’t mind sharing, go for it. If you do want to work on a custom design, most tattoo artists will happily assist, and can even work up the art for you from a verbal description or rough sketch. Many have extensive libraries of art in their studios, which you can browse for inspiration.

Make sure that your tattoo artist follows sterile procedure. Blood-borne diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis are easily transmitted by dirty tattoo needles. Your tattooist should use gloves, autoclave their needles, and shave your skin with a disposable razor. Talk to the artist beforehand about their precautions, and take a look at their workspace before getting down to business.

Even with increased acceptance of tattooing in society, think twice before getting a tattoo that can’t be covered. If you’re considering a career in law enforcement, for example, you might want to know that most departments forbid visible tattoos.

And remember, unless you’re already saving up for that expensive laser surgery removal clinic, tattoos last a lifetime. How many times have you broken up with a lover? Dumping a tattoo is even harder to do.

It’s No Shave November… 7 Obvious Reasons You Need To Date A Guy With A Beard

I have a bit of a confession to make: bearded guys make me weak in the knees. There’s just something about a little facial hair that gets me every time: a beard that’s not too bushy (as in, Gandalf status) and not too patchy (like, Michael Cera’s creepy barely-there scruff), but that heavy stubble that’s juuuuuust right.

Sorry, clean-shaven, conventionally handsome Bradley Cooper, but I’m too busy checking out bearded Tom Hardy. And George Clooney? Not even worth a second glance without some scruff on his cheeks. Ke$ha is already on the beard bandwagon (I’m not exactly saying to take dating cues from her, since she also sings about chugging Jack and rolling around in glitter, but I digress…). She knows that even a decent five o’ clock shadow can transform any dork into a rugged, mountain-climbing hunk. And if he’s already sexy? Forget about it. Totally irresistible. (There’s a reason why Allie went back to Noah in The Notebook — and we all know it was his beard.)

Research shows that growing a beard keeps a guy younger-looking and cancer-free. Here are just a few of the infinite reasons why being a lumberjack’s lady has its perks!

1. Beards Have A Storied History Of Badassery
First off, beards go way back as having prestige and power. From the dawn of time, a man’s beard was a symbol of his honor, sexual virility and social status as a man. In the Middle Ages, just touching another man’s beard was offensive and grounds for a duel. Otto the Great swore by his beard saying anything serious. Alexander the Great decreed that soldiers could not have beards for fear that they would be yanked on in battle. For the ancient Greeks, a beard indicated his maturity. (You’ll notice that Zeus — the head honcho of the gods — rocked a full beard versus the baby-faced Apollo, Hermes or Dionysus.) For the early Egyptians, the beard became a symbol of kingship, placing the pharaoh among the deities. And it was the Vikings who really perfected the art of manscaping by plaiting, forking or trimming and nick-naming their face fuzz. So really, beards are rocked by Greek gods, rock stars, royalty … shall I go on?

2. He Has Clear Skin
You’re likely to suspect he has something to hide under that beard, but contrary to what you would think, under that bushiness is blemish-free, baby-smooth skin! Acne and folliculitis (hair-follicle inflammation) are oftentimes the result of shaving. This is because razors can irritate the skin and spread bacteria. As for the secret to his smoothness? His beard prevents him from rubbing natural moisturizing oil off his face and protects him from those bitter winds. No redness or dryness on this guy!

3. His Beard Keeps Him Wrinkle-Free
A beard is the fountain of youth. Funny to think of it that way, but according to recent research from the University of Southern Queensland, a man’s beard blocks up to 95 percent of the sun’s UV rays and we all know that over-exposure to the sun means a higher risk of melanoma. Actually, four out of five cases in men appear on the face, head or neck and the sun causes up to 90 percent of the visible signs of aging. So while we still suggest that he lather on that sunscreen, keeping up his beard will keep that chiseled jawline of his spot-free and baby-smooth.

4. … And Yet, He looks Much Older And Sophisticated!
Asurvey this past summer found that fuzzy-faced fellas look as much as eight years older than those who are clean shaven. When a panel of women were shown a picture of Prince William, who is 31, with a beard, they believed he looked 36. So he looks more mature, without looking haggard or weary — it’s like getting all the benefits!

5. He Looks Insta-Masculine
Sounds like a cliche, but there’s legitimate research behind this: astudypublished in Evolution and Human Behavior proved that the more facial hair a man has, the more masculine both men and women perceive him to be. So if you’re into the burly, testosterone-driven type, he should skip the razor for 10 days — that’s the exact length of time the study found that women find men the most attractive.

6. He’s Trendy
Maybe it’s because of bushy-faced hunks like Ben Affleck and George Clooney. Maybe it’s because of the growing popularity of No Shave November. Maybe it’s because that scruffy hipster look is so “in” right now. Either way,bearded guys are on the rise. More and more men are checking in with their doctors to grow thicker beards, taking multivitamins and even prescribed medication that stimulates the male hormone dihydrotestosterone. Amazon.co.uk found that sales of beard trimmers have grown by 47 percent this year, too. Think of all the men you can date!

7. He Scares Away The Bad Guys
There’s a reason why bearded men are born warriors. Astudypublished last year in Behavioral Ecology found that bearded men appear more intimidating to other men. The researchers think a beard makes a man’s jawline look bigger, which can make him seem more aggressive when he’s angry. You know he’s a big softie on the inside, so you know there’s no reason to fear the beard. You can walk down the street holding his hand on a dark night in confidence.