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Conchita Wurst, the bearded transgender winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, performs during a concert at the European Parliament in Brussels October 8, 2014. The concert organised by members of Parliament aimed to support the adoption in February of the report against homophobia and sexual discriminations. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR49DJA
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Conchita Wurst, Flappy Bird, and Frozen were among the most popular Google searches in the world this year

By Zach Wener-Fligner

Another year, another few trillion internet searches.

Google, which controls two-thirds of the internet search engine market and fields over 100 billion searches per month, has released its annual list of top searches for 2014. As in previous years, it provides a good roundup of the major events of the past 12 months.

This year’s global top 10 list includes terms from pop culture, including the hit Disney film “Frozen” and the Austrian transgender singer Conchita Wurst; terms related to major news events including Ebola and ISIS; and, inexplicably, the addictive mobile game Flappy Bird.

Here are the 10 most popular search terms on the internet this year (the company measures popularity on a year-over-year basis to filter out consistently common terms):

Rank Search
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

The US-based list was similar, containing eight of the same terms. Ferguson and Ukraine replaced the global list’s Conchita Wurst and Sochi Olympics.

Rank Search
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

The internet giant has also released an excellent “Year in Search 2014” video that includes footage related to many of the year’s major events: