The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a hip-shaking-leg-jerking horse dance form.
Here are the top ten searches
#1 Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's sudden, tragic drowning was the most searched for item on Google. She was due to perform at a pre-Grammy function, but instead she was found dead, face-down in an overflowing bathtub in a suite at Beverley Hilton hotel. The news about her death was the "top trending" search, according to the Zeitgeist report.
Image: Whitney Houston was celebrated as one of the greatest female singers of all time. She won two grammys, 30 billboards and 22 American music awards