US election, iPhone 5, Kim Kardashian top Yahoo! 2012 searches
Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton, British royal Kate Middleton, late singer Whitney Houston, troubled former child star Lindsay Lohan and pop star and former 'American Idol' judge Jennifer Lopez all featured in the top 10 after being in the news prominently throughout the year. Middleton, who was followed eagerly by fans and critics in her first year as a royal married to Britain's Prince William and being a staple at the London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, also garnered the most-searched scandal of the year when a French magazine published photos of her topless. 'olympics' came in at No. 7 on the list, as many turned to online media to watch and keep tabs on the global sporting event held in London during the summer.
On Yahoo!'s separate list of top-searched obsessions, pop culture dominated this year, with "The Hunger Games,” reality star Honey Boo Boo, erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," British boy band One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen's hit song 'Call Me Maybe' and Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style" featuring in the top 10.
Yahoo! Inc compiles its annual search lists based on aggregated visitor activity on the network and billions of consumer searches.
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