From start to finish, 2016 has delivered plenty of surprises to the world, so it should come as no shock that some of the year's most hotly-debated topics made an appearance in Google's annual "Year in Search" lists for 2016.
In the top 10 most searched-for terms on Google this year, "Pokemon Go" was crowned as the most popular term worldwide — specifically during the month of July — following the highly-anticipated release of the mobile game back in the summer.
Only a month after its initial release, "Pokemon Go" had supposedly earned $200 million in net revenue worldwide, according to estimates by Sensor Tower, an app intelligence firm.
News that surprised media outlets, global citizens and at times financial markets, was frequently found in Google's top trending lists. The U.S. Election, terrorism, Brexit and the passing of world-renowned musicians, Prince and David Bowie, all ranked highly on the lists.