Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Bisexual pop stars, same-sex marriage topped online searches in 2011

The lives of celebrity bisexual tabloid favorites Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga ranked within the top 10 online searches about famous people in 2011. Which states allow same-sex couples to marry also landed among the list of top political questions the public turned to the web for answers this year.

According to Oakland-based online search site Ask.com, the female starlets and marriage equality were among the top trending search terms and corresponding questions in 2011.

Coming in at number three among the top 10 questions about celebrities was whether Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has face implants. Answer: her “horn-like protrusions” she was seen sporting were just make-up effects.

At number nine on the list was whether Lindsay Lohan (seen at left) was going to jail? Answer: The actress served time in jail last year and faced the possibility of another stint due to violating her probation terms. So far she only spent a few hours in jail this year and could be sent back if she fails to fulfill her court-ordered community service duties.

The top question this year was whether reality TV star Kim Kardashian faked her wedding. Answer, who knows.

Ranking seventh on the list of top political searches and questions was which states allow gay marriage. Of course Bay Area Reporter readers know that list is short. Only six U.S. states – Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont – and Washington, D.C. are on it.

The number one political question people asked this year was whether President Barack Obama would be re-elected. Voters, though, can only answer that query when they head to the polls next November.

Interestingly, despite that piquing Ask.com users the most during the last 11 months, the website failed to make a prediction on who would win the presidential race of 2012. Instead, the site’s top prediction is that actor George Clooney will win a second and third Academy Award.

And it predicts there will be a lot of little Pippas running around in the years to come. The name, made famous by the sister of the future queen of England Kate Middleton, will jump into the top ten baby names in 2012 according to Ask.com.

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 30, 2011 @ 2:29 pm PST
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