The world’s attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012. Along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.
Whitney Houston was the “top trending” search of the year, according to a Google report. People searched for news about Houston’s accidental drowning in a bathtub in February.
Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” music video trotted into second spot.
The video is approaching a billion views on YouTube.
Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out power and flooded parts of the East Coast in the midst of a U.S. presidential campaign, was third.