America, the Great Republic, is holding her elections today. And her voters, you voters, are, uh, still frantically Googling to find out who's running for President.
That's a Google Trends chart above, showing how often people in the United States have searched for "who is running for president". As you can see, it's spiked heavily in the past month, and again, higher still, in the past WEEK. The election is today, for god's sake. "Does anyone know who is running for president? I HAVE TO GO VOTE ON IT TODAY." Et cetera.
Others are taking to Twitter:
So whose running for president this year?— Austin Moylan (@moylanator41) November 6, 2012
The orignal graphic floating around is even more horrifying, but it demonstrates the search term's popularity over 8 years, worldwide. Of course traffic is higher in a more digitally integrated world in 2012, and people will search for the term more than in 2008 and 2004. Google's just bigger now. But still. STILL. Look at the US-only, 12-month chart here. It's still pretty damn insane. Maybe the Onion has it right. [Atlantic, BGR]