Your Year in Bing Searches: Beyoncé, the Royal Baby and So Many Memes

It's the time of year when people start looking back over the past 12 months to remember what happened and how it captured the imagination of the population. And to kick things off, here's Bing's search history for 2013.

There is stacks of data to pore over and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it doesn't all reflect wonderfully well on the state of humanity. You can check out the whole lot yourself, but here are the big three: news, people and, of course, memes.

Top Ten News Stories

  1. Royal Baby Born
  2. Boston Marathon Bombing
  3. Cleveland Kidnapping
  4. George Zimmerman Trial
  5. Gun Rights
  6. Tesla
  7. Syria
  8. Anthony Weiner
  9. Oil Prices
  10. Fiscal Cliff

Slightly depressing that more people care about a posh baby than the impact of the Boston Marathon bombing and other major world events. But, hey, the little fella was kind of cute.

Top Ten People

  1. Beyoncé Knowles
  2. Kim Kardashian
  3. Rihanna
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Madonna
  6. Justin Bieber
  7. Nicki Minaj
  8. Amanda Bynes
  9. Miley Cyrus
  10. Barack Obama

Eight women, two men. You go, girlfriends.

Top Ten Memes

  1. Harlem Shake
  2. Grumpy Cat
  3. Chuck Norris
  4. Epic Fail
  5. Bad Luck Brian
  6. Sloths
  7. Cheez Burger
  8. Surprised Patrick
  9. U Mad Bro
  10. Ermahgerd

The Harlem Shake! Remember that? How early 2013.

You can go read the full report of Bing's most popular searches over on Microsoft's blog, but it will make you worry about the future of humanity. So proceed with caution. [Bing]