Paul Walker, the movie star who died last month, has come top in Google UK’s top trending search terms for 2013.
The American actor, who was killed in a car crash on November 30, was listed aboveiPhone 5Sand royal baby, according to the figures revealed by the search engine in its annual Google Zeitgeist search list.
In the days following his death, interest in Nelson Mandelacaused a surge to send him to sixth on the chart of trending terms for the whole year.
While the overall list uncovers the obsessions that gripped Britons in 2013, more specific lists also provide remarkable insights.
London mayor Boris Johnson topped the chart of top trending politicians, ahead of Nick Clegg and David Cameron.
Boyband One Direction appeared above Justin Bieber, who normally takes the top spot, and Miley Cyrus in the list of most searched celebrities.
But even One Direction could not contend with Kim Kardashian, who took first place.
“What is twerking?” was at the summit of the list for “What is…?” questions, while YOLO, the slang acronym meaning You Only Live Once, appeared third on the list.
In the world of sport, the Grand Nationaltopped the list of events, with Wimbledon in second place - despite this year’s historic win in the men’s final by Andy Murray.
Tom Daley made a late appearance in the list of top trending people following his YouTube announcement of a same-sex relationship.
Claudine Beaumont from Google UK said: “Our annual Zeitgeist survey provides a fascinating snapshot of our interests and obsessions for the year.
“Celebrities always get a lot of interest and the passing of well-known figures makes people want to learn more about them.
“Despite that, some of the more traditional aspects of British life, from the Grand National to the royal birth, have generated many Google searches and will be remembered as events that have characterised the year.”