Greater Des Moines Google-istas have at least one thing in common with other people searching the Internet, but little else.


Everyone, it seems, from Ankeny to Anchorage, wanted to know about Paul Walker after a sports car in which he was a passenger struck a tree and burst into flames in Valencia, Calif. Searches using the Google Inc. search engine for Paul Walker were No. 1 this year in Greater Des Moines. They ranked No. 2 across the nation, according to Google, which released its annual report today on the year's most popular searches.


Here's the list for Des Moines:

  1. Paul Walker 
  2. Boston Marathon
  3. RAGBRAI 2013
  4. Cory Monteith
  5. iPhone 5s
  6. Miley Cyrus at the Video Music Awards
  7. Bitstrips
  8. Government shutdown
  9. Jamie Dornan
  10. Harlem Shake

Here's what the rest of the planet was looking for:

  1. Nelson Mandela

  2. Paul Walker

  3. iPhone 5s

  4. Cory Monteith

  5. Harlem Shake

  6. Boston Marathon

  7. Royal Baby

  8. Samsung Galaxy S4

  9. PlayStation 4

  10. North Korea

Fast Company pulled some interesting data from Google's report.


For example, in the "how to" category, people in New York were curious about levitating, flashing a smile and catching a fish. The rest of us, speaking globally here, wanted to know how to kiss, flirt and whistle.


Americans wanted to know "what is" twerking, Bitcoin and Obamacare.