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Toronto Blue Jays ‘hands-down’ most Googled thing in Canada this year

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays and the federal election that saw Justin Trudeau become prime minister were the top Canadian subjects of Google searches in 2015.

Aaron Brindle of Google Canada says there’s no doubt Canadians were passionate baseball fans in 2015, and the Blue Jays were “hands-down” the most-searched topic of the year.

Toronto surged into the American League playoffs after a series of trades that included the acquisitions of ace pitcher David Price and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

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The Jays ended up falling in the AL championship series to the Kansas City Royals – the eventual world series champs.

Brindle says the federal election that saw Trudeau lead the Liberals from third place to a majority government was a close second, and “how to vote” was a top-trending question.

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Other trending searches this year included Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid.

Lamar Odom tops global search results for 2015

Lamar Odom’s bizarre downfall from a former Los Angeles Lakers star to a lost soul in a Nevada brothel had the world searching Google for answers more than any other topic this year.

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A four-day binge in October that culminated in Odom being found unconscious in the Nevada “Love Ranch” placed him atop Google’s list of hottest searches during 2015. The annual breakdown released Wednesday ranks the inquiries that triggered the biggest spikes in traffic on Google’s dominant search engine, excluding queries about sexually explicit subjects.

The interest in Odom eclipsed January’s lethal attacks in France at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a mobile game called “Agar.io” that lets multiple players devour cells in a virtual petri dish. In the U.S., two movies, “Jurassic World” and “American Sniper,” ranked behind Odom.

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Odom’s saga fascinated people who aren’t even sports fans because he married reality TV star Khloe Kardashian in 2009 while he was still a key player on a Laker team that went on to win its second consecutive National Basketball Association championship. He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013.

During Odom’s stay in Nevada, brother workers said they saw him drinking alcohol and taking supplements sold as “herbal Viagra.” The brothel’s owner said Odom had spent $75,000 on two women who took him to a VIP suite.

Here’s a look at some of the most Googled things in 2015:

Top trending searches in Canada in 2015:

  1. Blue Jays
  2. Justin Trudeau
  3. Federal election
  4. Pan Am games
  5. Paris shooting

Top trending searches worldwide in 2015:

  1. Lamar Odom
  2. Charlie Hebdo
  3. Agar.io
  4. Jurassic World
  5. Paris

Most Googled “how to” questions by Canadians in 2015:

  1. How to vote
  2. How to use Snapchat
  3. How to get new Emojis
  4. How to download Windows 10
  5. How to delete U2 album

Most Googled consumer tech items of 2015:

  1. iPhone 6S
  2. Samsung Galaxy S6
  3. Apple Watch
  4. iPad Pro
  5. LG G4

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