Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.
Morbid fascination has a hold on Google searchers this morning. The most searched term on the site is “Seattle Shooting,” referring to yesterday’s incident involving a man walking into a cafe near the University of Washington and opening fire, killing four patrons. Later on, the same man carjacked and shot a woman before shooting himself in the head. So far this year, the capital of grunge has seen 21 gun-related homicides, which befuddles the powers that be. "If we are to be honest, there’s no easy fix," a city councilman recently said.
Kathie Lee Gifford
What happened? Why are so many people Google searching for Kathie Lee? Apparently on Wednesday’s episode of Today, of which the redheaded TV personality hosts the final, boozy hour, she managed to talk to actor Martin Short about his wife—who died in 2010. “[You] have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business,” Gifford said to Short. “How many years are you in love with her now?” Short was gracious and Gifford later apologized via Twitter, though she got the actor’s handle wrong.
Mary Kate Olsen
Good morning, Yahoo! We’re feeling very in sync with your users right now, who are searching more than anything for information about child star of yore Mary Kate Olsen, now 25. Why? Because she’s reportedly canoodling with 42-year-old businessman Oliver Sarkozy, brother of the former French president. Politics! Sex! Power! French people! Thanks, nosy Yahoo! users, for leading us to this.
After the recent news that a Miami man, high on “bath salts,” ate off the face of another man, rumors that a zombie apocalypse—really, the thing that happens in Dawn of the Dead—are running rampant, and Yahoo! readers want to know more. Luckily they can be directed to the important news source IHopeRickSantorum for a list of 10 possibly zombie-related incidents, all in Florida in a one week span. The post has garnered over 25,000 comments. Who are the zombies, again?
Over at Bing, everyone’s searching for news on Terrell Owens, the former NFL player who was just recently cut loose from his latest gig with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. After missing promotional events and reportedly refusing to go on the road with his team, Owens, a former Cincinnati Bengals player, was sacked. "It is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player’s lack of effort both on and off the field," Wranglers owner Jon Frankel said in a statement. "We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community."
Ignoring the outside world, Twitter users have made a topic that explains why they use the service the top-trending item on the site. Way to go.