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Rob Ford, North Korea And Nelson Mandela: What Canadians Searched For In 2013 According To Google

12/17/2013 09:23 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 01:38 EST
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, a man raises his hand during at Google offices, Oct. 17, 2012. The world's attention veered from the tragic to the silly in 2012, and along the way, Web surfers searched in huge numbers to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, Mother Nature's wrath and a record-breaking skydiver. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Canadian internet users were hooked on the antics of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Toronto's mayor was at the top of the list of the most searched terms in 2013 released by the search engine on Tuesday.

It's easy to see why. Ford had an eventful year that included a number of high-profile battles with the media, admitting that he smoked crack cocaine and has a drinking problem, uttering a lewd remark about his wife and then some.

The sudden and tragic deaths of young actors Cory Monteith and Paul Walker placed second and third on the year-end list respectively.

Tim Bosma, the Hamilton, Ont. father killed by strangers after he posted an online ad, was fourth on the list. The terror attacks at the Boston Marathon also rounded out the top five.

Nelson Mandela, who died just a few short weeks ago, was sixth on the list.

The rest of Google's top 10 list for Canada in 2013 is below:

1. Rob Ford

2. Cory Monteith

3. Paul Walker

4. Tim Bosma

5. Boston Marathon

6. Nelson Mandela

7. Royal Baby

8. North Korea

9. Harlem Shake

10. Lac Megantic

Google Canada's Zeitgeist also revealed a few more things about the country's internet users. We're equal parts serious and pop-culture obsessed. Searches for "What is twerking" and "What is fracking" took the first and second spot in their list of "What is..." searches.

On the political front, Thomas Mulcair should be a bit worried. The NDP leader barely cracked Google's top 10 list of federal politicians, well behind Stephen Harper (No. 2), Justin Trudeau (No. 1) and two disgraced senators and four Cabinet ministers.

CORRECTION: A previous version of the article stated that the accused in the Tim Bosma case contacted him through the ad. Kijiji confirmed to police that no one contacted Bosma through their service. We regret the error.

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