SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.
A four-day binge 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 the 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.