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Jan. 27 2010 7:00 AM

The Ultimate Trend Story

Enter Slate's Google Trends reader contest.

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Tired of searching alone? Google's Hot Trends, an hourly snapshot of the Web's fastest-rising searching terms, is the best place to find what your fellow searchers are dying to learn: who's having sex with whom, who's in legal trouble, who's dead, and who's been traded to the Yankees (and, in the winter, where kids are hoping for a snow day).

Here at Slate, we keep a close eye on which news events pop up on Google Trends. We got to wondering: What would the ultimate Google Trends mashup look like? Your challenge: Write the most deadpan, objective, AP-style news item using as many simultaneous Google Trends as you can. If you can figure out a way to combine the latest celebrity couple and the most recent political scandal believably, all the better. Just visit the "Hot Trends" page any time this week and get started. There's a 600-word limit, so use those adjectives sparingly. And don't forget to let us know how many keywords you worked into your story.

Entries must be received by Monday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. ET.

This contest is now closed. Read the results here.



The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Hasbro Is Cracking Down on Scrabble Players Who Turn Its Official Word List Into Popular Apps

Florida State’s New President Is Underqualified and Mistrusted. He Just Might Save the University.

  News & Politics
Sept. 30 2014 9:33 PM Political Theater With a Purpose Darrell Issa’s public shaming of the head of the Secret Service was congressional grandstanding at its best.
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PM Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 8:54 PM Bette Davis Talks Gender Roles in a Delightful, Animated Interview From 1963
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 1 2014 7:30 AM Say Hello to Our Quasi-Moon, 2014 OL339
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.