Today's Google Trends: Consider Yourself Warned

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July 31 2009 11:27 AM

Today's Google Trends: Consider Yourself Warned

If we are what we Google, then Google Hot Trends —an hourly rundown of search terms "that experience sudden surges in popularity"—is the Web's best cultural barometer. Here's a sampling of today's top searches. (Rankings on Hot Trends list current as of 10 a.m.)


No. 20: "Seinfeld reunion." Larry David, after previously denying rumors of a Seinfeld reunion, recently announced that there will be a meta-reunion during this season of Curb Your Enthusiasm . David told the Los Angeles Times that the former cast members will play themselves and act out the process of writing a Seinfeld episode. The season finale will feature snippets of the show-within-the-show.


No. 22: "Eminem the warning." Eminem released a new single yesterday in which he brings the escalating feud between himself, Mariah Carey, and Carey's husband, Nick Cannon, to a new level. He says he started the word-war because Carey denied sleeping with him, then disses Carey's video for "Obsessed," in which the stalker character bears a striking resemblance to Eminem. (Carey claims the song was inspired by "Mean Girls.") Finally, he warns Cannon: if "you gonna ruin my career, you better get one." Listen to the song here.

No. 29: "Hanging Gardens of Babylon." According to a new United Nations report , the U.S. military did irreparable damage to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The gardens were built in 600 B.C. by Chaldean king Nebuchadnezzar to help cure his sick wife, Amytis of Media, who longed for the flora of her former home in Persia. In 2003, the U.S. Military took over the former site to create Camp Alpha.

Photograph of Eminem courtesy of Kevin Winter/Getty Images.


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