Today’s Google Trends: What Was LBJ’s Favorite Beverage?

Slate's Culture Blog
Aug. 24 2009 11:07 AM

Today’s Google Trends: What Was LBJ’s Favorite Beverage?

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 9 a.m.)

No. 18: "lbj." Searches for former president Lyndon B. Johnson's favorite drink dominated the Google Trends list this morning. LBJ's drink of choice was the $1 million question posed to Kevin Basin of Los Angeles on last night's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." According to the show, LBJ had four buttons installed in the Oval Office so he could order his favorite beverages on demand. The buttons included "coffee," "tea," "Coke," and..."Fresca"—not Yoo-hoo, which was Basin's unlucky answer. Watch the video here .

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No. 36: "Acadia National Park." Searches for Acadia National Park were up this morning after several people were injured and a young girl killed when a rogue wave caused by Hurricane Bill swept them out to sea. A group of around twenty people had gathered at a spot in the park called Thunder Hole, where a small cavern forces incoming waves into a giant waterspout that can shoot as high as 40 feet during storms. The park is located near Bar Harbor in Maine and was the first national park east of the Mississippi River . Video of the rescue can be seen here .

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No. 57: "Unassisted Triple Play." The beleaguered Mets were dealt an especially humiliating defeat by the Philadelphia Phillies last night when Phillies second baseman Eric Bruntlett ended the game with an unassisted triple play. After Bruntlett caught a line drive hit by Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur, his teammate Shane Victorino started frantically yelling at him: " Touch everybody. Touch everything ." Bruntlett did as his was told and made history: Only once before, in 1927, has a baseball game ended on a triple play. Watch the video here and read the play-by-play here .

Photograph of wave caused by Hurricane Bill courtesy Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.