I personally don't know a single human being who searches for things using the Yahoo search engine, but apparently that is still a thing that people do. And when they do search for something? Chances are they're searching for Minecraft.
Yahoo7 has just released its Top 10 searches for 2014 and Minecraft is close to the top spot, coming in at number 2 behind the Malaysian Airlines MH370 tragedy.
Rounding out the top five was Frozen, The World Cup and The Australian Open.
It sounds pretty incredible that Minecraft made the number 2 spot when you consider the competition — global sports events and one of the highest grossing animated movies of all time — but last year Minecraft actually topped this list at number 1.
Yeah, in case it wasn't crystal clear, Minecraft is about as mainstream as a video game can possibly be, particularly among young children. Pretty amazing.
Here is the top 10 according to Yahoo7:
1. Malaysia Airlines 2014 has been a big year for Malaysia Airlines, dominating headlines for all the wrong reasons. The search still continues for missing Malaysia plane MH370 while crash experts have only recently recovered the wreckage from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which killed 298 passengers.
2. Minecraft Critically acclaimed game, Minecraft started from humble beginnings to become one of the most popular games in the world, which took out the top spot for Yahoo7’s most popular searches last year. This year Minecraft still featured strongly, as the second most searched term.
3. Frozen Unsurprisingly, the Frozen phenomenon continued in 2014 after premiering late in 2013. Earning more than $1.2 billion worldwide and going on to become the fifth highest grossing film of all time, Frozen captured the attention of children and adults alike.
4. FIFA World Cup Millions of soccer fans from around the world tuned in to watch the World Cup in Brazil this year. More than one million visitors travelled to South America to watch 32 national teams compete to win the World Cup with Germany taking out the tournament after it defeated Argentina in the final, 1-0.
5. Australian Open The annual tournament sees the world’s favourite tennis players travel to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam tennis event of the year. In 2014, Swiss player, Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam, defeating Rafael Nadal in the men’s final, while China’s Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova to take out the women’s title.
6. Peppa Pig Peppa Pig is a British animated series for preschool children. Since premiering in 2004, Peppa Pig has become a hit with kids and parents alike, with the five minute episodes centering on the adventures of Peppa and her friends. These days, Peppa Pig can be found everywhere, from DVDs to desserts, online streaming and on a huge range of kids clothing.
7. Robin Williams The tragic death of Robin Williams in August shocked fans around the world, with many heading online to express their sadness at his passing. The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian was the face of many movie classics, including Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Mrs Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting and Aladdin.
8. Commonwealth Games This year saw 5,000 athletes converge on Glasgow, Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 71 countries competed in 261 events across 18 different sports. England took out the medal tally for the first time since the 1980s, Australia and Canada following in second and third place while pacific island nation, Kiribati celebrated its very first gold medal win.
9. Ebola 2014 saw the largest Ebola outbreak ever documented, with the WHO declaring an international public health emergency in August. World aid has been directed to affected regions, with many African countries struggling to contain the latest Ebola outbreak. The first case of Ebola outside of Africa was reported in September, with media and the public following the stories of those infected and those who have recovered.
10. INXS Iconic 1980’s rock band, INXS was once again the topic of conversation in 2014 with the television miniseries, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart. Airing on Channel Seven in February, the miniseries saw more than two million viewers tune in to relive the story of the band’s rise to stardom and events leading to the death of lead singer, Michael Hutchence in 1997. The mini-series gave INXS’ singles and albums a boost back up the ARIA charts, taking out the top spots in the weeks following broadcast.