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Here's What Austin Googled in 2013
Google released its Austin Zeitgeist 2013 report today.

What do twerking, Sharknado and the government shutdown have in common? 

They're all some of the top trends in Google searches in Austin this year, according to the search giant's 2013 Zeitgeistreport. Austin's searches didn't do much to keep it weird. For the most part, the searches were fairly nationalized, unlike previous years, with one exception.

With that in mind, here's the list of Austin's 2013 top Google searches:

  1. Paul Walker
  2. iPhone 5S
  3. Cory Monteith
  4. Kidd Kraddick
  5. Government Shutdown
  6. Boston Marathon
  7. Adrian Peterson
  8. Black Friday
  9. Jodi Arias
  10. Nelson Mandela

Twerking took top honors in both the "How to" category — along with levitating, sewing, tweeting and typing — and the "What is" category.
However, Central Texas did get some traction in searches — with the West Explosion as the seventh-most Googled news event and Google Fiber earning the third-most searched in technology. 

"This year saw a wave of interest in Austin for everything from learning more about tragic events like the Boston Marathon and the West Texas explosion—all the way through to learning about technology terms like hashtag, Bitcoin, Vine and Snapchat," Levente Smith of Elizabeth Christian & Associates said in the press release accompanying the report.

And Google's acquisition of restaurant review site Zagat last year allows us to peer into the top 10 most-searched restaurants in town (many of which are chains): 

  1. Congress Restaurant
  2. Roaring Fork
  3. Vespaio Riostorante
  4. Sway
  5. Eddie V's Prime Seafood
  6. Truluck's
  7. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
  8. La Condesa
  9. Chuy's
  10. Hudson's on the Bend

And even though the final season of 'Breaking Bad' didn't crack the top 10 in entertainment searches, it seems the show did pique some interest in Walter White's favorite poison, as "What is ricin?" was the third most popular query in the category.  

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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