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  |  May 12, 2004   |  Comments

The war in Iraq grabs the top spot on the Lycos 50 from the usual entertainment-related search terms.

The war in Iraq has finally overtaken various entertainment and seasonal event items among those using Lycos to search the Internet. The search term "war in Iraq" catapulted from #18 to #1 on the Lycos 50 for the week ending May 8, 2004, largely due to the controversial photos of Iraqi prisoners. Video of American POWs were the propellant for the last time searches related to the Iraq War reached #1, which was during the week of April 1, 2003.

There are a handful of other entries on the Lycos 50 and the Yahoo Buzz Index for the week ending May 9, 2004 that stray from the typical celebrity and entertainment searches. "Kentucky Derby" (#6) and "Cinco de Mayo" (#17) made the Yahoo list, while the week's Lycos 50 marked the re-entry of "Chernobyl" (#32) and the continued presence of dieting-related searches.

The lists included the ever-present "Britney Spears" and "Jennifer Lopez" who have both spent 247 weeks on Lycos and 162 on Yahoo. Also appearing on both lists: "American Idol," "Usher," "Lindsay Lohan," "Friends," "Beyonce," "Harry Potter," "Christina Aguilera," "Jessica Simpson," "NBA," and "Van Helsing."

Other long-timers on the Lycos 50 include: "Dragonball (#6)," "Pamela Anderson (#11)," "WWE (#12)," "Las Vegas (#28)," while "Curves (#49)" and "Carmen Electra (#50)" make return visits.

Lycos 50 for the week ending
May 8, 2004
Current
Position
Search
Term
Last Week's
Position
1 War in Iraq 18
2 Paris Hilton 1
3 Clay Aiken 2
4 Britney Spears 3
5 Mother's Day 17
6 Dragonball 8
7 KaZaA 4
8 Weight Watchers 5
9 South Beach Diet 10
10 Atkins Diet 6
11 Pamela Anderson 7
12 WWE 9
13 Prom Hairstyles 11
14 Usher 12
15 Cinco De Mayo Re-Entry
16 Neopets 14
17 Hilary Duff 33
18 Poker 16
19 Final Fantasy 13
20 Brooke Burke 24
21 Harry Potter 25
22 Pokemon 20
23 Baseball 22
24 Jessica Simpson 19
25 The Bible 21
26 Lindsay Lohan 45
27 Anna Nicole Smith 48
28 Las Vegas 28
29 Marijuana 23
30 The Olsen Twins 35
31 Inuyasha 39
32 Chernobyl Re-Entry
33 Yu-Gi-Oh! 31
34 Beyonce 43
35 friends 46
36 American Idol 27
37 Christina Aguilera 30
38 NBA 29
39 Jennifer Lopez 34
40 Sasser New
41 SailorMoon 36
42 Van Helsing New
43 NASCAR 37
44 Princess Diana 26
45 Janet Jackson 41
46 The IRS 38
47 Jillian Barberie 50
48 Texas Chainsaw Massacre 44
49 Curves Re-Entry
50 Carmen Electra Re-Entry
Source: Terra Lycos
The Yahoo Buzz Index for the
week ending May 8, 2004
Current
Position
Search
Term
Last Week's
Position
1 Britney Spears 2
2 American Idol 1
3 Usher 3
4 Lindsay Lohan -
5 Friends -
6 Kentucky Derby -
7 Slipknot 45
8 Beyonce Knowles 9
9 Eminem 6
10 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 11
11 Jennifer Lopez 7
12 Christina Aguilera 12
13 D-12 10
14 Jessica Simpson 4
15 Mean Girls -
16 NBA 8
17 Cinco de Mayo -
18 Linkin Park 15
19 Van Helsing -
20 OutKast 13
Source: Yahoo

Check out how the search terms have changed over time:
Diets, Sports, Celebrities Top Search Lists
Do Not Call Harry Potter?
Payment and Entertainment
War and Basketball
Touchdowns, Taxes, and Tragedy
Searches Mostly Entertainment-Related
Virus Becomes Most Popular
Debut of a Salesman
Dragonball Rolls Into First Place
World Cup Kicks Star Wars Out of Space

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