King Tut has taken over Seattle.

Well, at least according to Google. The search engine giant released its 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist, a tradition that showcases the people, places and topics that captured the world’s attention this year. It was Google’s most comprehensive list yet, covering 55 countries with 838 top-10 lists from places all around the world.

“King Tut Seattle” was the most-searched term in Seattle, with the famous exhibit on display at the Pacific Science Center from May 24 – Jan. 6, 2013. In second place was “SEA-TAC airport”  — maybe it’s due to that Alaska Air fiasco in October. Finally in third was “Election Results,” as November 6th was a big day for the state of Washington with both marijuana and same-sex marriage legalized in the same historic election.

The most interesting and unexpected phrase seems to be “Paleo Diet.” Guess Seattleites are into that.

Google also looked at the top-10 restaurant searches on Zagat, a dining review guide that Google gobbled up in September of 2011. Upscale steakhouse El Gaucho topped the list, with Purple Café and Wine Bar and Café Juanita rounding out the medal stand.

Here’s a look at each list:

Top Ten Most Searched Terms in Seattle in 2012

  1. King Tut Seattle
  2. SEA-TAC Airport
  3. Election Results
  4. Whooping Cough
  5. Seattle Seahawks
  6. Costco
  7. Paleo Diet
  8. BECU
  9. Super Bowl 2012
  10. Mother’s Day 2012

Top Ten Most Searched Restaurants on Zagat in Seattle in 2012

  1. El Gaucho
  2. Purple Café and Wine Bar
  3. Café Juanita
  4. Serious Pie Restaurant
  5. Boat Street Café
  6. The Crab Pot
  7. The Herbfarm
  8. Daniel’s Broiler
  9. Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
  10. Paseo Restaurant

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