Did you know that the Beatles have been the most succesful band in 2001? Did you know that Britney Spears and Pamela Anderson have been the most searched women on the Internet, and Nostradamus and Osama Bin Laden the most wanted men? Google presents selected information of its search patterns through its Zeitgeist section on a weekly basis. Moreover they do yearly summaries (2001) or special reports for days like the 11th September. It's an intersting part of history. Check it out!
By the way, Zeitgeist is a german word literally translated as "time spirit". And with more than 150 million searches on Google everyday this selection of the most popular search strings can be seen as a mirror of our time.