What is 5G? Why were chainsaws invented? Here are SA’s top Google searches in 2020

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Google recently released it’s top search results for 2020. While lockdown and coronavirus are most certainly on this list, so is the origin of Kellogg’s (which made last year’s most-searched list too) and vanilla flavouring.

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Take a look at the top 10 searched questions on Google by South Africans, below:

  1. How to apply for an unemployment grant?
  2. Who won the election? (US Election)
  3. What time is the President on tonight?
    President Cyril Ramaphosa’s nighttime broadcasts during lockdown
  4. What is coronavirus?
  5. What is 5G?
  6. Where does vanilla flavouring come from?
    Referring to a chemical compound used in some vanilla flavourings and other foods that comes from beaver anal glands.
  7. Why were cornflakes invented?
    Referring to claims that John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflakes in 1894 to stave off masturbation.
  8. Where to buy beer during lockdown?
  9. Why were chainsaws invented?
    This comes from a viral TikTok video which falsely claims that it was invented to assist with births.
  10. How to make hand sanitiser

General search topic that were the top trends on Google in 2020:

  1. Coronavirus
  2. US elections update
  3. Sasol share price
  4. Level 3 lockdown
  5. Children’s Day
  6. Hantavirus
  7. Load shedding
  8. Cigarettes ban South Africa
  9. Teacher’s day
  10. Leap day

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