Google's Guide To The Universe

The search engine keeps track of the Web queries that show the largest spike each month. A disease, a hot book and an even hotter videotape occupied our minds this year.

--S.G.

JANUARY Joe Millionaire (Fox TV hit debuts)

FEBRUARY NASA (the space shuttle Columbia blows up on Feb. 1)

MARCH Al-Jazeera (Gulf War II starts)

APRIL SARS (worldwide scare over the epidemic)

MAY Matrix (Reloaded opens on May 15)

JUNE Harry Potter (a new volume--at last--hits stores at midnight, June 21)

JULY Tour de France (Lance again)

AUGUST MSBlast (computer virus strikes on Aug. 11)

SEPTEMBER Hurricane Isabel (rocks...

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