What Does Wisconsin Google More Than Other States?

Brian Sheridan

Estately has compiled Google trend data to show what each state Googled more than any other state in 2015. Each state seems to have covered every one of the biggest stories to hit the mainstream media last year. From Pennsylvania obsessing over the royal baby, to New Mexico looking to learn more about new discoveries with Pluto. If it was big news, some state definitely Googled it the most.

And then there’s Wisconsin. Like the hungry knowledge enthusiasts we are, we sought to delve into only the most important topic to hit 2015: What does “bae” mean? Forget the new breakthroughs in science or the current political climate overseas. Everyone from pop stars to middle schoolers are using this new, alien word and we stopped at nothing to get to the bottom of what this means.

Well, what does it mean?

If anyone has ever called you bae, don’t worry, it’s not some new curse word the kids made up to make fun of you in front of your face. In fact, it’s a term of endearment. According to this New York Times article, some claim it’s an acronym for “before anyone else,” while some say it’s a shorter version of the word “babe” or “baby.” The word started being used in 2013 and gained popularity through the Pharrell Williams song Come Get It Bae in July of 2014. Google trend data shows this was when it was at peak popularity before dwindling out mid 2015. While it looks like we’re behind on the trends, at least we can say we aren’t in the dark anymore.

Luckily, I wouldn’t say it was the worst Google search of 2015. Just think of those in Iowa looking to see if there’s any leaked news on which guy The Bachelorette has voted off. And the people of West Virginia were dying to find out more about Magic Mike XXL; exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, they want it all.

Hopefully we can try and find some more interesting topics to Google in 2016. Other topics we googled more than other states in 2016 include Rep. Paul Ryan (newly elected Speaker of the House), "Koch brothers," and Political activities of the Koch brothers.