Slime, which holds the No. 1 spot, became a trending topic in 2017 with the popularity of online videos showing various objects you can make from the gooey substance. On Instagram, you’ll find more than 6 million posts if you search the #slime hashtag. Meanwhile, searching the topic on YouTube reveals that millions have watched slime videos.
In May, Newell Brands CEO Michael Polk spoke to CNBC’s Jim Cramer about the impact slime is having on his business. As the parent company for Elmer’s Glue, which is the main ingredient used in slime projects, Polk says the brand received nearly 200,000 social media mentions about slime from March to May of 2017. Retail sales of the liquid glue rose 25 percent in 2016 thanks to the trend.
Following how to make slime on Google’s most searched list is “how to make solar eclipse glasses.” In August, when the solar eclipse hit, many people scrambled to find the special glasses needed to watch the event. With top retailers selling out of the eyewear, and with experts warning the public to stay clear of counterfeits on the market, it’s no surprise that many people turned to Google to figure out how to make their own spectacles.
Here’s Google’s full list of the top 10 “how to” searches of 2017:
1. How to make slime
2. How to make solar eclipse glasses
3. How to buy bitcoin
4. How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor
5. How to make a fidget spinner
6. How to watch the solar eclipse
7. How to freeze your credit
8. How to play Powerball
9. How to screen record
10. How to lose belly fat fast
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