Okay, the iPhone and the Harlem Shake might be skewing the results. What if we just limited it to people? Still no luck. Oscar Pistorius, the South African athlete under investigation for his girlfriend's murder, ranked higher than Snowden.
Maybe "Snowden" is a little too specific. What if we broadened the query to "NSA" or "surveillance" or "spying"?
The same pattern will repeat itself if you drill down to U.S.-specific searches. Here's what trends in Washington, D.C. — arguably the city most preoccupied with Snowden this year — looked like, as provided by a Google spokesperson:
While the details of the Snowden saga may have gripped civil liberties advocates and Internet policy types — and although Snowden himself clearly thinks he's still a major subject of debate — the rest of the world seems to think otherwise.