Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Missouri’s Top-Searched Word on During Pandemic Is Embarrassing

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 2:34 PM posted a map this week showing the top-searched terms by state during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Missouri subsequently outed itself as having its priorities in all the wrong places.

For many of the states, the search terms are the kind of things you'd expect to see during this health crisis and the subsequent economic turmoil that comes with it. "COVID-19" unsurprisingly tops the list in many states, along with words such as "furlough," "disinfectant" and "rona."

"Stir-crazy" topped the list for Kansas, which is probably the case for that poor boring state even in the absence of lockdowns, while Alaska's was "hunker down," which is kind of charming in its own way.

Meanwhile, Missourians apparently don’t know the definition of the word “looting.” Forget valuable public health information; here in Missourah it was all about the loot.

The map is color coded, with search topics separated into four categories including "science," "economy" and "social behavior." Missouri’s search of “looting” stood in a category all of its own called “social unrest,” and stands out in bright hot pink.

Well, this is embarrassing. Looking at the map, you’d think Missourians care more about looting than about the worst pandemic in a generation.

What’s that you say? It’s just Governor Parson who seems to think that? Yeah, you’re right.

Email the author at
  • Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tags: , , , , ,

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 7, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation