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Thursday, 31 July 2008
The Dark Knight, 4th Highest-Ranking Film in History of Lycos Top Search List

 Christian Bale, Danica Patrick, Wendy Williams are Among Big Search Gainers on Lycos  

The Lycos 50TM for Week Ending July 26, 2008

WALTHAM, Mass.-July 31, 2008-Lycos, Inc. (http://www.lycos.com/), a leading provider of social publishing, media and search services, today announced the following information from The Lycos 50TM, the 50 most popular Internet search results for the week ending July 26, 2008.  For a complete list of The Lycos 50 and for in-depth text of The Lycos 50 Daily Report, go to http://50.lycos.com/.  Readers of The Lycos 50 can also share their thoughts on Internet trends and pop culture on The Lycos 50 Blog located at http://lycos50.tripod.com/blog/ and the Under the Red Carpet Blog at http://redcarpet.tripod.com/blog/.

Biggest Movers and Shakers for Week Ending July 26, 2008:


Christian Bale

  600 %


Danica Patrick

  544 %


Estelle Getty

  515 %


Wendy Williams

  470 %


Avril Lavigne

  435 %


WNBA Fight

  400 %


Criss Angel

  385 %


John Edwards Affair

  305 %


"Step Brothers"

  233 %


Sienna Miller

  145 %

Search Gainers:

"The Dark Knight" (#2) enters The Lycos 50 this week, becoming the highest-ranking film to make the Lycos top search list since "The Matrix Reloaded" hit number one on The Lycos 50 in May 2003.  "The Dark Knight" is the fourth most-searched film in the history of The Lycos 50 behind "Star Wars: Episode II," "Spider-Man," and the "Matrix Reloaded."  For a look back at the biggest movies in Lycos 50 history, visit http://50.lycos.com/052103.asp.  Actor Christian Bale (#40) also makes his first-ever appearance on this week's list, due in part to his starring role in "The Dark Knight" as well as news surrounding allegations Bale assaulted his mother and sister at a London hotel on June 20.  In other rough and tumble news, female brawls dominate the Movers and Shakers list this week.  Race car driver Danica Patrick gains 544 percent following an argument with another female racer at the Honda-Indy 200 in Lexington, Ohio. Meanwhile, Wendy Williams jumps 470 percent after an on-air altercation with TV reality star Omarosa. Omarosa, who jumped into the national spotlight during the first season of NBC's The Apprentice, recently appeared with Williams to promote her upcoming book, The Bitch Switch, but instead spent more time trading insults with the radio personality-turned-talk show host.  And search activity for the WNBA increases four-fold after a scuffle on the court between the Detroit Shock and the Los Angeles Sparks.  During the July 22 game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, a fight broke out with 4.6 seconds left in the game.  After the dust cleared, Detroit's Plenette Pierson and assistant coach Rick Mahorn were ejected, along with Los Angeles players Candace Parker and DeLisha Milton-Jones.

The Lycos 50TM Top 10 Search Terms for the Week Ending July 26, 2008:

1)      Paris Hilton                            6)  Pamela Anderson

2)      "The Dark Knight"                7)  Facebook

3)      Clay Aiken                             8)  Alex Rodriguez

4)      Miley Cyrus                           9)  Britney Spears

5)      YouTube                              10)  Naruto           

Updated: Thursday, 31 July 2008 11:39 AM EDT

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