Estately Google Trends 2015 Map. Image: Estately
Hey Washington. Your secret is out. We know what you Google search on those lonely nights when you think no one is watching. You don’t have to hide anymore. All your neighbors are googling Leonard Nimoy too. While Louisiana was googling “Ashley Madison”, West Virginia was typing in “Magic Mike XXL”, and Utah was searching “man bun”, sweet, gentle Washingtonians were busy looking for Leonard Nimoy.
Leonard Nimoy as Spock. Photo: Paramount Pictures
How do we know? Using Google Search data trends for 2015, Estately created the above map revealing what each state googled more than any other state this year.
According to the data, Washington was also interested in the Super Bowl, Amanda Knox, Mad Max: Fury Road, Microsoft Surface and of course, Left Shark, reports Estately. But most of all, the Evergreen State wanted more Nimoy.
When Leonard Nimoy passed away in February 2015, the EMP Museum displayed the tunic he wore as Spock in the south lobby. Crowds of Star Trek fans came to pay their respects and honor the half-Vulcan legacy.
The Seattle-Nimoy-architecture connection
That Seattle with its huge tech sector would so strongly identify with a character who represents pure logic and reason is no surprise. Even the tech king, Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist, Paul Allen bestowed the name Vulcan Inc. upon his private investment company. Allegedly he named it after the Roman God of fire, not the extraterrestrial humanoid species — but still.
We can’t say whether Allen’s Vulcan will live long, but it will certainly prosper. Vulcan has entered into an agreement to evaluate for purchase the property around 23rd and Jackson, home of the Promenade 23, reported the Capitol Hill Seattle blog on Tuesday.
Promenade 23 property. Image: Weingarten Realty
For Vulcan, the potential investment would add to the company’s lucrative real estate developments after its enormous investments in South Lake Union. At 123 Broadway, Vulcan has already begun to drastically alter the Yesler Terrace, Seattle neighborhood, reports CHS.
You know what else changed the Seattle architectural landscape? The EMP Museum. The most popular exhibit of the EMP Museum? The Science Fiction exhibit. Who is featured in the Science Fiction exhibit? Leonard Nimoy. Who commissioned the EMP Museum? Paul Allen. Which brings us full circle back to the mystic prevalence of Leonard Nimoy in the Seattle area.
EMP Museum. Photo: Wikipedia
When Allen commissioned architect Frank O. Gehry to create the EMP, he was inspired by his passion for Rock n’ Roll music (he even has his own band!). Gehry took this musical idea and ran with it in his design.
“The building is made up of three-thousand panels, made up of 21 thousand individually cut and shaped stainless steel and painted aluminum shingles, encase the outside of the building. Their individual finishes respond to different light conditions and appear to change when viewed from different angles, reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving,” reports the EMP Museum on their website.
When the EMP Museum opened, Allen smashed a glass replica of a Fender Stratocaster and let out a shout that summed up this museum’s unique approach: “Let the experience begin!” The museum is home to a large collection of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, Allen’s favorite.
Jimi Hendrix statue, Capitol Hill, Seattle. Photo: Flickr
Gehry was the first architect to use CATIA technology to make 3D architectural models for his complex, curved buildings. Gehry Technologies now offers software and professional guidance to help other architects and contractors create.
Seattle residents had mixed feelings about the look of the EMP Museum. Some thought it was beautiful, others… not so much. The museum had some trouble recruiting visitors with Rock N’ Roll music alone. That’s where Nimoy comes in.
In 2004, the Science Fiction Hall of Fame was relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at the EMP Museum. Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry was inducted in 2007 and his work is proudly featured at this Seattle landmark.
One could argue that the presence of tech nerds, Vulcan Inc, Paul Allen’s band, and the Science Fiction Hall of Fame created the perfect storm to make Leonard Nimoy the number one search in Washington this year. It could have been “wolves” like Montana, “nae nae dance” like South Carolina, or “Miranda Lambert divorce” like Texas. But no. The collective unconscious of the great state of Washington came together to help Leonard Nimoy RIP at number one.
Live long and prosper, Seattle.