Top 5 Hottest Google Searches: Frankie Avalon, iPod Nano and More

Here's what people are searching for on Google so far today.

Frankie Avalon:

You remember him, right? You don't? He was one of the country's hottest singers in 1959 -- right around the time Simon Cowell, the "American Idol" judge, was born.

Last night on "Idol," as Randy Jackson was grousing that the contestants were reaching back to 1959 for material -- out came Frankie, singing "Venus," his No. 1 hit back then. He still sings, and people agreed he still looks great.

Apple 8GB 4th Generation iPod Nano:

You mean you don't have one? Woot.com is among the reviewers that love it, and found a clever way to say so. Apple says it'll hold 2,000 songs or eight hours of video, which you can squint to watch on its 2-inch screen.

Maundy Thursday:

Also known as Holy Thursday, this is the day on the Christian calendar that commemorates Jesus' love for his disciples, even though he said at the Last Supper that he knew one of them would betray him. It is marked around the world (note this editorial from the Manila Bulletin) as Jesus' last full day on earth before the crucifixion on Good Friday. Holy week culminates on Easter, this Sunday.

Dan Miller:

If you live around Nashville, Tenn., the chances are good you grew up with Dan Miller, the low-key, good-natured anchorman at Channel 4 there, WSMV. He joined the station (then WSM-TV) back in 1969, and became a regular evening fixture in Tennesseans' living rooms for nearly 40 years.

He left Nashville briefly, anchoring at a Los Angeles station and then appearing as Pat Sajak's sidekick on a late-night talk show on CBS in the early 1990s. But Nashville was his adopted home, and he came back in 1994.

He was in his hometown of Augusta, Ga., for the Masters Golf Tournament when he had a heart attack Wednesday night, reportedly while showing friends around his old neighborhood. He was 67 when he died.

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Kyoto Box:

If you live in a comfortable American home with a kitchen and a stove, you'll never need one of these -- but you'll also cause the emission of something like two tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The Kyoto Box is an inexpensive cardboard cooker for use by the poorest people in rural Africa, using nothing but the heat of the sun. It focuses the heat with foil and black paint, and traps it with a clear acrylic cover. No cooking fuel, no smoke, and no contribution to greenhouse warming.

No, the Kyoto Box was not invented in Japan. It's just named after the Kyoto agreement to combat climate change. The developer is from Norway. His name is Jon Bohmer, and his startup firm won a $75,000 prize for the idea.

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