'Sex' has been ousted as the most searched-for term on the web over the past week, as the world turned its attention to seeking information on the attacks in the US.
Osama bin Laden was more sought after than usual favourites Pamela Anderson and Britney Spears, while top European search term 'sex' was relegated to 17th position.
With regard to the attacks in the US, alongside searches for Taliban, World Trade Centre, FBI, Pentagon and American Airlines, 16th century astrologer Nostradamus also saw a huge increase in attention.
Following a spate of emails which rapidly circulated around the globe, searches for Nostradamus even surpassed those for bin Laden on some search engines after the internet community became entranced with his prophecies.
In one email it appears that some people have drawn the conclusion that a quatrain reading: "In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb", refers to the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
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