911 Symbol on Google Hot Trends

I don’t know how this is done, but somehow a symbol of an airplane hitting the Twin Towers has made it’s way onto Google Hot Trends today (as you can see at the 20th position if you click the image). It’s been there since this morning.

I think this has something to do with someone gaming the Google Trends algorithm, possibly searching for these symbols in Google rapidly from unique IP’s?

Obviously from the pic below, you can see that there is no other related information about the search term, probably because there is no real way to determine relevancy to symbols. Interesting.

How is this symbol made anyway? Wingdings or webdings probably, but I just copied and pasted. ✈ ▌▌

Update: There’s some more info about how this happened over at ISEDB. Looks like the users at 4chan got it going.

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