Dear Miss Snark,
What do you think the chances are that in 6 to 9 months time you will start receiving queries about a love triangle murder on the Space Shuttle? Or perhaps you have already?
In general, what correlation do you see between major news events (even if minor global importance) and the queries that you read?
It's not quite that direct. Right now all terrorists are Arab (especially if they are from Iran, a fact that makes me laugh out loud***) with the North Koreans taking up a position in the wings. All Wall Street bankers and hedge fund operators are evil, as are most Catholic priests.
And everyone seems to think no one else read The DaVinci Code, so why not just use those ideas and type up a book that will REALLY sell.
Using current events isn't an automatic no, but you better have something interesting to say about it that I can't read in Details or NY Mag.
And you'd do well to understand the world you're writing about.
**Iranians are Persian and speak Farsi, not Arabic. Further explanation here.