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The Year in Slideshows

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The Year in Slideshows

Throughout 2008 we here at CNBC.com have been putting together slideshows about the serious ... jobs, housing, investment ... and the fun ... fashion, gifts, liquor ... for your information and pleasure. Now at year's end we thought we'd go over what were the ten most popular slideshows visited by our readers. And naturally we decided to do it ... in a slideshow!

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Lehman Brothers' chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing is the largest in history, dwarfing all others. Take a look at the ten biggest corporate filings in US bankruptcy court, based on pre-bankruptcy assets. >
Source: BankruptcyData.com

Biggest Bankruptcies

It seems fitting that kicking off our top slideshow list would be ... bankruptcy. Lehman Brothers, after all, was a major headline of the year. And at $639 billion, it dwarfed all the rest, as our slideshow on the Top Ten Chaper 11 Bankruptcies pointed out. The 10th largest here was only $25.2 billion ... barely enough for an auto bailout these days, right?

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Slideshow: 2008 Bank Failures

Special Report: Wall Street In Crisis

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is presented annually in Miami Beach, Florida, at The Raleigh Hotel. Coinciding with the swimwear industry's largest trade show, the invitation only event provides a runway platform for designers' swimwear and resort collections with exposure to national and international media, style setters and fashionistas.
Photo: Oliver Quillia for CNBC.com

Miami Fashion

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is presented annually in Miami Beach. The invitation-only event gives national and international media a look at designers' swimwear and resort collections for the upcoming year. Naturally, we wanted our readers to see what was coming for the fashion world.

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Average Annual Salary: $191,410
Photo: AP

Highest Paying Jobs

It's a no-brainer why this slideshow was popular. The list varies from doctors to airplane pilots, but those looking for high pay may want to look in the medical field, which dominates the list. But even if the year wasn't so bad for employment, readers would have clicked into this one. Who wouldn't want to see what job pays $184,340 per year on average? (Hint: Sleep on it).

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  •  Luxury Getaways

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Hardest Jobs to Fill

Despite the shaky job market, employers are still having a tough time filling some positions. Naturally, jobs that required special skills and knowledge topped the list. But there is demand for some basic labor, too.

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  • College Degrees in Demand

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Since the beginning of the credit crunch in August, 2007, a total of 14 banks have closed their doors, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. This year alone, 12 banks have gone under. Take a look at the failures of 2008 (in chronological order), as measured by total assets and the cost to the FDIC’s deposit insurance fund, aka taxpayers. >>

Bank Failures of 2008

This slideshow went hand in hand with the main news of the year: The seizure of the U.S. credit and banking system. This year alone, 25 banks have gone under.

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Celebrity Foreclosures

More than one million homes in America went into foreclosure in 2008 ... and the rich and famous were not immune. Celebrities ranging from athletes to entertainers saw their homes go into foreclosure. CNBC.com took a look.

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43,000 Loss in Payrolls
Photo: AP

Jobs at Risk

This list helped readers determine if they were likely to see a pink slip or not. No surprise, housing- and finance-related work dominated the list. But new hires in all industries need to worry, too.

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Even in times of global financial downturn, you can be sure of one thing people will continue to buy and consume: beer. It would take more than rising commodity costs and plummeting stocks to quench the hardy revelers of these 20 nations. (Ranked per capita.)
Graphic: CNBC.com

Top Beer Drinking Countries

This was a slideshow done especially for Oktoberfest, featuring some light-hearted photos. And the United States is NOT the winner.

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  • Expensive Whiskey

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1. (Adult) Witch
Graphic: CNBC.com

Top Halloween Costumes

It's a fun season. And not just for kids. An estimated 51.8 million adults are belived to have sported some sort of costume for the fright night. We took a look at some of those get ups. And some were a little, ahem, edgy.

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Pampered Pooches

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posted 12 Nov 2008by - Senior ProducerIn the big-money world of prostitution, sometimes the names that get caught up in scandals are a big surprise. They include political figures, billionaires, CEOs, all-star athletes and celebrities.  Here are some of the more notorious prostitution scandals that have made their way into the headlines over the years.

Prostitution Scandals of the Rich and Famous

Our most visited slideshow of the year. No wonder. In the big-money world of prostitution, sometimes the names that get caught up in scandals are a big surprise. They include political figures, billionaires, CEOs, all-star athletes and celebrities.

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