As the year draws to a close, we look back on the stories that captured the nation (and the world) in 2008.
Our staff put together a list of the 10 Stories That Defined 2008 that includes the election of Barack Obama, the Beijing Olympics, Somali pirates, and the collapse of Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers.
Some articles from 2008 that didn't make our staff's list were huge hits with our audience, so with that in mind, here is a list of the top five most popular (according to traffic) findingDulcinea stories from 2008.
5. McCain Taps Relative Unknown Palin as VP. The story of McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for his running mate nearly broke our site record for most visits to a story in a single day, and was a good indication of the media frenzy that followed Palin throughout the campaign.
4.On This Day: Witold Pilecki Allows Himself to Be Captured by the Nazis. Nearly 70 years after it happened, people are still captivated by the story of a man who risked his life to provide information about Auschwitz to the Allied forces from within the walls of the concentration camp.
3. Scientists Develop a Possible Cure for HIV. The world was stunned in November to learn that scientists had engineered "super T-cells" that might be able to attack the virus, testing of this could begin as early as next year.
2.Gay Penguin Egg Snatchers Get Their Own Brood. Many people were intrigued to learn that this couple from a Chinese zoo had been stealing eggs from other penguins and replacing them with rocks, the zoo finally caved in and gave them an egg of their own to raise.
1. Males of All Species Becoming More Female. A shocking study indicated that chemicals released into the environment were causing males of many species (including humans) to develop more feminine characteristics.