Enjoy this sampling of the cream of '08 while awaiting the inevitable Seacrest v. Dicky Clark deathmatch on New Year's Eve. We'll be back when the dust settles in January.
Culture: With a horde of undesirables plotting to invade the country and steal our face-meltingly hot women, a lone maverick saw the opportunity to rage against the machine.
Food & Drink: Unintended blessings were bestowed on mankind when the multi-faceted offspring of environuts cured global warming with a new ice age.
Gadgets: In the fading light of Second Amendment rights, gun owners everywhere hauled ass to more stimulating playthings.
Gear: With communist propaganda afoot in China, designers looked for inspiration everywhere, from the 1980's Cold War to the 1780's local states' rights.
Services: While clueless retailers bemoaned lackluster sales, shameless shoppers still managed to get things handled.
Travel: Inspired travelers started the year dreaming of palm trees and swanky privacy, but just ended up stuck on the tarmac for hours, praying for release.