2008 Year in Review With Top Ten Lists, Greatest Hopes for 2009 Poll & More From Infoplease.com

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Trusted Reference Site Offers Comprehensive View of Landmark Year for Review and Reflection

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The well-organized information on Infoplease, such as reviews of important news and numerous top ten lists, will give visitors a comprehensive view of this landmark year as they begin to think about what their hopes and dreams are for 2009.

2008 encompassed both the "best of times" and the "worst of times," and Infoplease has captured all of the year's memorable and notorious events in a special "Year in Review 2008" feature. In addition to reviewing and reflecting on the year's top events, visitors to the trusted reference Web site can plan for the upcoming year and participate in the Greatest Hope for 2009 Poll.

"The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the events of the past year and think carefully about our greatest aspirations for the future," said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. "The well-organized information on Infoplease, such as reviews of important news and numerous top ten lists, will give visitors a comprehensive view of this landmark year as they begin to think about what their hopes and dreams are for 2009."

Not surprisingly, the historic election of Barack Obama as the country's first African American president tops Infoplease's review. Also in the spotlight are the financial crisis and corrupt politicians. Infoplease's article on the "News of the World" takes visitors from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe as they reflect on the impact that the global economic crisis has had on countries around the world as well as natural and human-caused disasters, civil wars and ongoing conflicts.

Infoplease has compiled comprehensive 2008 Top Ten Lists on all kinds of events, people and places that were at the forefront of our lives in 2008. For example, visitors can discover the year's Top Ten Richest Americans, Top Ten Best Beaches of 2008, Top Ten Fattest Countries in the World or the Top Ten Most Dangerous U.S. States.

The site also reviews the top sports events of 2008, from the Super Bowl and the World Series to the Triple Crown and the Tour de France. Winners of this year's Oscars, Golden Globe Awards and more are included in the Infoplease's 2008 Arts and Entertainment Awards page. A special 2008 People in the News section features biographies of world and national figures, such as Gordon Brown, Fidel Castro, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. The section on 2008 deaths will provide visitors with biographies of the celebrities, leaders, athletes and controversial world leaders who died in 2008.

Throughout the site, Infoplease also offers comprehensive compilations of 2008 U.S. and worldwide statistics, to help visitors envision what life will be like in 2009 and beyond.

After reviewing the year's highs and lows, Infoplease visitors can vote in a poll to select their choice as the Biggest News Story of 2008. Potential selections include the year's natural disasters, political conflicts, worldwide economic woes and monumental athletic achievements. At press time, more than 50 percent of poll participants have voted for the worldwide economic crisis as the biggest news story of 2008. Not surprisingly, when polled about their Greatest Hopes for 2009 an end to the worldwide financial crisis was the top choice for the majority of Infoplease visitors, followed by lower unemployment and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

After they have finished singing "Auld Lang Syne" and recovered from their New Year's celebrations, Infoplease visitors can keep their resolutions to start the year being organized by visiting the site's 2009 Calendar & Holidays page. This comprehensive calendar lists the significant holidays for each month of the year and will help visitors see beyond the cold winter weather and plan for spring holidays and summer vacations.

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