Slate's 10 most popular stories from 2009.

The week's most intriguing stories.
Dec. 30 2009 1:17 PM

Slate'sMost Read Stories

The 10 most popular articles of 2009.

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9.  First Movers
How exactly will Obama get all his stuff into the White House?
By Christopher Beam

10. Nice To Meet You, Please Don't Touch Me
Dear Prudence counsels a career woman whose religion forbids her from shaking hands with men—and other advice seekers.

Five Most Popular Slide Shows
1. A Brief History of the Bikini
How the tiny swimsuit conquered America.
By Julia Turner

2.  Guarding Obama
Photos of the president-elect's Secret Service detail.
By Scout Tufankjian

3. Strange Maps

California as an island, utopia in the shape of a skull, and other cartographic curiosities.

By Frank Jacobs

4. Incredible Hulks

Exploring Detroit's beautiful ruins.

By Witold Rybczynski


5. Great Shots of Tough Times

readers share their photographs of the economic crisis.