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Tiger Woods The squeaky clean im­age of the world’s best golfer was tar­nished af­ter a conga-line of women claimed to have had sex with him. It tuned out the world’s best golfer had had more birdies off-course than on.

Ch­es­ley B. Sul­len­berger Bet­ter known as Sully, the hero of the Hud­son River land­ing, Sul­len­berger brought 155 peo­ple to safety af­ter their air­craft was hit by birds in the US. A fighter pi­lot and in­struc­tor, he told pas­sen­gers, “Brace for im­pact.”

Su­san Boyle It’s been a bumpy ride but the fairy­tale is still com­ing true for the Welsh spin­ster. From the lam­pooned frump on Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent, Boyle’s first record, I Dreamed a Dream, sold more copies in its first week than any other de­but al­bum in the UK.

An­gela Merkel Ranked by Forbes as the world’s most pow­er­ful woman (sorry Hi­lary), Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel has punched above her weight by meet­ing the Dalai Lama, cas­ti­gat­ing Zim­babwe dic­ta­tor Robert Mu­gabe and lean­ing on Rome to be tough against Holo­caust de­nial.

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