The Chilean miners
The now-infamous Chilean miners spent 69 days trapped underground in the collapsed San José mine in Chile’s Atacama desert. Their rescue was watched by as many as one billion people and transformed several of the miners into global celebrities. Brad Pitt’s production company is reportedly trying to secure exclusive film rights to their story. One of the miners, Edison Peña, says his time underground has made him more human. “I think I’m loving everybody more,” he told the BBC. “I believe in touching people. I think I love myself more.”
The Tea Party
In a sign of the growing influence of the populist Tea Party movement in the U.S., activists helped push some of their favourite candidates (like Mike Lee in Utah, Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida) into the Senate in November’s mid-term elections. Within days of defeating Democrat Jack Conway, Paul mused about bringing a bicameral Tea Party caucus to Capitol Hill. “You know, I’ve never held office before, so I go there expecting to change the world and I won’t be told otherwise,” he said.