It's only January, but I think we already have a winner for Photo of the Year:
This was taken by Janis Krums, who was on a ferry at the time this US Airways Airbus A-320 crashed landed New York's Hudson River. The plane had come a-cropper after a birdstrike caused both engines to fail. Using quite incredibly stupendous skill, pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger brought Flight 1549 down in the water perfectly, allowing all 150 passengers and crew to escape onto the slightly submerged wings, and get into life rafts. Krums snapped a shot on his mobile phone, and uploaded it to his Twitter account, making it one of the first shots about the story to get on the internet. Citizen journalism, hoorah!
A story like this makes me think about parallel and multiple universes.
In another potential universe, the world might be mourning the loss of those 150 lives right now. I think today - we're in the good universe.
On a slightly less philosophical note, how about Captain Chesley Sullenberger?
I can imagine that guy's had to put up with all sorts of nicknames throughout his life. But now, forget Superman. When I have a mid-air emergency, I want SULLENBERGER on my side. He's the real Man of Steel. Perhaps we should give his name a definition:
"Sullenberger. Noun. A feat of spectacular skill and precision, resulting in the survival of persons in an otherwise deadly situation."