From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Comment below with the stories you’re talking about, tweet them using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.
Michael Phelps: Fittest Man of All Time
Men’s Health selected 22-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps as the “fittest man of all time.” The magazine said it picked Phelps over Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Muhammad Ali and many others not only because of the body he’d built, but also because of what he’d been able to do with it — inspire people around the globe.
Quote: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“I can’t stand whining,” Clinton told Marie Claire Magazine during a conversation about “Catcher in the Rye.” “I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they’re not happy with the choices they’ve made. You live in a time when there are endless choices … Money certainly helps, and having that kind of financial privilege goes a long way, but you don’t even have to have money for it. But you have to work on yourself … Do something!”
The Federal Trade Commission is offering a reward of $50,000 to anyone who can find a way to stop robocalls.
Ready for Their Close-Up
Photographer David C. Schultz tweeted us these photos from a trip he took to Antarctica — “Thought this might make you smile.” The emperor penguins were more interested in the camera gear than Schultz.
Bizarre weather created a strange play during a recent high school football game in Texas. A punt from the 27-yard line last weekend ended up going backward because of strong winds and found its way into the end zone where it was recovered by the kicking team for a safety.
Daring Baby Elephant Rescue
The Ambsoeli Trust for Elephants recently uploaded this video of a rescue the group took part in a few weeks ago. An 8-month-old elephant was stuck in a pit and the wildlife activists had to drive off the distraught mother in order to save the baby. The calf was immediately reunited with its mother.
The first wingsuit flying championship has begun in Zhangjiajie, China. The world’s 15 best flyers will jump from more than 4,500 feet and follow a course that takes them close to a cableway before landing at the finish line. The flyer who completes the course the quickest wins.
No More Newsweek
Newsweek announced today that it will be ending its print edition after 80 years of publishing. The magazine is transitioning to a digital-only format that will launch in 2013. The last print edition will be the Dec. 31 issue.