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? Tweet us the stories you’re talking about using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.
Tonight’s Instant Index:
Person of the Year
For the second time, Barack Obama has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. The president was chosen from a short list that included Malala Yousafzai, the teen Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot by the Taliban; Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi; and Bill and Hillary Clinton. The magazine named 17-year-old Yousafzai 2012′s runner-up.
Christmas Tree Bursts Through the Roof
A lot of people are looking twice as they walk down one street in Seattle today. One house has a Christmas tree so big, it burst through the roof. But it’s not quite what it looks like. The homeowner is an inventive architect. He chopped off the top of the tree, attached it to plywood and then bolted the whole thing to the roof. Santa will get quite a surprise when he stops there Christmas eve.
Bank Robbers Use Bedsheets to Escape
Two bank robbers tied their bedsheets together to escape from a correctional facility in Chicago. They created a makeshift harness to propel down the side of the building. They lowered themselves down 15 stories and then ran. A manhunt is under way tonight and officials say the inmates are armed and dangerous.
NASA’s Next Generation Spacesuit
NASA astronauts may soon be wearing white and green suits into outer space. The Z-1 spacesuit prototype will shorten preparation time, improve safety and boost astronaut capabilities during spacewalks and surface activities, according to NASA. Photos of the suit were posted to Flickr and one can’t help but notice the resemblance to “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear.
Memorial for Jenni Rivera
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mexican superstar Jenni Rivera is scheduled for today at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles. The late singer’s brother Pedro Rivera Jr. planned to lead the service. About 6,000 fans were expected to attend the service holding white roses. A limited number of tickets were available for the event and they reportedly sold out in 15 minutes.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s‘ Added to Film Archive
The 1961 classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” starring Audrey Hepburn, will be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry today. The film is among 25 titles that will be inducted including ”Dirty Harry,” “A League of Their Own” and “A Christmas Story.” Films are chosen for their enduring importance to American culture and must be at least 10 years old.