Fame sometimes finds unwitting individuals in the most unusual circumstances.
Be it a priceless moment of sheer chance or an 80-year-old grandpa who looks fit enough to outrun guys a quarter of his age, this year has seen some unlikely heroes grace the Internet.
Here are five people who prove that you don’t have to be young to look cool.
1. That bun must be pretty darn good
A 52-year-old fruiterer in Taiwan found herself in the limelight after the Wall Street Journal published a photograph of her for its story on Typhoon Megi in September.
With a half-eaten bun in one hand and an umbrella turned inside-out in the other as rain and strong winds lashed around her, Mrs Dai still managed to look nonplussed as she ate her snack.
It must have been some bun - netizens were all asking where she had bought it from.
2. Keep calm and read on
Hong Kong was pounded by heavy rains in October, flooding parts of the island. An old man, however, continued to peruse his newspaper and sip his coffee in a swamped Chai Wan district Starbucks outlet.
Ms Kristy Chan, 23, who took the now iconic shot, said: "It was quite funny. Maybe he already has that many life experiences so the flood didn't bother him at all.”
3. China’s hottest grandpa
Mr Wang Deshun the silver-haired grandpa blasted techno music at his 80th birthday party (as the DJ, no less), has a rock-hard physique and has walked a fashion runway (bare-chested).
"Nature determines age, but you determine your state of mind," he said, as the hairs on the flabby stomachs of young men across the world collectively curled in shame.
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