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The 2010 Fifteen Minutes Awards

They starred in sex scandals and Internet memes, racial controversies and political campaigns. They’re random people who gained notoriety through high-profile lawsuits, attempted acts of mass violence, and unplanned freakouts. Continuing a tradition that Daily Intel started all the way back in 2009, we bring you 2010's Fifteen Minutes Awards, which are doled out annually to fifteen people who came into our lives out of pretty much nowhere, captured an insane amount of attention for a brief period of time, and then disappeared again, probably for good.

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Photo: Clockwise from top left: Natalia Koslesnikova/AFP/Getty Images, WAFF.com, Splash News, Alvin Greene 2010