As kids we idolize athletes, astronauts, artists, inventors, scientists and superheroes. As we grow older, we get jaded, focusing more on the muck of humanity than the shining stars who make us proud to be human. But over the past year, plenty of guys stepped up and inspired the world. Study these manly moments, then go out and do something awesome.
Cory Booker Rescues Damsel in Distress Most people have trouble getting their mayor on the phone. In Newark, New Jersey, the mayor runs into burning buildings to save lives. Booker made additional headlines when he let Hurricane Sandy refugees crash at his place.
Felix Baumgartner Parachutes From Space Baumgartner survived a jump from outer space to the surface of the earth, fulfilling the fantasy of every 8-year-old boy for the last 50 years.
Frank Ocean Makes Coming Out Cool While there are plenty of openly gay men in the world today, Ocean is the first in the world of R&B to maintain his mainstream success.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Discovers Krypton Between his usual engagements making science cool again and debunking quacks and cranks, Tyson took a minute to help Superman find his home planet.
Oscar Pistorius Opens Olympic Doors The first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games, this South African runs faster on artificial legs than most men can on biological ones.
Elon Musk Rethinks the Electric Car Everbody wants to save the world, but Elon Musk is doing it in style. His Tesla brand makes fully electric cars with both class and power. The established car companies have yet to give us either.
Julian Castro Addresses the DNC Julian Castro became the first Latino to address a major party convention when he served as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The San Antonio mayor is one of his party’s rising stars.
Bobak Ferdowsi Wins Hearts, Sees Mars Bobak “NASA Mohawk Guy” Ferdowsi became the face of the entire Mars Rover project, earning marriage proposals and 15 seconds of Internet fame. He also worked as part of a team that put a camera on another planet.
Gregorio Maria de Falco Calls Out a Captain This Italian Coast Guard officer became a national sensation when he commanded the captain of the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship to get back on board and help passengers.
Hashinur Rahman Commits the Greatest Act of Insubordination Ever Rahman ignored the orders of his boss and put himself at grave risk to save lives during a Bangladeshi garment factory fire.
Sergey Brin Gives Away Millions for Parkinson’s Research In between helping you find everything from porn to sports scores online—and field-testing Google Glasses—Google co-founder Brin donated $61.9 million to the Michael J. Fox Foundation this year.
Jamie Moyer Shows Whipper Snappers How It’s Done At the age of 49, when most guys have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game and the oldest player to record an RBI. That’ll do.