Whenever something serious happens, the internet does its best to become distracted by minor characters and occurrences only tangentially related to the actual news story.

We love the little girl who becomes distracted by her own image during her father's political speech, the funny hat that attended Kate and William's royal wedding, and, most recently, the reverse centaur who must surely be tired after running through our minds and local newscasts all day.

As nominated by the Gawker staff, here are the biggest breakout stars of Hurricane Sandy: