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Ted Williams, Carrie Prejean, Susan Boyle

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Everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame, right? Well, some peeps get even more.

Whether you're a total unknown like Ted Williams and Susan Boyle or a seasoned pageanteer like Carrie Prejean, nothing preps you for instant celebrity status.

So check out which common folk the public has welcomed with open arms—and the trainwrecks, too.