Brazilians let the dogs out in Rio de Janeiro for the annual precursor to the Carnival parade where pet owners gussy up their pooches in costumes and festive garb. The ‘Blocao Parade’ took place on February 12, 2012, in the borough of Copacabana where humans and canines marched down Atlantica Avenue to the hoots and cheers of spectators. via Hungeree
A 14-story statue of Mazu, the Chinese goddess of the sea, which almost rivals the Statue of Liberty in height (42.3 meters for Mazu vs. 46 meters for Miss Liberty) stands along the seaside in Tianjin, China, on February 10, 2012. Builders completed construction of the statue in December 2012 and it will be a central attraction of the new Mazu Culture Economic and Trade Park being built in the Binhai Tourism Zone in Tianjin. via Hungeree
Thousands of tomatoes became a mash of sauce and seeds in Quillón located in the VIII Region of Chile, on February 11, 2012, when the second annual ‘Tomato War’ broke out. Over 3,000 participants took part in the action where 30 tons of bruised tomatoes were thrown, lobbed, hurled, and smashed against playful combatants and churned into soupy red pools of chunky flesh and glistening skins. Pasta anyone? via Hungeree
Photographer Kim Taylor trained baby trout to jump by dangling lures over their holding tank and photographed them lunging for their lunch. He then Photoshopped the results onto natural backdrops to create scenes nigh impossible to capture in the wild. via Hungeree
Every year in November and December, thousands of Monarch butterflies flock to the Oyamel Forest in central Mexico to spend the winter in a state of hibernation. The canopy cover of the forest and the nearby streams maintain a delicate homeostasis which provides enough moisture to keep butterflies saturated in the near-freezing air. via Hungeree.
Converse teams up with Nintendo again next month to release another Mario-themed Converse sneaker in black or white leather. The white variation features a first-generation ‘Super Mario Bros’ version of Mario in all of his red pixel glory whilst the black shoe shows Mario in his enlarged post-mushroom-eating form where he’s larger and more ungainly. via Hungeree.
Amateur photographer Samuel Aranda’s snapshot of a Yemeni woman cloaked in black and cradling a wounded relative after a protest in Yemen has won the 55th annual World Press Photo Contest. Aranda’s winning photo was taken on October 15, 2011 and it beat out over 100,000 other photos from 5,247 photographers around the globe. The international World Press jurors who picked the image announced their decision on Friday, February 10, 2012. via Hungeree
Pascal Prokop isn’t your average motorist in search of the latest and greatest in automotive technology. No, he’s the kind of driver who installs an old school wood-burning stove in the passenger seat of his Volvo in order to stay warm during the cruel winters of Switzerland. Prokop’s 1990 Volvo 250 station wagon is fitted with a chimney on the roof which spews smoke whenever the oven’s hot and burning wood. via Hungeree
The 35th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up took place on February 8, 2012, where runners raced up 86 flights of stairs to reach the finish line. The winner in today’s event was Thomas Dold, age 27, who scaled the Empire State Building with a time of 10 minutes and 28 seconds. via Hungeree
A six-week-old baby marmoset who was abandoned by its mother has been adopted by animal handlers at Wild Animal Encounters located in Western Sydney. The baby has also been recruited into a wildlife education program as an ambassador where she will visit schools and shopping centers in Australia to teach children about animals and nature. via Hungeree.