The ‘Prince’s Apartment’ in the Neues Palais (New Palace) located in the Sanssouci royal park in Potsdam, Germany, was opened up to the press for a tour on January 18, 2012. Visitors to the palace may walk through the apartment during an exhibition on Frederick the Great from April 28 to October 28, 2012. via Hungeree.
A pest control company in London commissioned an artist to paint a work titled, ‘Escape the Rat Race’ on the concourse of the Victoria railway station in London to advertise its brand. In a photo taken on January 18, 2012, commuters gawk at the 3D artwork which depicts commuters as rats attempting to escape from a fiery pit. via Hungeree.
A sketch of a bag by Leonardo Da Vinci has inspired the Italian fashion house of Gherardini to fabricate the ‘Pretiosa’ calfskin leather handbag designed by Carla Braccialini. The bag was revealed today at the Pitti W fashion show in Florence and presented by actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Sales for the bag are expected to begin in March 2012 but pricing has not been announced as of yet. via Hungeree.
A real-life recreation of the ‘Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival’ handscroll painting is photographed at a lantern exhibition in Fuyang, located in central China’s Anhui province, on January 16, 2012. The original painting that the exhibition is based on was created by Chinese palace artist Zhang Zeduan during the Northern Song Dynasty over 1,000 years ago. The lantern show runs until February 23, 2012. via Hungeree.
Pet owners across Spain brought their beloved pets to church on January 17, 2012, for their annual Saint Anthony’s Day blessings. In the photos below, the Church of San Anton in Madrid receives hundreds of visitors who arrived with cats, dogs, birds, and turtles to get them blessed with holy water for the coming year. via Hungeree.
The gaping maw of a ferocious dragon serves as an archway for the upcoming Lunar New Year festivities to be held at a park in Chengdu in Sichuan province, China. The Year of the Dragon kicks off on January 23, 2012, and dragon motifs and sculptures are expected to sprout throughout China in the coming days. via Hungeree.
Brave (or foolhardy) villagers in Madurai, India, attempt to wrestle with a rampaging bull during the annual jallikattu festival on January 17, 2012. After the bull is loosed into a ring, hundreds of participants attempt to corral the bull with their bodies, their limbs, and their loud exhortations. For an unfortunate few who fall by the wayside, the bull can stomp on them or gore them with quick and jerky motions. via Hungeree.
The Moonlite Bunny Ranch has thrown its support behind Ron Paul for the presidential horse race. The ‘ranch’ is a legal brothel located just outside Carson City, Nevada, and owner Dennis Hof and eight working girls appear in a recently posted photo which bears the message, “Pimpin’ for Paul.” via Hungeree.