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Dante’s Beach Inferno

1167 Dantes Beach Inferno
As the two-time winner of the Food Network’s Challenge: Outrageous Pumpkins, Ray Villafane is best known for his expert artistry in food carving. However, he’s now recognized for more after accepting to take on a sand sculpting project in Jesolo, Italy. Despite not having any experience in creating sand sculptures, Villafane challenged himself and took part in the annual holiday project. He did such an exceptional job in November 2008, that he was invited the next summer to masterfully sculpt a giant “Dante’s Inferno” on the beach. Incredible!

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A New Kind Of Magician: The Photoshop Illusionist

1165 A New Kind Of Magician: The Photoshop Illusionist
Martín De Pasquale, an artist and photoshop genius from Buenos Aires, creates visual conundrums like no other. By using a sequence of photographs and layering them together with added photoshop elements, this clever artist uses the photo-editing tool to its extreme.

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Transformers Mania

1163 Transformers Mania

Workers work on “Transformers” replicas on the outskirts of Shanghai, June 18, 2014. Li Lei, owner of a small factory, uses his spare time and money to build “Transformers” replicas for rent or sale. The new Transformers movie, which is premiering later this month, has brought the factory many new orders, according to Li. (Photos: AP/Reuters/Aly Song)

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Photo of the Day: There’s No Business Like Show Business

1160 Photo of the Day: Theres No Business Like Show Business

A giant statue of Marilyn Monroe is seen at the dump-site of a rubbish collecting company in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The eight-metre tall stainless steel statue, which weighs about eight tonnes, was dumped after being displayed outside a business centre in the city for only six months. (Reuters)

Mistaken: Tattoo Project

1158 Mistaken: Tattoo Project

Mistaken’ is a photography project that revolves around people with tattoos and how each element of art on skin carries a form of character with the person. The project aims to debunk society’s point of view on tattoos of being associated with people involved in illegal dealings.

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Couple Celebrate Pending Nuptials by Recreating Famous Scenes from ‘The Notebook’

1156 Couple Celebrate Pending Nuptials by Recreating Famous Scenes from The Notebook
Cindy Gauthier, 31, and Jean-Nicola Barile, 33, a couple from Quebec, left, recreate the famous ‘kissing in the rain after 7 years apart’ scene from the film The Notebook, right, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. In photos by Blushing Bride Studio. Enjoy!

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Beautiful Scenery of Hulun Buir Grassland

1155 Beautiful Scenery of Hulun Buir Grassland
The livestock graze on the grassland of Hulun Buir, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, June 16, 2014. Grass has been flourishing in Hunlun Buir due to sufficient rainfall and warm weather since June. (Photo: Xinhua)

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Shocking Lightning Photos in Fujian

1154 Shocking Lightning Photos in Fujian
A man kicks football as if he is performing under a blitz of lightning at Heshang county, Changle, East China’s Fujian province. The villagers have recently been using “lightning experiment” developed by some locals. Some may mistake the pictures for computer synthesizing, but actually they are not. The players, wearing specially made clothes, perform the stunt by standing on high voltage wires. Their clothes and boots can help absorb the electricity.

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Alpacas Attract Beijingers to World Cup

1152 Alpacas Attract Beijingers to World Cup
Two alpacas, a kind of animal little known and mysterious to many Chinese, appeared in Sanlitun, Beijing, on Tuesday for a World Cup-related business promotion. Their cute look attracted large crowds. Brazil, where the 2014 Cup is hosted, is also an important habitat for alpacas. The alpacas will stay in the city while the World Cup games are being played. They are said to cost the organizers 7,000 yuan ($1,120) per day in upkeep. (Photos: CFP)

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Prison Inmate Dances to Freedom

1151 Prison Inmate Dances to Freedom
Le Xin dances at Chongqing Women’s Prison in this undated photo.

With a well-proportioned figure and soft movements, 34 year-old Le Xin (not her real name) was holding the last classic pose in a Dai ethnic dance, seemingly ignoring the lasting applause and cries of “encore”.

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World Cup 2014 Fans’ Emotional Roller Coaster: The Agony and the Ecstasy

1149 World Cup 2014 Fans Emotional Roller Coaster: The Agony and the Ecstasy
An England fan at a bar in London celebrates as Daniel Sturridge scores against Italy. (Reuters)

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Homeless Fonts: Typefaces Based on Handwriting of People Living on the Streets of Barcelona

A Spanish NGO and an advertising agency have teamed up to create typefaces based on the handwriting of homeless people. The handwritten carboard signs that help desperate people to beg on the street may be the very thing that helps them leave it.

Samples of handwriting are photographed and cleaned up in a studio and then transformed into commercially available fonts. Individuals and companies can buy the different fonts through Homelessfonts.org. The proceeds will be used to finance the work of the Arrels foundation for homeless people in Barcelona.

1148 Homeless Fonts: Typefaces Based on Handwriting of People Living on the Streets of Barcelona
Francisco holds a cardboard sign reading: ‘We all need a little help sometimes.(‘homelessfonts / Arrels)

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Cute “Little Monk” in SE China Goes Viral Online

1147 Cute Little Monk in SE China Goes Viral Online
A photo posted on May 25, 2014 shows a little boy dressed as a monk standing in a temple in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China’s Fujian province. A group of photos depicting the cute “little monk” got nearly 10,000 reposts over one night.

It is known that the “little monk”, whose English name is “Monday”, is only one year and two months old. According to Monday’s father, the monk outfit was bought on Taobao, China’s leading e-commerce platform.

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Couple Holds Harry Potter-themed Wedding in Los Angeles

The perfect white wedding is a dream for millions of women but for Meredith Fahey having her vows read by Severus Snape from Harry Potter was a must.

Meredith, 30 and husband Josh, 29, wanted their magical day to be based on her literary hero Harry Potter at a spellbinding ceremony in their native Los Angeles. The couple and around 100 guests descended on Lawrys Prime Rib in Beverley Hills to find the interior had been transformed into Hogwarts, the young wizards’ school.

1146 Couple Holds Harry Potter themed Wedding in Los Angeles
In an undated photo, 30-year-old Meredith Fahey (L) and her 29-year-old husband Joshua Votaw hold magic wands in their Harry Potter-themed wedding in Los Angeles. The bride and groom are big fans of Harry Potter series films, so they held a magical wedding to show their love for the films.

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Fifa World Cup 2014: Brazilian Batman Crusades for Justice in Rio Protests

A familiar shadowy figure has been sighted at Rio de Janeiro’s many anti-World Cup protests – Batman. The Dark Knight has been making regular appearances at demonstrations since mass protests broke out around the time the city hosted the Confederations Cup in 2013.

1144 Fifa World Cup 2014: Brazilian Batman Crusades for Justice in Rio Protests
Batman joins a protest near the former site of the Indian Museum outside Maracana stadium on 17 December 2013, as firefighters attempt to remove an indigenous man who spent more than 26 hours in a tree to protest against the demolition of the site ahead of the World Cup. (Reuters)

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