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California Pumpkin Contest Winners

1183 California Pumpkin Contest Winners
John Hawkley and his wife Patty Hawkley stand next to their 2,058 pound pumpkin and celebrate after winning the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 13, 2014 in Half Moon Bay, California. John Hawkley of Napa, California won the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off and broke a state record with his gigantic pumpkin weighing in at 2,085 pounds. Hawkley took home a cash prize of $12,510, or $6.00 a pound. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Frieze Art Fair

1181 Frieze Art Fair
A child climbs out of part of an installation by artist Carsten Holler entitled “Gartenkinder” during the VIP and press day at the Frieze Art Fesival on October 14, 2014 in London, England. Due to run from October 15-18, it is one of the largest art fairs in the world with visitor numbers in excess of 60,000. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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World’s Most Expensive Burger

1180 Worlds Most Expensive Burger

A restaurant in Chelsea is giving customers the ultimate post-pub treat – by selling a burger for £1,100. The world’s most expensive burger, dubbed the “Glamburger”, is stuffed with a burger patty made from 220 grams of Kobe Wagyu beef minced with 60 grams of New Zealand venison and seasoned with smoked Himalayan salt.

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A NASA Engineer Builds A Better Halloween Costume

Two years ago, Mark Rober was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, part of a team that worked on the Curiosity rover. For Halloween, he strapped an iPad to his chest and another to his back. Then he turned them on and used the devices’ cameras and screens to make it appear as if he had a gaping hole in the middle of his torso.

In 2012, Rober and a few friends launched Digital Dudz in their spare time, creating a free smartphone app and selling $29 T-shirts to people who liked Rober’s original idea but didn’t want to shell out for two iPads.

Customers got instructions on duct-taping their mobile devices to the inside of their Digital Dudz shirts and cutting holes to reveal video of a beating human heart. It might not seem like the kind of product that took a rocket scientist to build.

Beauty and the Beast

1178 Beauty and the Beast
A man has photographed a stunning set of images of beauty and the beast – as his wife poses in front of epic storms. Nicolaus Wegner, 34, snaps other half Daow, 32, dangerously close to tornadoes and lightning storms. But the results are spectacular – as she stands fearlessly looking towards Mother Natures most extreme creations. The couple use forecast tools to predict where storms will show before chasing them down and waiting for them to materialise. Most of their shots are taken across Wyoming, but sometimes they travel to neighboring states like Montana and Nebraska. The pair, who live in Casper, Wyoming, admit there is an element of danger in their work. Here: Monster vs. Daow. (Photo by Nicolaus Wegner/Caters News)

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Volcano Eruption in Indonesia

1175 Volcano Eruption in Indonesia
In this photo made with a slow shutter speed, Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as seen from Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Mount Sinabung, among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has sporadically erupted since 2010 after being dormant for 400 years. (Photo by Binsar Bakkara/AP Photo)

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Women with Weapons

1173 Women with Weapons
A policeman demonstrates how to hold a rifle during a weapons training course conducted for girls at the firing range of the police headquarters in Ahmedabad August 12, 2014. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

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The New London Hot Spots? Cafés That Used to Be Public Toilets

A trip to the toilet is usually not associated with sandwiches, wine, or dates, but that’s changing in London. With real estate at a premium and the repurposing of old spaces in full effect, a trend has emerged: former public restrooms are reopening as cafés, restaurants, and boutiques. That’s right, forget the advice about not eating where people used to, um …

London has all kinds of history, and that extends to its loos. Take, for instance, WC – that’s the actual name of the former Victorian-era underground-station toilet in South London that opened in July. It now stands for wine and charcuterie.

WC, a wine bar that opened in July, is housed inside an abandoned underground toilet, with original walls intact. Much of the old décor remains, with the original floor mosaics and wall tiles, and even some of the old toilets in the restrooms (those are for display only). As Time Out London said in its review, “Down the wide stairs it still looks and feels like a Victorian convenience, albeit a sanitised one.”

WC co-founder Jayke Mangion, told AFP that “the government has been pushing the councils to use all empty places to generate revenues.”

1171 The New London Hot Spots? Cafés That Used to Be Public Toilets
Photo: AFP

If you want an even bolder toilet theme, just head to The Attendant in central London, where you can sit on a stool and have a salt- beef bagel while actually facing an original 1890s urinal. The toilet cisterns have been turned into flower pots.

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The Most Luxurious On-Board Airline Bars in the Sky Revealed

There’s nothing like sipping a glass of bubbly on board a flight to an exotic destination.

However, while most economy passengers will enjoy a drink cramped in their seats, for those who turned left as they boarded, it’s another story altogether. Many of the world’s top airline’s offer on-board bars, where, for a seat at a price, passengers can sit on comfy chairs at the bar or lazy on luxury sofas while having their favourite tipple delivered.

1170 The Most Luxurious On Board Airline Bars in the Sky Revealed
Fancy a drink? These airlines are offering some of the best bar service in the skies. Pictured: The Emirates Airbus A380 in-flight bar and lounge. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Amazing Mobile Tricycle House

1169 Amazing Mobile Tricycle House

Sure, tiny houses are tiny, but they seem downright palatial compared to the Tricycle House. The project, part of the Get it Louder Exhibition in Beijing, is collaboration between People’s Architecture Office (PAO) and the People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO).

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Kneeling, Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS

1167 Kneeling, Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS

A big solo exhibition (open:29 August – 26 October, 2014) of WE MAKE CARPETS with which they celebrate their five year anniversary at MU Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The book: Kneeling – Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS will be launched 24 October 2014, during the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 6

1165 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 6
“Jump!” A teenager jumping into the red sea from a pier in Aqaba. Photo location: Jordan. (Photo and caption by Ulrich Lambert/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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Netherworld Monsters Take a Staycation at W Atlanta Hotel

1163 Netherworld Monsters Take a Staycation at W Atlanta Hotel
Hagatha the Witch from Netherworld Haunted House with hotel guest Lonnie Austin, from England, at a gym at W Atlanta Downtown hotel on Thursday, October 7, 2014. A self-guided, dark attraction known for its over-the-top special effects, intense make-up, costuming and stunt actors as well as unique monsters, unusual themes and chilling detail, Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta is taking over the Halloween holiday this season for its 18th season. (Photo by Hyosub Shin/AJC)

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The Surrealist Cube House as Mountain Retreat

1162 The Surrealist Cube House as Mountain Retreat

Responding to an international competition to design a lodge to be situated in Slovakia’s High Tatra Mountains, Czech architectural firm Atelier 8000 has designed the disorienting geometric construction that you see above.

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North American Wife Carrying Championship

1160 North American Wife Carrying Championship
Eventual winners Jesse Wall carries Christina Arsenault through the water pit while competing in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine October 11, 2014. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

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