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La Candelaria in Spain: Penitents Dress like Members of Ku Klux Klan… for the Past 500 Years

The Spanish celebration of La Candelaria kicks off as penitents remember the anniversary of the day when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth. The feast kicks off every year during holy week and is part of the East tradition in Spain. Towns and cities across host large processions as penitents are seen in their hooded clothes. Religious statutes are carried through the streets on the shoulders of participates as people make their way, celebrating Easter.

Many in the United States might be concerned that hooded attire represents the sinister group known as the Ku Klux Klan. However, this tradition has taken place in Spain for approximately 500 years.

Penitents of “La Candelaria” brotherhood walk to their church during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 3, 2012. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. (Reuters / Marcelo del Pozo) Continue »

Titanic Artifacts To Go To Highest Bidder At 100-Year Anniversary Auction: Who Will Buy $189 Million Collection?

The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to the United States, killing over 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers on board. As the 100-year anniversary draws near, interest in the ship is peaking.

The bidding for the largest ever sale of Titanic artifacts closed on Monday and the winner is set to be announced at a press conference on April 11. The auction contains more than 5,500 items recovered between 1987 and 2004 from the final resting place of the Titanic, over 12,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean.

A pocket watch recovered from the RMS Titanic is on display during the Titanic Auction preview by Guernsey’s Auction House. (Reuters) Continue »

Miami Marlins New Uniforms, Stadium: MLB Opening Day 2012

The Miami Marlins‘ 2012 season opening night game against the St. Louis Cardinals takes place on Wednesday, and the Marlins are ready to play in their brand-new stadium — while wearing their new uniforms.

Team members first showed off their new threads at a press conference in November. The new uniforms — with their colorful logos — are a drastic change from the old teal and silver pattern color scheme.

Team members of the Miami Marlins showed off their new uniforms back in November. (Reuters / Andrew Innerarity) Continue »

Seahawks Uniforms: Twitter Responds To Teams Uniform Makeover

The Seahawks haven’t made any significant changes to their uniforms since 2002, but that all changed yesterday when the team unveiled their new uniforms. While fan reactions on Twitter from been iffy over the new changes, Walter Thurmond, third-year cornerback from the University of Oregon has not only checked out the new Seahawks uniform, but gave it a feel.

According to the Seahawks website, Thurmond wore the new uniforms for a sneak preview and gave it “two raised gloves, and two extended palms, up.” Being dubbed by Thurmond as “new age,” the cornerback explains that “it’s transitioning from where we are as an organization and where the league is going.”

All new Billabong x Tom Veiga Collection

The Artist and Brazilian designer Tom Veiga is the creator of the Waves Series illustrations. The bold yet simplistic cubist illustrations are inspired by the shapes, sensations and feelings that waves, sun and surfing evoke.

His work is characterized by many colors, moving in a few strokes, he always tries to explore each wave in details and to reflect the wave with a design vision. Tom also uses his art as a form of environment awareness. He is a member of Save The Waves, a foundation that aims to preserve the oceans and beaches, of the Ocean Artists Society and of Surfrider Foundation. Continue »

XCVB / Collection of Spring 2012

UK clothing brand XCVB released their new collection of Spring 2012. Take a look. Continue »

Photo of the Day: Pitbulls in Steel Drum Cages

More than 200 pitbulls and other breeds are chained in their respective steel drum cages at a coffee farm lot in San Pablo city, Philippines following their rescue from South Korean nationals. Dozens of pitbulls rescued from the dogfighting ring will be put down starting Tuesday by the activists, who said there are no facilities to rehabilitate them and prevent them from again being used in underground arenas. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Monstrous 48-Foot Snake Related to Boa Constrictors Brought Back to Life

This 2,500-pound, 48-foot-long prehistoric snake was found near fossilized plants, giant turtles and crocodiles dating back to the Paleocene epoch, more than 60 million years ago when the world’s first known rainforest existed, and dinosaurs no longer ruled the Earth. Displayed at a new exhibition at the Natural History Museum, the massive 48-foot predator could swallow a whole crocodile without showing a bulge. Featuring a full-scale model of Titanoboa and clips from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, the exhibition delves into the discovery, reconstruction, and implications of this enormous reptile. (Smithsonian Institute) Continue »

“Bloodline Series”

A man walks past a painting titled “Bloodline Series” by Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang at the Seoul Auction in Hong Kong. Auctioneers have sold 10 paintings seized from a South Korean bank that collapsed last year amid a corruption scandal to raise $2.4 million to help repay depositors. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

Google Art Project Launched at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

Curator Debby Hershman holds a 9,000 year old Neolithic stone mask, same as the one displayed on a screen during the launch of Google Art project at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Israel’s national museum announced it is joining the Google Art project, which provides online tours of museums around the world.(Oded Balilty/Associated Press)

Photo of the Day: Bath Treatments

Hindu devotees bathe in the River Ganges on the outskirts of Allahabad, India. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.


People walk past the back of British artist Damien Hirst’s 1999-2005 piece “Hymn,” a painted bronze, as St. Paul’s Cathedral can be seen on the other side of the River Thames during a media preview of the first substantial show of his work in the UK at the Tate Modern gallery in London. The exhibition showcases over 70 of Hirst’s works since he first came to public attention in 1988. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

Thermosaurus Radiator

Thermosaurus is a heat exchanger with a Tyrannosaurus as a backbone. The item is highly efficient and energy-savvy, thanks to its complex structure that includes a skull, spine, ribs, legs, and tail bones. Continue »

China Fashion Week in Beijing

Models present creations by university graduates at China Fashion Week in Beijing. (Vincent Thian/Associated Press) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Deadmau5

Deadmau5 performs at the Juno Awards in Ottawa, Ontario. (Arthur Mola/Asociated Press) Click image to zoom.