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International Car Free Day

1261 International Car Free Day

Latvian cyclists have decided to show the automobilists just how absurd it is to have only a single occupant in a car.

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Beijing Marathoners Don’t Face Masks to Battle Smog

“An international marathon has gone ahead in China’s capital despite heavy pollution over the city. The 34th Beijing International Marathon began Sunday morning at Tiananmen Square with many of the tens of thousands of competitors wearing face masks. An update Saturday night on the marathon’s official microblog said “there might be slight or moderate smog” on Sunday. It asked competitors to pay attention to the conditions and to take measures according to their own health, and advised elderly athletes and those with respiratory diseases to carefully consider whether to participate. The Beijing News reported that postponing the marathon would be difficult because of the huge organization that had gone into it. About 30,000 people were expected to take part in the marathon and the half-marathon, according to the Beijing News”. – The Associated Press

1260 Beijing Marathoners Dont Face Masks to Battle Smog
A runner, wearing a mask to protect herself from pollutants, looks at her smartphone as she and others jog past Chang’an Avenue near Tiananmen Square shrouded in haze at the start of 2014 Beijing International Marathon in Beijing, China Sunday, October 19, 2014. (Photo by Andy Wong/AP Photo)

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Shot Face: Pictures of People Doing Shots

1256 Shot Face: Pictures of People Doing Shots

Most of us at some point in our lives have drunk a shot or two, be it at a friends birthday, an office party or perhaps it’s your regular Friday night?! Whatever the case we’ve all done it and it’s a pretty acceptable social convention.

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An Ordinary Day In An Extraordinary Place – Aiguille Du Midi (3842m)

1209 An Ordinary Day In An Extraordinary Place – Aiguille Du Midi (3842m)

Jakub Polomski is a photographer and traveler. In July 2014, he visited Chamonix in France. Anyone, who will ever get a chance to be there, should get to the summit of Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m / 12,605 ft) .

You can easily get there by cable car. It was built in 1955 and for about two decades was claimed to be the highest cable car in the world. Aiguille du Midi is one of the best tourist attractions in French Alps. It is also a start point for mountain climbers who desire to climb Mont Blanc.

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Northern Lehigh County Scenes Fall, Pennsylvania, US

1208 Northern Lehigh County Scenes Fall, Pennsylvania, US
This is the scene along Kistler Road in Heidelberg Township on a fall day. Fall scenes from the northern Lehigh County area on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. (Donna Fisher/The Morning Call)

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October 11-18: The Week in Protests

1207 October 11 18: The Week in Protests
Police officers gather near a pro-democracy protest in the central district of Hong Kong on Monday. (Alex Ogle/AFP)

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October 11-18: The Week in Arts, Fashion and Festivals, Part 2

308 October 11 18: The Week in Arts, Fashion and Festivals, Part 2
Two cosplayer pose at the “Frankfurter Buchmesse” on October 12, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Cosplay is a contraction of the words “costume” and “play” together. Cosplayer live their hobby with animated films, comics and mangas and role playing. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

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October 11-18: The Week in Arts, Fashion and Festivals, Part 1

1205 October 11 18: The Week in Arts, Fashion and Festivals, Part 1
Models walk the runway at the New Gen II show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Istanbul SS15 at Antrepo 3 on October 16, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for IMG)

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Balancing on the Highline

1204 Balancing on the Highline
Guillaume Roland, a professional mountaineer, balances on the “highline” during the European Highline Meeting on the top of the Moleson mountain at 2,000 meters above the sea level, in the Swiss Alps, near Fribourg, Switzerland, October 17, 2014. (Photo by Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA)

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The Alien Samurai

1203 The Alien Samurai
Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, strengthens the bracing of a spider sculpture, made by Kulagin, during a demonstration on the wall of an automobile repair workshop in the town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, October 15, 2014. Enthusiast Kulagin, who works as a mechanic of an automobile service station, created about 20 sculptures made of used car parts and components during his non-working hours. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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Photo of the Day: Batman and Kids

1202 Photo of the Day: Batman and Kids
Batman visits patients to celebrate Halloween and Spirit of Children week at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Spirit Halloween/AP Images)

Gigantism in Contemporary Art

1200 Gigantism in Contemporary Art
People walk past a giant high heeled shoe in Wellington, New Zealand April 6, 2014. (Photo by Phil Noble/Reuters)

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Cemetery Overcrowding Around the World

“Cemetery overcrowding is an issue that resonates around the world, particularly in its most cramped cities and among religions that forbid or discourage cremation. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. One space-saving option is to put graves on top of each other, separated by a concrete divider, and have a shared headstone. This is common among couples and even whole families. A second option is stacking the dead above ground into niches built into walls, a bit like in a morgue, but adorned with headstones. A third, revolutionary option is to be buried in a building where each floor resembles a traditional cemetery. Cemetery towers have been proposed for Paris and Mumbai. In Mexico City, there is another big project in the works: the Tower for the Dead, which will combine a vertical necropolis and an 820-foot-deep (250-meter-deep) subterranean complex. Currently in Mexico City, families are forced to exhume and remove their relatives’ remains after a period of years. Unclaimed remains may be reburied as unmarked loose bones beneath the fresh grave, or piled with others on exposed altars”. – The Associated Press

1198 Cemetery Overcrowding Around the World
In this September 17, 2014 photo, relatives watch as the body of a mother and sister is exhumed to free up space for a new burial, at a nearly-full San Isidro cemetery in northern Mexico City. The woman’s body was to be reburied in her husband’s grave in a different area. With cemeteries rapidly reaching capacity in one of the world’s biggest cities, families are forced to exhume and remove their relative’s remains after a period of several years. Remains unclaimed by relatives may be reburied as unmarked loose bones beneath the fresh grave, or piled with others on exposed altars. (Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo)

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Donut Doubles by Brandon Voges

1197 Donut Doubles by Brandon Voges

Ever wonder what a human head would look like if he or she was turned into a pastry? Well now you can, thanks to the works created by the photographer Brandon Voges. Some of the pictures are light and funny, while others are pretty gruesome and outright disgusting. For example, the comparison of an old lady with some chunky, orange-colored pastry coated with what looks like syrup, really makes you lose your appetite. It is a wonder how they decided to use such an unappealing picture to promote an annual food show of the National Restaurant Association.

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Living On a Dollar a Day

“One in six people in the world live at or below the poverty threshold of one dollar a day. At a time of great social and economic disruption in the world, people on the brink of survival can be easily pushed over the edge, or just as easily pulled back to safety. The people who generously shared their stories in Living On A Dollar A Day inspire us to change lives for the better. “Living On A Dollar A Day”, (Text by Thomas A. Nazario, Photographs by Renée C. Byer and Foreword by the 14th Dalai Lama), is a passionate call to action, presenting 348 pages filled with over 200 color photographs, profiles, explanatory charts and graphics that deliver an unprecedented and thought-provoking examination of global poverty, and how it impacts the poor and the rest of the world community”. – The Quantuck Lane Press

1195 Living On a Dollar a Day
In an e-waste dump that kills nearly everything that it touches, Fati, 8, works with other children searching through hazardous waste in hopes of finding whatever she can to exchange for pennies in order to survive. While balancing a bucket on her head with the little metal she has found, tears stream down her face as the result of the pain that comes with the malaria she contracted some years ago. This is work she must do to survive. (Photo by Renée C. Byer/Living on a Dollar a Day)

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