Holi Festival in Madrid

1133 Holi Festival in Madrid

Revelers of the Holi Festival of Colors dance after throwing colored powders in the air in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, August 9, 2014. The festival is fashioned after the Hindu spring festival Holi, which is mainly celebrated in the north and east areas of India. (Photos by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Andres Kudacki/AP Photo)

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Being Elmo on Times Square

160 Being Elmo on Times Square
Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, carries the head of the Sesame Street character Elmo while he walks through Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. Elmo and Cookie Monster have long delighted young viewers on TV’s “Sesame Street”, but the recent antics of New York street performers dressed as the beloved characters have drawn the ire of city officials and now the show’s producers. Sesame Workshop, which owns the rights to Big Bird, Ernie and the assorted puppet monsters on the 45-year-old program, said on July 29, 2014 it was drafting plans to stop performers who dress up as the characters from appearing in Times Square, where they pose for photos with tourists and then demand tips. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

157 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
The largest performing arts festival in the world has been running for the past three weeks and has enjoyed an increase in venues and visitors compared with previous years. (Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Little Giant Girl Marches through Liverpool

1301 Little Giant Girl Marches through Liverpool
Puppeteers operate the The Little Giant Girl, one of the giant Royal De Luxe street puppets taking part in Liverpool’s World War I centenary commemorations as she walks through the streets of Liverpool on July 25, 2014 in Liverpool, England. French street theatre company Royal de Luxe are putting on a show throughout the city as part of Liverpool’s World War I centenary commemorations from July 23-27. The giant puppet grandmother has slept in the hall for two days as part of “Memories of August 1914”. As the giants tour the city the Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo will meet up with the giant Grandmother telling the story of life leading up to World War One. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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The Mystery of the White Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge

1206 The Mystery of the White Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge

Two bleached-white American flags mysteriously appeared atop the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning. It is unknown whether this stunt was an art project, a political statement or just tomfoolery. Investigators are trying to determine how two bleached-white American flags mysteriously appeared atop the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning—and whether the stunt was an art project, a political statement or just tomfoolery. (Photo: AP)

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The Alligator Wrestler

These amazing pictures show a five-year-old boy who is already extremely comfortable around alligators. Blaise’s dad T-Mike runs the Kliebert Gator Farm, the biggest and oldest in the world and which was started by his grandfather Harvey in 1957. The monsters of the Mississippi grow up to 18 feet – and some were even hatched by a young Harvey the year the farm was opened. T-Mike hopes that his young son will take over the family business when he grows up. The family make a living by opening their farm to the public, with the star attractions being a young Blaise wrestling the gators and sitting on a 15ft-long beast.

1194 The Alligator Wrestler
T-Mike Kliebert and his son Blaise tackle Chinaman a 12 foot alligator in Hammond, Louisiana. (Photo by Barcroft Media)

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Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea

1173 Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea
Festival goers wrestle in the mud during the annual Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach on July 18, 2014 in Boryeong, South Korea. The mud, which is believed to have beneficial effects on the skin due to its mineral content, is sourced from mud flats near Boryeong and transported to the beach by truck. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

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Chinese Workers Prepare Australian Sheep’s Wool for Fashion Industry

1171 Chinese Workers Prepare Australian Sheeps Wool for Fashion Industry
Chinese workers prepare sheep’s wool before it is processed and bleached at a factory on July 12, 2014 near Zhangzhou, China. The facility prepares wool to be used in the manufacturing of footwear and clothing for export to Western markets and for consumption within China. (Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images AsiaPac)

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Redhead Day – Dutch Summer Fest

1160 Redhead Day   Dutch Summer Fest

Redhead Day (Roodharigendag in Dutch) is the name of a Dutch summer festival that takes place each first weekend of September in the city of Breda, in the Netherlands. The two-day festival is a gathering of people with natural red hair, but is also focused on art related to the colour red. Activities during the festival are lectures, workshops and demonstrations which are aimed specifically at red-haired people. The festival attracts attendance from 50 countries and is free due to sponsorship of the local government.

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Washington Welcomes Marijuana

179 Washington Welcomes Marijuana
Julian Rodriguez, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

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Running of the Bulls in Pamplona

166 Running of the Bulls in Pamplona
Revelers celebrate during the launch of the “Chupinazo” rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2014 San Fermin fiestas, in Pamplona, Spain, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)

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IKEA’s Sleepy Customers

155 IKEAs Sleepy Customers
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Of the world’s 10 biggest Ikea stores, eight of them are in China to cater to the country’s growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays, given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. The shops do not discourage shoppers from sleeping on the furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out.

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Zombies Take Over Coney Island

146 Zombies Take Over Coney Island
Molly Schuyler, dressed as a zombie, smiles after winning the brain eating contest during the “Zombie Takeover of Coney Island” in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York, July 2, 2014. Schuyler ate 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) of pig brains to set a new record according to organizers. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Glastonbury Festival Clean-up Begins

13 Glastonbury Festival Clean up Begins
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For the past five days it has been home to some 175,000 people, but today the clean-up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2014 begins.

Highlights of the musical extravaganza have included Dolly Parton, Metallica and Arcade Fire, while Kasabian headlined the Pyramid Stage last night. Campers now have until 6pm to leave the site at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, while crew and stall holders are given a week to clear their property. Meanwhile, hours before they began to leave, organiser Michael Eavis revealed that the 44-year-old event could have a lifespan of just six more years.

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700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn

1300 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn
A re-enactor plays the part of an English mercenary soldier during the rehearsal for the Battle of Bannockburn Live event on June 27, 2014 in Stirling, Scotland. The 700th anniversary of the historic battle that saw outnumbered Scots army conquer the English led by Edward II in the First War of Scottish Independence. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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