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Animal Activists Hold Memorial for Dead Animals in Melbourne

0 Animal Activists Hold Memorial for Dead Animals in Melbourne

Children have been reduced to tears by a confronting protest featuring 200 animal carcasses in Federation Square. Animal Liberation Victoria’s “memorial” aimed to raise awareness of the billions of animals killed each year for human consumption. Dead dogs, cats, pigs and birds were among the animals held by activists wearing protective clothing. While some people stayed to watch the hour-long ceremony, many walked past in shock and disgust.

A tombstone at the front of the demonstration, dedicated to the “memory of the Unknown Animal”, said 64 billion land animals and one trillion sea animals were killed by humans every year. Brochures handed out by activists encouraged people to realise that “animals are not ours” and that a vegan lifestyle was more ethical and caused less suffering. Photos: Animal Liberation Victoria activists hold dead animals at Federation Square on October 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Over 200 activists gathered with the bodies of deceased animals to publicly grieve their deaths. Animal Liberation Victoria is against the treatment of animals as “property” an promotes a vegan lifestyle. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

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The “Lost” Steve Jobs Time Capsule

1290 The “Lost” Steve Jobs Time Capsule

In 1983, Steve Jobs and his team who were attending a conference in Aspen, decided to bury a capsule that could be opened by future generations or roughly twenty years later. However, they forgot where the capsule was buried and therefore could not follow through with this plan. Recently, National Geographic’s TV Show, “Diggers” inadvertently discovered the capsule.

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Greenpeace Action Against Gazprom’s Arctic Drilling

Five Greenpeace International activists attempt to climb the ‘Prirazlomnaya’, an oil platform operated by Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom in Russia’s Pechora Sea; to stop it from becoming the first to produce oil from the ice-filled waters of the Arctic.

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The Greenpeace International ship, Arctic Sunrise approaches the ‘Prirazlomnaya’ oil rig. (Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace)

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Grand Theft Auto V Draws Fans to Midnight Launches

1273 Grand Theft Auto V Draws Fans to Midnight Launches
Zohair Ali from London is first in the queue to pick up a copy of Grand Theft Auto V at the flagship GAME store in Westfield Stratford City in London, which opened at midnight so fans could get a copy the moment the game was released. (Picture: PA)

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Camping Festival in China

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Over 15,000 people from around the world transform a hillside near Mount Wugongshan in China’s Jiangxi province into a kaleidoscope of coloured tents for the 2013 International Camping Festival. Jiangxi Province, located in the eastern part of the country, is considered by many to be home to China’s most beautiful countryside due to its natural ecology, as well as its long history and tradition. Photos: REUTERS/Stringer.

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France Turns into a Zombie Nation

1258 France Turns into a Zombie Nation

Halloween arrived early in a French city today as zombies took over streets for an annual zombie walk. Fully grown adults lapped on fake blood and talcum powder before marching through the city of Strasbourg in Eastern France for the fourth zombie walk in the city. The march signals the opening of the European Fantastic Film Festival, which presents horror, fantasy, science fiction, thriller and animation movies, until September 22. Photos: AFP.

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Bum-shaped Mooncakes Crack Traditions at Chinese Festival

A ‘cheeky’ company in Hong Kong has created buttocks-shaped mooncakes.

Lifestyle goods store Goods of Desire (GOD) created the non-traditional mooncakes for the annual Mid-Autumn Festival in China and Singapore. The derrière-inspired cakes take on a slightly different interpretation of the word ‘moon’, and the company describes the product as a ‘resemblance of a person’s butt to a full moon’. The mooncakes come in several designs – Bunny (with fishnets and a fluffy tail), Cover-Up (with hands placed over the bum), Full Monty (bare bum) and Mind The Gap resembling a builder’s bum.

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The T-back (left) and Cover-up buttock-shaped mooncakes sold by Hong Kong lifestyle label Goods of Desire (Picture: Reuters)

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40-foot-long Sushi

1241 40 foot long Sushi

Volunteers cooperate to create a 393-foot-long sushi roll during a summer festival in Tokyo, Japan, on August 27, 2013. Photo credit: Yoshikazu Tsunoyo / AFP / GETTY Images.

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The Aftermath of a Music Festival

1240 The Aftermath of a Music Festival

The morning after the night the Reading Festival concluded, and the festival goers disseminated, photographer David White took off in a helicopter to capture the scene of the campsite. The 90,000 strong crowd that collected at the venue to enjoy the 3-day music festival had left behind a chaos of abandoned tents, beer cans, cigarette butts, half-eaten food, discarded packaging, grubby clothes, sleeping bags and a sea of plastic.

It may look like the aftermath of an apocalyptic event – a campsite tornado, or perhaps the first stages of a landfill site – but this is the scene as the crowds dispersed at Reading festival.

A “Love Your Tent” campaign that the organizers launched imploring people to pack up and remove their camping gear clearly didn’t work.

A huge clear-up operation began within hours of the annual Bank Holiday event closing on Monday. Last year more than 20 tons of re-useable equipment was salvaged, and this year the figure is expected to be even higher. Some will be offered to local charities but damaged or unplaced equipment will be destined for landfill sites. Unopened cans of food, some of which was donated at designated drop-off points around the campsite, will be recovered and distributed. Tractors towing magnets are used to collect metal tent pegs and other potentially dangerous metal objects, and volunteers will work with specialized rubbish-clearance teams eventually to return the field to its original state.

The clean-up operation is expected to take 2 weeks.

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South Korean Live Food Festival

Live octopus is a delicacy in South Korea but is a known choking hazard, since the still-moving suction cups can cause tentacle pieces to stick in a person’s throat. A baby octopus is often consumed whole, while larger varieties are cut up and the still-wriggling tentacles eaten with a splash of sesame oil.

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A South Korean man and a woman eat a live octopus during an event to promote a local food festival in Seoul on September 12, 2013. (Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP Photo)

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Flower Festival in Colombia

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A flower grower, known as a silletero, carries a garland as he participates in the annual flower parade in Medellin August 11, 2013. — Photos by JOHN VIZCAINO / REUTERS, Aug. 11, 2013

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Nine-Year-Old Wingwalkers

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Nine-year-old cousins Rose Brewer and Flame Brewer wingwalk over Rendcomb airfield in Gloucestershire, to become the world’s youngest formation wingwalkers on August 21, 2013 in Cirencester, England. The two girls who flew on vintage Boeing Stearman biplanes, were inspired to do so by the plight of Eli Crossley who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His parents have set up the Duchenne Children’s Trust to raise money to research a treatment or cure in time to save Eli’s life. — Matt Cardy / Getty Images, Aug. 21, 2013

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ParaFest 2013

ParaFest 2013 is held at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center. It will run from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2013.

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Patty Myer, plays Abra Cadabra at the Hotel of Horror in Saylorsburg. She attends ParaFest 2013 held at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center. It will run from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2013. — DENISE SANCHEZ / THE MORNING CALL, Sep. 6, 2013

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SuperHero Window Cleaning

1139 SuperHero Window Cleaning

Window washers from the American National Skyline company (from left to right in the image below: Jordan Emerson, Steve Oszaniec and Danny Oszaniec) suit up as Marvel Comics superheroes to pleasantly surprise the children (who are patients) and their families inside as the dressed up crew cleans the outside of the windows at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Photo credits: Brandon Dill.

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