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Camping Festival in China

1272 Camping Festival in China

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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2013 San Diego Comic Con Zombie Walk

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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

1147 Flower Festival in Colombia

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

1146 Nine Year Old Wingwalkers

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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Meet the Singaporean Barbie Collector Who has Amassed More than 9,000 Dolls

1134 Meet the Singaporean Barbie Collector Who has Amassed More than 9,000 Dolls

Jian Yang, 33, boasts a remarkable toy collection that includes more than 6,000 Barbie dolls and 3,000 other dolls in his tidy rowhouse. ‘When you meet me outside of this, I’m not that kind of guy. I’m not what you expect from a guy that collects dolls,’ he says. (Reuters)

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Street Pole Dances in Poland

Pole dancers in central Poland have been honing their skills out in the streets, throwing their legs around signposts to the surprise and delight of many a passer-by. The aim was to dispel the myth about pole dancing, a discipline often associated with strippers and nightclubs.

“The reactions of the people in the streets were very good, so we thought that this is a way to popularise the sport”, explained 27-year-old instructor Natalia Stanislawska. “Coming out in the street and practicing pole dancing poles on road signs, we want to break these stereotypes. The Pole dance is a real sport and even an art that combines acrobatics, gymnastics, and fitness. It takes a lot of strength and flexibility”.

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Members of the “Avocadoo” club perform a pole dance on a street sign pole in Lodz, central Poland on June 27, 2013. Talk about a traffic stopper: three pole dancers in central Poland have been honing their skills out in the streets, throwing their legs around signposts to the surprise and delight of many a passerby. (Photos by Janek Skarzynski/AFP Photo)

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The Colour Run in Sydney

186 The Colour Run in Sydney

A woman dances after finishing the Colour Run at Centennial Park in Sydney August 25, 2013. According to organizers, 15,000 runners registered to complete the 5km (3 miles) course in Centennial Park on Sunday, being covered in blue, pink, orange and yellow powder on their way to finish line. (Photos by Daniel Munoz/Reuters)

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Festival for the Dead

The Quarup or Kuarup is the principal funeral ritual of the Indians of the Xingu. It is a gathering of all neighbouring tribes to celebrate life, death, and rebirth. One of its central events is the presentation of all young girls who have experienced menarche since the last quarup and whose time has come to choose a partner, they tint their bodies and wear many ornaments and dance. It is a festival for the dead

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A Waura Indian man paints his face to participate in this year’s “quarup”, a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 24, 2013. This year the Waura tribe honoured their late cacique (chief), Atamai, who died in 2012, for his work creating the Xingu Park and his important contribution in facilitating communication between white Brazilians and Indians. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

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