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Qixi – Chinese Valentine’s Day

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Women in wedding gowns participate in a brides’ race organized by a shopping mall to celebrate the upcoming Qixi Festival in Guangzhou, China, on August 12, 2013. The Qixi Festival, also known as the Double Seven Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar, is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day. The festival falls on August 13 this year. (Reuters)

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Masked Hero Hauls Bags, Babies Up and Down Tokyo Subway Stairs

In a green outfit with silver trim and matching mask, a superhero waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station, lending his strength to the elderly, passengers lugging heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers.

“Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out,” said Mr Tadahiro Kanemasu.

The slender 27-year-old has spent three months being a good Samaritan at the station on Tokyo’s western side. Like many in the city, it has neither elevators nor escalators and a long flight of dimly lit stairs.

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Tadahiro Kanemasu, known as the Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger, looks for people to help at the station in Tokyo on Friday, Aug 23, 2013. In a green outfit with silver trim and matching mask, a superhero waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station, lending his strength to the elderly, passengers lugging heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers. (REUTERS)

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A Nice Day for a Wet Wedding

130 A Nice Day for a Wet Wedding

Newly weds Cam Auge and Caylee Wasilenko share a kiss as they waterski in Bedwell Bay in North Vancouver, British Columbia, after exchanging vows on the dock at the Vancouver Waterski Club, on August 28, 2013. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

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The World’s Largest Hot Sauce Collection

129 The Worlds Largest Hot Sauce Collection

Vic Clinco owns what is thought to be the world’s largest hot sauce collection. His amazing 6,000 bottles collection from around the world includes a rare bottle of “Blair’s 16 Million Reserve”, the hottest sauce on the planet. The condiments line shelves, from floor to ceiling, in the dining room of his home in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as being crammed into cupboards and the fridge.

He has been collecting the jars for the past 17 years and is widely thought to hold the world record for a private collection. Mr Clinco, who works as a staff cook at the Four Seasons hotel, said his most expensive bottle is worth about $900 – a one of a kind – and the most he has ever paid for a bottle is $400. (Photos by Barcroft Media)

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Burning Man 2013

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Sam Ray visits the “Baby Head” art piece at Burning Man in Gerlach, Nevada. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal)

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World’s Biggest Tomato Fight at Tomatina Festival 2013

11 Worlds Biggest Tomato Fight at Tomatina Festival 2013

Revellers throw tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 28, 2013 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 20,000 people threw 130 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world’s biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town. (Photos by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Under Command

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Peruvian army special force members march during a traditional military parade in Lima, commemorating the country’s 192nd independence anniversary. (AFP)

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Escape Artist Anthony Martin Faces Coffin Skydive at 14,500 Feet

Escape artist Anthony Martin has survived being handcuffed, locked inside a coffin and then tossed out of an airplane. Mr. Martin pulled off the daring escape overnight in a skydive over Serena, Illinois and told Fox News he was “pretty confident” it was the best escape artist stunt of all times.

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Escape artist Anthony Martin is dropped out of an airplane while handcuffed and locked inside a box. (AP)

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“Mini-Miss” Beauty Contest in Paris

154 “Mini Miss” Beauty Contest in Paris

The winners celebrate on stage during the “mini-miss” beauty contest in Bobigny, Paris suburb, September 22, 2012. The competition is open for girls aged 7 to 12. Photos by Benoit Tessier / Reuters.

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The International Lorraine Mondial Air Balloons Festival

140 The International Lorraine Mondial Air Balloons Festival

Hot-air balloons are pictured from a control tower while flying over Chambley-Bussieres, eastern France, on July 31, 2013, to try to set a world record with 408 balloons in the sky, as part of the yearly event “Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons”, an international air-balloon meeting. (Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP Photo)

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1,600 Panda Sculptures Highlight World Wilflife Fund 50th Anniversary

137 1,600 Panda Sculptures Highlight World Wilflife Fund 50th Anniversary

A child sits between 1,600 panda figures from papier mache in front of the main station in Berlin, Germany, Monday, August 5, 2013. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has put 1,600 panda bears in front of the train station for two days to symbolize how few of the animals are still alive in the wild. It is the start of a tour of 25 German cities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the WWF. In photos by Thomas Peter / Reuters.

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Boryeong Mud Festival

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Participants play in a mud pool during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, South Korea, Saturday, July 20, 2013. The 16th annual mud festival features mud wrestling and mud sliding. In photos by Ahn Young-joon, Jung Yeon-Je and Lee Jae-Won / AP Photo, Reuters.

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Cohiba Cigar Factory in Havana, Cuba

1288 Cohiba Cigar Factory in Havana, Cuba

Workers roll cigars at the Cohiba cigar factory “El Laguito” in Havana September 10, 2012. (Desmond Boylan/Reuters)

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Naked “Corpses” Bare the Bloody Cruelty of Bullfighting in Pamplona

1159 Naked “Corpses” Bare the Bloody Cruelty of Bullfighting in Pamplona

Anti-bullfighting demonstrators protest against the bulls runs, while standing in cardboard coffins and holding red flowers, on the Ayuntamiento Square in Pamplona northern Spain on Friday July 5, 2013. On July 6, the San Fermin festival will begin with the “txupinazo” , the opening ceremony with people participating in bull runs, music and dance, through the old street of the city. (Alvaro Barrientos/AP Photo)

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Dramatic Photos Show Reservoir Floodgates Opening in China

At first glance it may seem as though these pictures show an imminent natural disaster, with the tourist bystanders about to be engulfed in the onrushing tide. Luckily the dramatic images are the by-product of something far less deadly. Each year the Xiaolangdi Reservoir, in China’s Luoyang region, opens its floodgates to clear sediment left by the country’s second largest waterway, the Yellow River. In this process the reservoir discharges 2,600 cubic metres per second. (MSN)

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Water is pumped at the rate of 2,600 cubic metres per second as part of the annual spectacle. (Reuters)

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