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World’s Weirdest Museums You Cannot Imagine

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Traditionally, International Museum Day is organized around May 18. Here we highlight the most unusual museums around the world – from displays of toilets to the worst waxwork replicas.

1102 Worlds Weirdest Museums You Cannot Imagine
This picture taken on Oct 3, 2012 shows sculptures put at the seabed off the coast of the West Indies and Mexico by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor casts life-size statues from materials used to encourage reef growth and sinks them to the ocean floor.

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Tough Training at Beijing Bodyguard Camp

195 650x421 Tough Training at Beijing Bodyguard Camp
Four female future bodyguards walk to attend a shooting class under the guidance of an instructor in Beijing, March 14, 2014. A total of 65 trainees, 7 of whom are women, take part in the bodyguard training session in Beijing’s suburban Shunyi district. All trainees, aged from 18 to 30, mostly special troops and retired athletes, undergo training to develop sufficient skills to become bodyguards. The courses include martial arts, FBI mind reading, anti-terrorist training and international business etiquette. The graduation rate is low – only a few of them will become private bodyguards after a series of grilling tests. (Photo: CFP)

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“Las Mayas” Celebrations In Spain

138 “Las Mayas” Celebrations In Spain
In this photo taken on Sunday, May 11, 2014, a “Maya” girl sits on an altar during the traditional celebration of “Las Mayas” on a street, in central Madrid, Spain. The festivity of the Maya comes from pagan rites and dates from the medieval age, appearing in ancient documents, it takes place every year in the beginning of May and celebrates the beginning off the spring. A girl between 7 and 11years is chosen as “Maya” and should sit still, serious, and quiet for a couple of hours in an altar on the street decorated with flowers and plants, afterwards they walk to the church with their family where they attend a ceremony. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)

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Spring Storms in US

137 Spring Storms in US
Brian Pryor takes a shower of snow as he clears the tree limbs in front of his home on University Hill in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, May 9, 2014. A spring storm that has brought over a foot of snow to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska and thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Midwest was slowing down travelers and left some without power Monday morning. (Photo by Paul Aiken/AP Photo/The Boulder Daily Camera)

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Cycling Fan “El Diablo”

1163 Cycling Fan “El Diablo”
German bicycle designer Didi Senft, also known as “El Diablo”, poses with his trident after presenting his new bicycle creation to commemorate the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in the town of Storkow, southeast of Berlin April 18, 2014. Senft, who has had an entry in the Guiness Book of Records for the world’s largest bicycle, worked some 100 hours on this bicycle, he said. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

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Celebrating 420

1146 Celebrating 420
Vancouver B.C. April 20, 2014 Big Day to celebrate as thousand gathered in front of Vancouver Art Gallery to take part in the 420 Marijuana smoke in here in Vancouver on April 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark van Manen/PNG Staff Photographer/Ian Austin Province News/Vancouver Sun News & Web stories)

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Associated Press Revisits Boston Bombing Sites

1133 Associated Press Revisits Boston Bombing Sites
This combination of April 15, 2013 and April 10, 2014 photos show a view of Boylston Street in front of the Marathon Sports store, left, the site where the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, and pedestrians walking along the same sidewalk almost a year later in Boston. (Photo by Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

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Amateur Rope-Jumping in Russia

1105 Amateur Rope Jumping in Russia
A member of the “Exit Point” amateur rope-jumping group jumps from a 44-metre high (144-ft) waterpipe bridge in the Siberian Taiga area outside Krasnoyarsk, November 3, 2013. Fans of rope-jumping, a kind of extreme sport involving a jump from a high point using an advanced leverage system combining mountaineering and rope safety equipment, marked the end of the group’s jumping season and recent Halloween festivities. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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Chocolate Easter Bunny production at Confiserie Felicitas in Germany

180 Chocolate Easter Bunny production at Confiserie Felicitas in Germany
Children from a Polish tour group watch as employee Sandra Jaeckel prepares to take away a giant chocolate Easter bunny after showing it to them at Confiserie Felicitas chocolates maker on April 9, 2014 in Hornow, Germany. Easter is among the busiest times of year for the chocolatier, which produces Easter bunnies and eggs in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Founded by Belgian expats Goedele Matthyssen and Peter Bientsman the company will soon celebrate its 21st year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Fans On The Hong Kong Sevens Rugby Tournament

11 Fans On The Hong Kong Sevens Rugby Tournament
A rugby fan adjusts his latex mask at the rugby sevens tournament in Hong Kong on March 29, 2014. (Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP Photo)

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Life Inside One of the Largest Favela in Rio de Janeiro

“A favela is the term for a slum in Brazil, most often within urban areas. The first favelas appeared in the late 19th century and were built by soldiers who had nowhere to live. Some of the first settlements were called bairros africanos (African neighbourhoods). This was the place where former slaves with no land ownership and no options for work lived. Over the years, many former black slaves moved in.

Even before the first favela came into being, poor citizens were pushed away from the city and forced to live in the far suburbs. However, most modern favelas appeared in the 1970s due to rural exodus, when many people left rural areas of Brazil and moved to cities. Unable to find a place to live, many people ended up in a favela. Census data released in December 2011 by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) shows that in 2010, about 6 percent of the population lived in slums in Brazil. This means that 11.4 million of the 190 million people that lived in the country resided in areas of irregular occupation definable by lack of public services or urbanization, referred to by the IBGE as “subnormal agglomerations”. – Wikipedia

1159 Life Inside One of the Largest Favela in Rio de Janeiro
Residents (R to L) Luiza, Janubie, Leiticia and Lucas sit beneath an overpass near their houses in an impoverished area in the unpacified Complexo da Mare slum complex, one of the largest “favela” complexes in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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St. Patrick’s Day 2014

1143 St. Patricks Day 2014
Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William smile during a visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, in England, Monday, March 17, 2014. The Duke of Cambridge attended the Parade as Colonel of the Regiment. The Duchess of Cambridge presented the traditional sprigs of shamrocks to the Officers and Guardsmen of the Regiment. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)

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“Lathmar Holi” – Festival of Colours

1134 “Lathmar Holi” – Festival of Colours
A Hindu devotee with his face daubed in colours reacts to the camera while taking part during “Lathmar Holi” at the village of Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 9, 2014. In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana and Nandgaon villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then “beat” them with bamboo sticks called “lathis”. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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Brazilian Carnival 2014, Part 2

140 Brazilian Carnival 2014, Part 2
A reveller of the Mangueira samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Sergio Moraes/Reuters)

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Brazilian Carnival 2014

127 Brazilian Carnival 2014
Women wearing body paint dance at the “Rua do Mercado” band Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, February 27. The women said they were topless to defend the right of women to be topless on Rio’s beaches, as they joined one of many parades before the official start of Carnival on February 28. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)

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