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5000 Brides and Grooms Marry in Mass Wedding Ceremony

1157 5000 Brides and Grooms Marry in Mass Wedding Ceremony
A bride talks on the phone during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul February 12, 2014. The Unification Church founded by evangelist reverend Moon Sun-myung in Seoul in 1954, performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples. Approximately 2,500 couples attended the mass wedding on Wednesday. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

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Chocolate Fashion Show in Brussels

010 Chocolate Fashion Show in Brussels
Chocolate-lovers have gathered for the first Salon du Chocolat fashion show and festival in Brussels. The festival takes place in 19 cities worldwide, but this year marks the first Salon du Chocolat in Brussels. The main feature of the festival was a fashion show, where chefs and designers collaborated to create chocolate outfits. Salon du Chocolat describes itself as “the world’s biggest event dedicated to chocolate”. More than 90 chocolatiers, including international chocolate powerhouses Godiva and Neuhaus, each have booths at Brussels’s Tour et Taxis. (Photos by Farrukh Younus/

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WWII Landings Re-enacted in Italy on 70th Anniversary

Anzio, Italy. Soldiers waded onto a beach, fighter planes flew overhead and jeeps filed along the seaside at Anzio in Italy this weekend as the resort town marks the 70th anniversary of Allied landings during World War II. Thousands of American, British and Canadian troops lost their lives in and around Anzio, after months of trench warfare, led to the liberation of Rome from the Nazis. The battle for Anzio dragged on until June 1944. Seven thousand soldiers were confirmed killed on the Allied side and 5,000 on the German, with tens of thousands more reported wounded or missing in action.

1348 WWII Landings Re enacted in Italy on 70th Anniversary
A volunteer wearing the uniform of the U.S. army participates in the re-enactment of a World War Two landing to mark its 70th anniversary in Anzio, near Rome, January 25, 2014. (Photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

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Bunnies on Parade to Celebrate 60 Years of Playboy

1245 Bunnies on Parade to Celebrate 60 Years of Playboy
Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole attends the Playboy’s 60th Anniversary Celebration with 60 bunnies bus tour Starting at the Playboy World Headquarters on January 16, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

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Star Wars’ Studio Opens Singapore Production Facility

US entertainment giant Lucasfilm inaugurated its first overseas production complex on Thursday in Singapore, which will tap Asian talent to support future “Star Wars” movies and other projects. Founder George Lucas and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the opening of the seven-storey building — called “Sandcrawler” after a large treaded vehicle in the original “Star Wars” movie — in a high-tech industrial park. The new building will also house sports broadcaster ESPN Asia-Pacific as well as the Southeast Asian operations of Walt Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. (AP)

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An entertainer dressed as Darth Vader from “Star Wars” walks down the corridor to pose for the media during the opening of Lucasfilm’s new animation production facility, the Sandcrawler, in Singapore January 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

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The Global ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ 2014

1158 The Global No Pants Subway Ride 2014
The annual ‘No Pants Subway Ride’, which involves wearing no trousers on the underground, has seen commuters around the globe stripping off on public transport. Pictures of people in their underwear have been streaming in from across the world, with cities such as London, Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong and Sydney taking part. The event begun as a joke in 2002 when New York acting group Improv Everywhere decided to shock members of the public by taking off their trousers.

A statement on their website said: ‘The mission started as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year.’

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Indian Teenager has the World’s Biggest Collection of Pencils

165 Indian Teenager has the Worlds Biggest Collection of Pencils
Many are happy to collect stamps, coins or key rings – but not this stationery-mad teenager. Tushar Lakhanpal, 15, from New Delhi, India, claims to own more than 14,000 pencils in different shapes and sizes from 40 countries around the world. Included in his collection, which he believes could be world record breaking, is a gold-plated implement and two pencils, stored in an ornate box, thought to have been owned and used by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Polar Bear Dips

134 Polar Bear Dips
Polar Bear club swimmers take their annual swim in the sea at Coney Island in New York City on January 1, 2014. (Photo by Curtis Means/ACE/

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New Year Celebrations Around the World

12 New Year Celebrations Around the World
A woman holds a champagne bottle during New Year’s celebrations in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of Romanians took to the streets of the Romanian capital to join parties and watch fireworks. (Photo by Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo)

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Christmas Around the World

1083 Christmas Around the World
Employees dressed as Santa Claus perform as part of a shopping mall’s Christmas celebrations in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)

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Mikhail Kalashnikov: The Man and Machine Gun

1387 Mikhail Kalashnikov: The Man and Machine Gun
Mikhail Kalashnikov, the father of the world’s most popular assault rifle, is handed an AK-74 November 23, 2002 in Izhevsk,1000 East km. from Moscow. November 23 marked the 55th anniversary of the release of the first Kalashnikov gun. According to the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategic and Technologies some 70 million to 100 million Kalashnikovs have been built worldwide since 1947, compared about 7 million to Kalashnikov’s Western rival the M-16 assault rifles. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

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Santa Sightings Around the World

1378 Santa Sightings Around the World
In this December 18, 2013 photo released by Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 32 men dressed as Santa Claus ride the 150-foot tall SkyScreamer tower swing ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif. (Photo by Jason Quintos/AP Photo/Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)

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China’s Bodyguard School

1302 Chinas Bodyguard School
A female student opens her cufflinks with her teeth, after crawling through mud at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 12, 2013. Former Chinese soldier Chen Yongqing has big ambitions for his bodyguard training school Tianjiao, which he says is China’s first professional academy to train former soldiers and others as personal security guards. Chen charges 500,000 yuan ($82,400) a year for each protector as China’s rich and famous look to bolster their safety and sense of importance. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)

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SantaCon 2013

SantaCon is an annual event in which people dressed in Santa Claus costumes engage in bar crawls. It is also known as Santarchy, Santa Rampage, the Red Menace and Santapalooza. It originated in San Francisco in 1994 and has since spread to cities around the world, and now takes place in 300 cities in 44 countries, including New York City. London, Belfast and Moscow. The New York SantaCon is the largest, with an estimated 30,000 people participating in 2012

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Snow falls as revelers dressed as Santa Claus walk in Manhattan during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event on December 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

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Christmas Lights Around the World

1177 Christmas Lights Around the World
Christmas trees are decorated in front of the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. (Photo by Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press)

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