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Thanksgiving Day Parades: Best of the Balloons

14 Thanksgiving Day Parades: Best of the Balloons

The popular Macy’s parade in New York, attended by more than 3 million people and watched by 50 million on TV, included such giant balloons as Elf on a Shelf and Papa Smurf, a new version of Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Sailor Mickey Mouse and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Real-life stars included singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Rachel Crow of “The X Factor.” Across the country, parades in other cities, including Philadelphia and Detroit, were enjoyed by tens of thousands of people who lined the streets to watch marching bands and giant balloons. Photos by Charles Sykes/Associated Press.

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PSY in Thailand

13 PSY in Thailand

South Korean rapper PSY greets Thai fans after a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is scheduled perform his first show in Asia outside of South Korea. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)

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Ballet Dancer Claire Robertson Promotes Scottish Ballet’s Nutcracker

1139 Ballet Dancer Claire Robertson Promotes Scottish Ballets Nutcracker

Claire Robertson from Scottish Ballet, poses dressed as the Good Snow Flake inside a life size snow globe on Buchanan Street during a promotion for Scottish Ballet’s festive production of The Nutcracker on November 20, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Nutcracker opens at the Theatre Royal on December the 8th, the production delves deep into the darker reaches of Hoffmann’s original tale in a fresh and vivid retelling of the famous Christmas story. In photographs by Jeff J. Mitchell.

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David Glasheen: A Real Life Robinson Crusoe

David Glasheen, dubbed Australia’s Robinson Crusoe, has lived on tiny Restoration Island, off the north-eastern tip of Australia since 1993, accompanied only by his dog Quasi. A former business man, he abandoned a high-flying life in Sydney after losing $AUS10 million £6.5 million in the 1987 stock market crash and his marriage ended. Mr Glasheen, who is now in his late 60s, said he revels in the tranquillity and privacy and has called himself as “the luckiest bloke in the world”. He lives off fish and crab and collects bananas, coconuts and native fruit, as well as growing his own vegetables and brewing beer.

In photographs by Brian Cassey.

1108 David Glasheen: A Real Life Robinson Crusoe

David Glasheen faces eviction from his remote tropical paradise after losing a Supreme Court legal case.

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School Bus Living

1103 School Bus Living

Mike and Natalie Young have embarked on a journey together as newlyweds and living in a renovated school bus they named “Rosie”. Currently they have it parked in a friend’s backyard in north Austin, but will soon travel to Washington state to live. They are accompanied by their faithful companion Atlas, a rescued dog they found a few months ago.

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Mexico’s 17th Annual Clown Convention

1230 Mexico’s 17th Annual Clown Convention

Kika-evolution, 5, an Auguste clown, poses for a photo during Mexico’s 17th annual clown convention, La Feria de la Risa, in Mexico City, October 23, 2012. Approximately 500 clowns gathered at two local theaters in the capital city to exchange ideas, compete for laughs and show off their comedy performances. (Photo by Anita BacaAP Photo)

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Moonfest: West Palm Beach Lures the Undead out for a Night of Revelry

040 Moonfest: West Palm Beach Lures the Undead out for a Night of Revelry

Darkness fell on Clematis Street, fertile ground this Saturday night for the young and undead. But for the first time this year, the city gated the event with police, charged $10 admission and imposed a 9 p.m. curfew for all unaccompanied minors, hoping to curb the underage drinking and general mayhem that led to a crowd of more than 70,000 and 71 police calls just two years ago. Photography by Brynn Anderson/The Palm Beach Post.

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Preparing for Superstorm – Hurricane Sandy

1209 Preparing for Superstorm – Hurricane Sandy

A driver maneuvers his classic American car along a wet road as a wave crashes against the Malecon in Havana, Cuba on Thursday. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)

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Zombie Walk Berlin

1208 Zombie Walk Berlin

Zombie enthusiasts set out on a “Zombie Walk” in the city center on October 27, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Approximately 150 zombies, who had organized themselves through Facebook, walked and limped across Alexanderplatz, growled and moaned at passersby and performed jerking dances. In photographs by Sean Gallup / Getty Images.

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Homemade Car Festival

1189 Homemade Car Festival

24th Festival of roller carriages passed, or rather rolled in Medellin, on October 7, 2012. Best “drivers” of the festival are in the collection. (AFP/Raul Arboleda)

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Over-stretched?

1166 Over stretched?

If you thought you were being over-stretched in the office think again – the 27-year-old bendy bombshell known as Zlata, can be seen operating a computer while performing a hand-stand, delivering a presentation with her head tucked between her thighs and even becoming a living table by bending over backwards for her boss. (Barcroft)

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Naked Rambler Stephen Gough Makes His Way South Following Release from Saughton Prison

1107 Naked Rambler Stephen Gough Makes His Way South Following Release from Saughton Prison

Stephen Gough, the naked rambler makes his way south through Peebles in the Scottish Borders, following his release from Saughton Prison yesterday after serving his latest sentence on October 6, 2012 in Peebles, Scotland. The rambler has 18 convictions and has been in prison on and off since 2006 with offences ranging from not wearing clothes in front of the sheriff, breach of the peace and contempt of court. In photographs by Jeff J. Mitchell.

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Shocktober Fest: People Attempt a World Record for the Most Zombies in One Place

1106 Shocktober Fest: People Attempt a World Record for the Most Zombies in One Place

Visitors to the Shocktober Fest dressed as zombies pose at Tulleys Farm on October 6, 2012 in Turners Hill, England. People dressed as zombies from around the United Kingdom have converged on Tulleys Farm in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most zombies together in one place. In photographs by Peter Macdiarmid.

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Comic-Con International – San Diego 2012

08 Comic Con International – San Diego 2012

San Diego Comic-Con International, also known as Comic-Con International: San Diego, and commonly known as Comic-Con or the San Diego Comic-Con, was founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention and later the San Diego Comic Book Convention in 1970 by Shel Dorf and a group of San Diegans.

It is traditionally a four-day event (Thursday through Sunday — though a four-hour preview night on Wednesday is open to professionals, exhibitors, and some guests pre-registered for all four days) held during the summer in San Diego, California, United States, at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con is both the name of the annual event and the common name of the organization.

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Support a Hero

168 Support a Hero

Chloe Mills, 1-year-old daughter of Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills and his wife Kelsey, crawls past her father’s walking legs in his boyhood home in Vassar, Michigan. Mills is visiting his hometown for the first time since losing all four limbs while fighting in Afghanistan.(Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

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