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Santiago Color Run

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Runners participate in the”Color Run” across the streets of Santiago. (AFP)

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Russian Military Parade Honors World War II Red Army

1131 Russian Military Parade Honors World War II Red Army
Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms paraded through Red Square in front of a backdrop of St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. The show honored the participants of the Nov. 7, 1941 parade who headed directly to the front lines to defend Moscow from the Nazi forces. The parade Thursday involved about 6,000 people, many of them dressed in World War II-era uniforms. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

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Whitby Gothic Weekend, England

160 Whitby Gothic Weekend, England
Two goths look out over Whitby as they attend the Goth weekend on November 2, 2013 in Whitby, England. The Whitby Gothic Weekend that takes place in the Yorkshire seaside town twice yearly in Spring and Autumn started in 1994 and sees thousands of extravagantly dressed followers of Victoriana, Steampunk, Cybergoth and Romanticism visit to take part in celebrating Gothic culture. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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Million Mask March

157 Million Mask March
People participate in a march to the U.S. Captiol during the “Million Mask March” November 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. Organized by members of Anonymous, WikiLeaks, The Pirate Party, Occupy Wall Street and other hacktivist movements, demonstrators marched on political landmarks and institutions around the world on Guy Fawkes Day. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Homemade Harvest Food Swap

Kendra Poma hosts the Homemade Harvest Food Swap at her house in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. About a dozen cottage food producers display their food items to trade and sample each other’s homemade goods. It happens four times a year.

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Vanessa Toy, left, of Pleasanton, talk about her food items as hostess Kendra Poma, second from left, and others look on during the Homemade Harvest Food Swap held at Poma’s house in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. The food swap brings together cottage food producers to trade and sample each other’s homemade goods. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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France’s Boy Bullfighters

“Ask a young boy what he wants to be when he gets older and the reply is the usual “a fireman, soccer player, doctor or astronaut”. However, ask two young boys from southern France, Solal, aged 12 and Nimo, aged 10, and you’ll hear, “a bullfighter”.

At the start of the story, bullfighting was familiar to me, but full of unknowns. Familiar because living in southern France, the traditional Ferias of Nimes and Arles are well-known yearly popular festivals, attracting revellers for two or three days to the Roman arenas and parades with many dressed in local costumes. On occasion I attended bullfights with friends, followed by partying in the streets at the outdoor bars or “bodegas”.

Following the two boys I learned the language of the bullfighter, mostly Spanish in origin, that the “aficionados”, the dedicated fans use. The studied cape movements by the toreador, and the charges by the fighting bull, make for a charged confrontation between man and animal where spectators react with animated emotions.

Through the eyes of Solal and Nino, I discovered their world and the passion they feel for bullfighting. The boys dream of becoming bullfighters, the day when they are professional toreadors. Still attending class in French public school, their dreams are about facing the bull in the arena. While other boys have posters of their favorite music group or football players, the walls of their bedrooms are decorated with posters of famous toreadors or bulls’ horns.

I watched the two boys as they trained in small arenas, repeating gestures to execute the perfect “muleta pass” or thrusting “banderillas”, training with facsimile bulls on a bicycle. I see them preparing for “becerradas,” practice bullfights with calves where the animal is not harmed. The boys, apprentice toreadors, imitate the glorious actions of their idols, which leads me to think that perhaps in a few years, if their passion continues and if their dreams become reality, they will participate in their “alternative”, the ceremony where the “novillero” becomes a true “matador de toro”. – Jean-Paul Pelissier via Reuters

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Solal, a twelve-year-old toreador apprentice of the French Tauromachy Centre, nicknamed Solalito, reads a bullfight news magazine at home in Nimes, October 27, 2013. Since 1983, the French Tauromachy Centre in Nimes has trained some 1,000 youths in the art of bullfighting. Twenty of them have gone on to become professional matadors, facing fighting bulls in the arena. Twice a week, students take courses with a matador to learn the movements and gestures of the bullfighter in the ring, but without an animal present. Students train with calves in the surrounding fields during spring, and regularly participate in beginner’s bullfights (becerradas) without killing calves. Solal has been taking courses for three years and Nino, for just a year now. Both are normally enrolled in French public schools, but have one thought in mind – bullfighting. They share a passion linked to the city of Nimes, famous for its ferias and bullring. (Photo by Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

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Guinness World Records 2013

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Harpie the goat from the USA who has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the farthest distance achieved by a goat on a skateboard going 36 meters (118ft) in 25 seconds. (Photo by PA Wire)

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Halloween Around the Globe

1 Halloween Around the Globe
A girl is seen through one of the thousands of carved pumpkins on display at the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival in Highwood, Illinois, on Oktober 18, 2013. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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The Time Machine: Halloween Through the Years

1190 The Time Machine: Halloween Through the Years
Two skeletons dressed for a wedding sit in a garden of the Horn family house in Isernhagen, Germany, on October 28, 2013. The Horn family has been decorating their house for Halloween for more than ten years. (CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Playboy Mansion Hosts Annual Halloween Bash

1187 Playboy Mansion Hosts Annual Halloween Bash
Playmate Amanda Cerny (L) and Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun attend Playboy Mansion’s annual Halloween bash on October 26, 2013 in Holmby Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Playboy)

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Students in Blood and Guts Fight in Empty Pool

Picture the scene. 150 people, an empty swimming pool and loads of fake blood and guts, on October 18, 2013 in Dagenham, England. Cue bloody hands flinging gore, guts and entrails at each other, all captured in a glorious high-definition video – it’s mobile network giffgaff’s latest offering to celebrate Halloween in a different way. Run by its members, giffgaff is a different way of doing mobile, and being different takes guts. Inspired by the infamous and spectacularly fun La Tomatina Spanish tomato fight, giffgaff’s brave and battle-ready volunteers used fake blood and guts to create a bloody but entertaining mess. Intestines whizz through the air like barbaric slingshots and dismembered eyeballs are hurled into the fray with the dramatic action caught on camera by directors Jonas & Francois (who’ve created music videos for Justice, Kanye West, Iggy Azalea, Madonna and many others). The gory clash is set to “Walk of Shame”, the new track from hot LA rock duo Deap Valley.

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To mark Halloween, 150 teens descended upon a swimming pool in Essex to help mobile network giffgaff recreate the famous Tomatina tomato fight… only this time, with blood and guts. Different takes #giffgaffguts. On October 18, 2013 in Dagenham, England. Photos by Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images for giffgaff.

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Zombies Walk the Streets of Calgary

167 Zombies Walk the Streets of Calgary

Participants turned out to walk the streets of Calgary, Canada on Saturday during the Zombie Walk. (Leah Hennel/Calgary Herald)

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World Zombie Day

172 World Zombie Day
A woman pictured dressed as a zombie as she roams around central London on World Zombie Day, an event that was also used to help with fundraising for the St Mungo’s charity that helps homeless people in the capital. Hundreds of people dressed as zombies roamed around central London as they took part in World Zombie Day that was also held as a means of raising money for St Mungo’s charity that is involved in helping homeless people in the capital. (Photo by See Li/Demotix/Corbis)

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Oktoberfest Kicks off in Germany

119 Oktoberfest Kicks off in Germany
A visitor reaches for of the one of the first mugs of beer after the tapping of the first barrel during the opening ceremony for the 180th Oktoberfest at the Hofbraeu tent in Munich Sept 21, 2013. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks for the 180th Oktoberfest, which runs until October 6.

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Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy

118 Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy

Filipino mermaid swimming teacher Genevieve Reyes (C) has her tail adjusted by students during a lesson by the Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy in a private swimming pool in Makati, Manila, Philippines, 15 June 2013. The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy (PMSA) was created in 2012 in Boracay by Normeth Preglo of The Philippines and US swimming instructor Djuna Rocha. The swimming lessons were brought to Manila in April 2013. The price for a two-hour class is 37 US dollars. Photos by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA.

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