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<p>Taiwanese pianist Chen Kuan-yu performs during a concert in the middle of a rice paddy in Chishang Township, Taitung County November 7, 2009.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Taiwanese pianist Chen Kuan-yu performs during a concert in the middle of a rice paddy in Chishang Township, Taitung County November 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Taiwanese pianist Chen Kuan-yu performs during a concert in the middle of a rice paddy in Chishang Township, Taitung County November 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Professional musicians wearing animal masks perform during their rehearsal at the Zoorasia zoo in Yokohama, near Tokyo, August 16, 2009. The band named Zoorasian Brass aims to increase interest in classic music amongst children, organizers said. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Professional musicians wearing animal masks perform during their rehearsal at the Zoorasia zoo in Yokohama, near Tokyo, August 16, 2009. The band named Zoorasian Brass aims to increase interest in classic music amongst children, organizers said....more

Professional musicians wearing animal masks perform during their rehearsal at the Zoorasia zoo in Yokohama, near Tokyo, August 16, 2009. The band named Zoorasian Brass aims to increase interest in classic music amongst children, organizers said. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Riders urinate during the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Ciudad Real and Talavera de la Reina, September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal </p>

Riders urinate during the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Ciudad Real and Talavera de la Reina, September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Riders urinate during the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Ciudad Real and Talavera de la Reina, September 16, 2009. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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<p>A martial arts enthusiast pulls a vehicle with a rope connected to his eye sockets during a performance in Hefei, Anhui province November 30, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily </p>

A martial arts enthusiast pulls a vehicle with a rope connected to his eye sockets during a performance in Hefei, Anhui province November 30, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily

A martial arts enthusiast pulls a vehicle with a rope connected to his eye sockets during a performance in Hefei, Anhui province November 30, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies placed on a mattress during traditional Corpus Christi celebrations in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain June 14, 2009. The northern Spanish town has for centuries chosen to protect its young from evil spirits with the unusual ritual in which a man dressed as the devil leaps over mattresses each holding four or five babies. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez</p>

A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies placed on a mattress during traditional Corpus Christi celebrations in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain June 14, 2009. The...more

A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies placed on a mattress during traditional Corpus Christi celebrations in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain June 14, 2009. The northern Spanish town has for centuries chosen to protect its young from evil spirits with the unusual ritual in which a man dressed as the devil leaps over mattresses each holding four or five babies. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez

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<p>An hostess simulates a shower in a glass cabin set-up in the finish area of the men's World Cup Super-G ski race during a promotional event for a dating web-site in Val d'Isere December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann</p>

An hostess simulates a shower in a glass cabin set-up in the finish area of the men's World Cup Super-G ski race during a promotional event for a dating web-site in Val d'Isere December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

An hostess simulates a shower in a glass cabin set-up in the finish area of the men's World Cup Super-G ski race during a promotional event for a dating web-site in Val d'Isere December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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<p>People look at German street performer Johan Lorbeer attached to a wall during his performance "Tarzan - Standing leg still life performance" at Madrid's Atocha train station February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera</p>

People look at German street performer Johan Lorbeer attached to a wall during his performance "Tarzan - Standing leg still life performance" at Madrid's Atocha train station February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera

People look at German street performer Johan Lorbeer attached to a wall during his performance "Tarzan - Standing leg still life performance" at Madrid's Atocha train station February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Wang Xiaoyu, 35, gives a model a haircut while standing on his head near his barbershop in Changsha, Hunan Province May 22, 2009. Wang, a barber of 15 years who has had 18 years of training in the Chinese martial arts Kungfu, is now trying to attract more customers by giving haircuts whilst adopting a headstand, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Wang Xiaoyu, 35, gives a model a haircut while standing on his head near his barbershop in Changsha, Hunan Province May 22, 2009. Wang, a barber of 15 years who has had 18 years of training in the Chinese martial arts Kungfu, is now trying to attract...more

Wang Xiaoyu, 35, gives a model a haircut while standing on his head near his barbershop in Changsha, Hunan Province May 22, 2009. Wang, a barber of 15 years who has had 18 years of training in the Chinese martial arts Kungfu, is now trying to attract more customers by giving haircuts whilst adopting a headstand, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Ana Julia Torres kisses Jupiter, a lion that was rescued from a circus ten years ago, in Cali, April 18, 2009. Torres is a teacher whom for the last 16 years has been adopting and helping injured animals. She founded the Villa Lorena shelter for injured and mistreated animals, which cares for at least 680 animals, including some that have been dismembered by hunters. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga </p>

Ana Julia Torres kisses Jupiter, a lion that was rescued from a circus ten years ago, in Cali, April 18, 2009. Torres is a teacher whom for the last 16 years has been adopting and helping injured animals. She founded the Villa Lorena shelter for...more

Ana Julia Torres kisses Jupiter, a lion that was rescued from a circus ten years ago, in Cali, April 18, 2009. Torres is a teacher whom for the last 16 years has been adopting and helping injured animals. She founded the Villa Lorena shelter for injured and mistreated animals, which cares for at least 680 animals, including some that have been dismembered by hunters. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

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<p>Live pigeons are pictured, stuffed into the tights of a man, at Melbourne International Airport in this February 1 2009 picture released by Australian Customs on February 3, 2009. The man, a passenger on a flight from Dubai, was discovered with a live pigeon stuffed in each leg of his tights, as well as two bird eggs, plant seeds and undeclared samples of eggplant after a search by customs and border control officers and was handed over to Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services staff, according to local media. REUTERS/Australian Customs/Handout </p>

Live pigeons are pictured, stuffed into the tights of a man, at Melbourne International Airport in this February 1 2009 picture released by Australian Customs on February 3, 2009. The man, a passenger on a flight from Dubai, was discovered with a...more

Live pigeons are pictured, stuffed into the tights of a man, at Melbourne International Airport in this February 1 2009 picture released by Australian Customs on February 3, 2009. The man, a passenger on a flight from Dubai, was discovered with a live pigeon stuffed in each leg of his tights, as well as two bird eggs, plant seeds and undeclared samples of eggplant after a search by customs and border control officers and was handed over to Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services staff, according to local media. REUTERS/Australian Customs/Handout

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<p>A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International's new "Konkatsu Bra", literally meaning "marriage hunting" bra, during an unveiling in Tokyo May 13, 2009. The bra features a marriage countdown clock showing the marriage deadline set by the wearer and when an engagement ring is inserted between the cups the melody of "The Wedding March" is played to celebrate the engagement. The characters on the bra read, "now hunting for a husband". REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International's new "Konkatsu Bra", literally meaning "marriage hunting" bra, during an unveiling in Tokyo May 13, 2009. The bra features a marriage countdown clock showing the marriage deadline set by the...more

A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International's new "Konkatsu Bra", literally meaning "marriage hunting" bra, during an unveiling in Tokyo May 13, 2009. The bra features a marriage countdown clock showing the marriage deadline set by the wearer and when an engagement ring is inserted between the cups the melody of "The Wedding March" is played to celebrate the engagement. The characters on the bra read, "now hunting for a husband". REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A model presents a creation during a hair show in Budapest June 20, 2009. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai </p>

A model presents a creation during a hair show in Budapest June 20, 2009. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

A model presents a creation during a hair show in Budapest June 20, 2009. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

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<p>A man gets a haircut featuring Tiananmen Gate at a barbershop, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Zhengzhou, Henan province September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan </p>

A man gets a haircut featuring Tiananmen Gate at a barbershop, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Zhengzhou, Henan province September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan

A man gets a haircut featuring Tiananmen Gate at a barbershop, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Zhengzhou, Henan province September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan

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<p>Tao Xiangli gets out of his homemade submarine after operating it in a lake on the outskirts of Beijing September 3, 2009. Amateur inventor Tao, 34, made a fully functional submarine, which has a periscope, depth control tanks, electric motors, manometer, and two propellers, from old oil barrels and tools which he bought at a second-hand market. He took 2 years to invent and test the submarine which costs 30,000 yuan ($4,385). REUTERS/Christina Hu </p>

Tao Xiangli gets out of his homemade submarine after operating it in a lake on the outskirts of Beijing September 3, 2009. Amateur inventor Tao, 34, made a fully functional submarine, which has a periscope, depth control tanks, electric motors,...more

Tao Xiangli gets out of his homemade submarine after operating it in a lake on the outskirts of Beijing September 3, 2009. Amateur inventor Tao, 34, made a fully functional submarine, which has a periscope, depth control tanks, electric motors, manometer, and two propellers, from old oil barrels and tools which he bought at a second-hand market. He took 2 years to invent and test the submarine which costs 30,000 yuan ($4,385). REUTERS/Christina Hu

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<p>A cheerleader performs during the FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round Group E basketball game between Macedonia and Russia in Bydgoszcz September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic </p>

A cheerleader performs during the FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round Group E basketball game between Macedonia and Russia in Bydgoszcz September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic

A cheerleader performs during the FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round Group E basketball game between Macedonia and Russia in Bydgoszcz September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic

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<p>A performer squirts milk through his eyes, by blowing hard against a blocked nose, during a performance to celebrate Chinese New Year at a park in Beijing January 29, 2009. REUTERS/Christina Hu </p>

A performer squirts milk through his eyes, by blowing hard against a blocked nose, during a performance to celebrate Chinese New Year at a park in Beijing January 29, 2009. REUTERS/Christina Hu

A performer squirts milk through his eyes, by blowing hard against a blocked nose, during a performance to celebrate Chinese New Year at a park in Beijing January 29, 2009. REUTERS/Christina Hu

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<p>A house partially built in the shape of an airplane is seen in Abuja November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A house partially built in the shape of an airplane is seen in Abuja November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A house partially built in the shape of an airplane is seen in Abuja November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>Christopher Cannon auditions for the performance-art show "Puppetry of the Penis" in New York April 14, 2009. Actors trying out were given a quick class on the different tricks to contort their genitals and then were individually tested to see if they had the skills. REUTERS/Chip East </p>

Christopher Cannon auditions for the performance-art show "Puppetry of the Penis" in New York April 14, 2009. Actors trying out were given a quick class on the different tricks to contort their genitals and then were individually tested to see if...more

Christopher Cannon auditions for the performance-art show "Puppetry of the Penis" in New York April 14, 2009. Actors trying out were given a quick class on the different tricks to contort their genitals and then were individually tested to see if they had the skills. REUTERS/Chip East

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<p>Human weights pose for photographers as they stand in a line in order of their weight at a Gymbox gym in London January 21, 2009. A British gym is trying to add human interest to otherwise dreary workouts by replacing traditional dumbbell weights with human ones.The Gymbox chain gym in central London says fitness enthusiasts can now swap their usual lumps of metal for human beings in a range of shapes and sizes. REUTERS/Stephen Hird </p>

Human weights pose for photographers as they stand in a line in order of their weight at a Gymbox gym in London January 21, 2009. A British gym is trying to add human interest to otherwise dreary workouts by replacing traditional dumbbell weights...more

Human weights pose for photographers as they stand in a line in order of their weight at a Gymbox gym in London January 21, 2009. A British gym is trying to add human interest to otherwise dreary workouts by replacing traditional dumbbell weights with human ones.The Gymbox chain gym in central London says fitness enthusiasts can now swap their usual lumps of metal for human beings in a range of shapes and sizes. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

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<p>Footprints carved in wood, which locals believe were made by a worshipper who prayed at the same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 5, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

Footprints carved in wood, which locals believe were made by a worshipper who prayed at the same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 5, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam,...more

Footprints carved in wood, which locals believe were made by a worshipper who prayed at the same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 5, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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