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A Golden Retriever, dyed to look like a tiger, plays at the Dahe Pet Civilization Park in Zhengzhou, Henan province June 8, 2010. The park bought the Golden Retriever and four Chow Chows, dyed to resemble pandas, from a pet market in Sichuan as an attempt to attract visitors, local media said. REUTERS/Donald Chan

A Golden Retriever, dyed to look like a tiger, plays at the Dahe Pet Civilization Park in Zhengzhou, Henan province June 8, 2010. The park bought the Golden Retriever and four Chow Chows, dyed to resemble pandas, from a pet market in Sichuan as an attempt to attract visitors, local media said. REUTERS/Donald Chan

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Chouthi Bai breastfeeds her twenty-day-old pet calf in her residence at Kilchu village, near Bikaner, in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan August 21, 2010. Bai has become an attraction in Kilchu village and receives many visitors curious to see her caring for her pet. REUTERS/Vinay Joshi

Chouthi Bai breastfeeds her twenty-day-old pet calf in her residence at Kilchu village, near Bikaner, in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan August 21, 2010. Bai has become an attraction in Kilchu village and receives many visitors curious to see her caring for her pet. REUTERS/Vinay Joshi

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A roasted pig dressed as a singer is seen during the annual Lechon (roasted) pig parade in La Loma, Quezon city, metro Manila May 16, 2010. Participants, many from Lechon shops, dress up roasted pigs to advertise their shops. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A roasted pig dressed as a singer is seen during the annual Lechon (roasted) pig parade in La Loma, Quezon city, metro Manila May 16, 2010. Participants, many from Lechon shops, dress up roasted pigs to advertise their shops. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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A bride takes a nap as newlyweds attend a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Sun Moon University in Asan, south of Seoul October 10, 2010. The Unification Church founded by evangelist reverend Moon Sun-myung in Seoul in 1954, performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples. Seven thousand and two hundred couples attended the mass wedding. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

A bride takes a nap as newlyweds attend a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Sun Moon University in Asan, south of Seoul October 10, 2010. The Unification Church founded by evangelist reverend Moon Sun-myung in Seoul in 1954, performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples. Seven thousand and two hundred couples attended the mass wedding. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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Fourteen-year-old Elisany Silva, who measures 2.06 meters (6'9") tall, plays with her sisters and a friend on Ajuruteua beach in Braganca in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para August 29, 2010. Elisany, one of the world's tallest teens who was forced to quit school because she became too big to ride the bus, now dreams of becoming a famous fashion model. REUTERS/Paulo Santos

Fourteen-year-old Elisany Silva, who measures 2.06 meters (6'9") tall, plays with her sisters and a friend on Ajuruteua beach in Braganca in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para August 29, 2010. Elisany, one of the world's tallest teens who was forced to quit school because she became too big to ride the bus, now dreams of becoming a famous fashion model. REUTERS/Paulo Santos

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Laborers hold their colleague to install underground electric cables on a roadside at Noida in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh August 27, 2010. India's economy probably grew an annual 8.7 percent in the June quarter, its strongest pace since the December quarter of 2007, the median forecast of 21 economists showed. Forecasts ranged between 7.7 and 9.4 percent. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Laborers hold their colleague to install underground electric cables on a roadside at Noida in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh August 27, 2010. India's economy probably grew an annual 8.7 percent in the June quarter, its strongest pace since the December quarter of 2007, the median forecast of 21 economists showed. Forecasts ranged between 7.7 and 9.4 percent. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi rides a wave with his alpaca Pisco at San Bartolo beach in Lima March 16, 2010. Pianezzi has spent a decade training dogs to ride the nose of his board when he catches waves, and now he is the first to do so with an alpaca. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi rides a wave with his alpaca Pisco at San Bartolo beach in Lima March 16, 2010. Pianezzi has spent a decade training dogs to ride the nose of his board when he catches waves, and now he is the first to do so with an alpaca. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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A performer wearing a transparent box with water pours water on flowers as she wanders around the street during her group's street performance "Waterheads", as a part of the Hi Seoul Festival 2010 in central Seoul October 6, 2010. The performance was created and performed by Australian street performance group Erth. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A performer wearing a transparent box with water pours water on flowers as she wanders around the street during her group's street performance "Waterheads", as a part of the Hi Seoul Festival 2010 in central Seoul October 6, 2010. The performance was created and performed by Australian street performance group Erth. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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A girl runs as boys throw water at her as part of traditional Easter celebrations during a media presentation in Holloko, 100 km (62 miles) east of Budapest, March 26, 2010. Locals from the World Heritage village of Holloko, northeast Hungary, celebrate Easter with the traditional "watering of the girls", a fertility ritual rooted in Hungarian tribes' pre-Christian past, going as far back as the second century after Christ....more

A girl runs as boys throw water at her as part of traditional Easter celebrations during a media presentation in Holloko, 100 km (62 miles) east of Budapest, March 26, 2010. Locals from the World Heritage village of Holloko, northeast Hungary, celebrate Easter with the traditional "watering of the girls", a fertility ritual rooted in Hungarian tribes' pre-Christian past, going as far back as the second century after Christ. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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A officer from a special unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs shows his skill before an annual relay race in Minsk, Belarus, September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A officer from a special unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs shows his skill before an annual relay race in Minsk, Belarus, September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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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 6, 2010. 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...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 6, 2010. 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/Ricardo Ordonez

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An earthquake survivor poses for a photo while he plays a table game called dominoes at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince March 18, 2010. The man is covered in clothing clips as a penalty for losing multiple hands of the game. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

An earthquake survivor poses for a photo while he plays a table game called dominoes at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince March 18, 2010. The man is covered in clothing clips as a penalty for losing multiple hands of the game. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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Santisuk ("peace" in Thai language), a five year old pig-tailed macaque monkey, wears a police shirt as he sits at the back of a patrolling vehicle in Saiburi district in Yala province in southern Thailand April 1, 2010. The monkey, who was found injured and adopted by local policemen, goes dressed in uniform on patrol every day to help improve force's image and relations with population in troubled predominantly Muslim province,...more

Santisuk ("peace" in Thai language), a five year old pig-tailed macaque monkey, wears a police shirt as he sits at the back of a patrolling vehicle in Saiburi district in Yala province in southern Thailand April 1, 2010. The monkey, who was found injured and adopted by local policemen, goes dressed in uniform on patrol every day to help improve force's image and relations with population in troubled predominantly Muslim province, policemen who man the animal said. Separatists are blamed for most of the attacks on Thailand's predominantly Muslim deep south, which often target Buddhists and Muslims associated with the Thai state, such as police, soldiers, government officials and teachers. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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A participant helps a fellow participant apply tanning oil as they prepare backstage before taking part in the "Strongo Cup" open amateur bodybuilding and body fitness tournament in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk October 30, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

A participant helps a fellow participant apply tanning oil as they prepare backstage before taking part in the "Strongo Cup" open amateur bodybuilding and body fitness tournament in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk October 30, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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A man known as "Mr. Pregnant" lies on the floor of a coffee shop after pretending to collapse during an improv stunt in New York City July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

A man known as "Mr. Pregnant" lies on the floor of a coffee shop after pretending to collapse during an improv stunt in New York City July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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Mahant Kailash Giri, a Sadhu or a Hindu holyman, lies buried in soil as part of a ritual during the nine-day long Navratri festival in Jammu October 15, 2010. The ritual was performed to appease Hindu Goddess Durga, according to Giri. In Hindu mythology, Durga symbolises power and the triumph of good over evil. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

Mahant Kailash Giri, a Sadhu or a Hindu holyman, lies buried in soil as part of a ritual during the nine-day long Navratri festival in Jammu October 15, 2010. The ritual was performed to appease Hindu Goddess Durga, according to Giri. In Hindu mythology, Durga symbolises power and the triumph of good over evil. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

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A boy performs Mallakhamb (gymnast's pole) during a practice session at a playground in Mumbai September 13, 2010. Mallakhamb is a combination of traditional Indian gymnastics and martial arts and it can be traced back to the 12th century. For centuries, the sport has been dormant but is now regaining popularity in the country. This old sport helps one to be more agile, improves mind and body coordination as well as overall...more

A boy performs Mallakhamb (gymnast's pole) during a practice session at a playground in Mumbai September 13, 2010. Mallakhamb is a combination of traditional Indian gymnastics and martial arts and it can be traced back to the 12th century. For centuries, the sport has been dormant but is now regaining popularity in the country. This old sport helps one to be more agile, improves mind and body coordination as well as overall fitness. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A laborer balances himself on a rock wall as he uses his feet to guide a jackhammer at a quarry in the town of Kaduwela, 20km (12 miles) east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

A laborer balances himself on a rock wall as he uses his feet to guide a jackhammer at a quarry in the town of Kaduwela, 20km (12 miles) east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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CK Sweet, 27, reads a book as he rides the train during the 9th Annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York City January 10, 2010. The event organised by Improv Everywhere involves participants who strip down to their underwear as they go about their normal routine. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

CK Sweet, 27, reads a book as he rides the train during the 9th Annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York City January 10, 2010. The event organised by Improv Everywhere involves participants who strip down to their underwear as they go about their normal routine. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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Khagendra Thapa, who is expected to be the world's shortest man next month when he turns 18, looks at the legs of Miss Nepal beauty pageant winners during a news conference in Kathmandu September 24, 2010. The Nepal Tourism Board has nominated Thapa and Miss Nepal beauty pageant winners as goodwill ambassadors to promote tourism in Nepal. Thapa will carry the message: "Shortest man in the world from the highest mountain in the...more

Khagendra Thapa, who is expected to be the world's shortest man next month when he turns 18, looks at the legs of Miss Nepal beauty pageant winners during a news conference in Kathmandu September 24, 2010. The Nepal Tourism Board has nominated Thapa and Miss Nepal beauty pageant winners as goodwill ambassadors to promote tourism in Nepal. Thapa will carry the message: "Shortest man in the world from the highest mountain in the world invites you to visit Nepal. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar

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A policeman tries to divert a female moose into a net during an organised catch after she accidentally entered the suburbs of Lublin, Poland, May 4, 2010. The moose was later released back into the forest. REUTERS/Rafal Michalkowski/Agencja Gazeta

A policeman tries to divert a female moose into a net during an organised catch after she accidentally entered the suburbs of Lublin, Poland, May 4, 2010. The moose was later released back into the forest. REUTERS/Rafal Michalkowski/Agencja Gazeta

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Spanish banderiller Pedro Muriel is gored by a bull during a bullfight at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga August 22, 2010. Banderillers are bullfighter's assistants whose role is to weaken the bull's massive neck and shoulder muscles using harpoon pointed sticks known as banderillas (little flags). Muriel was gored in the right thigh but his wound is not serious, said his manager Ignacio Gonzalez to the magazine Mundotoro....more

Spanish banderiller Pedro Muriel is gored by a bull during a bullfight at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga August 22, 2010. Banderillers are bullfighter's assistants whose role is to weaken the bull's massive neck and shoulder muscles using harpoon pointed sticks known as banderillas (little flags). Muriel was gored in the right thigh but his wound is not serious, said his manager Ignacio Gonzalez to the magazine Mundotoro. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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A man performs Jal Neti, or nasal wash, an ancient yogic technique, during a yoga session at Mohali in the northern Indian state of Punjab August 6, 2010. Many Indians believe that Jal Neti cures diseases related to the eyes, nose, throat and brain. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

A man performs Jal Neti, or nasal wash, an ancient yogic technique, during a yoga session at Mohali in the northern Indian state of Punjab August 6, 2010. Many Indians believe that Jal Neti cures diseases related to the eyes, nose, throat and brain. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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A video grab shows Sharon Lain, with a woman's girdle wrapped around her face as a make-shift mask, robbing an Oklahoma McDonald's. Lain, 51, an unemployed woman who said she was desperate for money has been arrested on charges she robbed the McDonald's. Authorities said Lain of Midwest City admitted to being the underwear-masked bandit who made off with the contents of a cash drawer from the fast-food restaurant around 3 a.m. on...more

A video grab shows Sharon Lain, with a woman's girdle wrapped around her face as a make-shift mask, robbing an Oklahoma McDonald's. Lain, 51, an unemployed woman who said she was desperate for money has been arrested on charges she robbed the McDonald's. Authorities said Lain of Midwest City admitted to being the underwear-masked bandit who made off with the contents of a cash drawer from the fast-food restaurant around 3 a.m. on July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Midwest City Police Department/Handout

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An employee poses with the Vampire Killing Kit at Christie's Auction house in Brompton west London June 7, 2010. The 19th century kit - with later additions - includes a wooden box lined with velvet encasing the essentials once thought necessary to keep vampires at bay, including wooden stakes, a crucifix, vials for holy water, garlic powder, a bible, and a pistol, and is expected to fetch up to £1800 when it comes to auction...more

An employee poses with the Vampire Killing Kit at Christie's Auction house in Brompton west London June 7, 2010. The 19th century kit - with later additions - includes a wooden box lined with velvet encasing the essentials once thought necessary to keep vampires at bay, including wooden stakes, a crucifix, vials for holy water, garlic powder, a bible, and a pistol, and is expected to fetch up to £1800 when it comes to auction on June 8. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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