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<p>A hot air balloon in the shape of Darth Vader flies with others during the Hot Air Balloons Festival in Leon, Mexico, November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Armas </p>

A hot air balloon in the shape of Darth Vader flies with others during the Hot Air Balloons Festival in Leon, Mexico, November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Armas

A hot air balloon in the shape of Darth Vader flies with others during the Hot Air Balloons Festival in Leon, Mexico, November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Armas

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<p>Two protestors from the 'Put People First' action group perform hand stands to protest during the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in St Andrews, Scotland November 7,2009. REUTERS/David Moir </p>

Two protestors from the 'Put People First' action group perform hand stands to protest during the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in St Andrews, Scotland November 7,2009. REUTERS/David Moir

Two protestors from the 'Put People First' action group perform hand stands to protest during the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in St Andrews, Scotland November 7,2009. REUTERS/David Moir

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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>A holy water automatic dispenser is seen in a church in Fornaci Di Briosco, around 40 km (25 miles) north of Milan November 10, 2009. Parishes in northern Italy have begun installing automatic holy water dispensers in churches to allow the faithful to make the sign of the cross without the fear of catching H1N1 swine flu when using communal water fonts. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini </p>

A holy water automatic dispenser is seen in a church in Fornaci Di Briosco, around 40 km (25 miles) north of Milan November 10, 2009. Parishes in northern Italy have begun installing automatic holy water dispensers in churches to allow the faithful...more

A holy water automatic dispenser is seen in a church in Fornaci Di Briosco, around 40 km (25 miles) north of Milan November 10, 2009. Parishes in northern Italy have begun installing automatic holy water dispensers in churches to allow the faithful to make the sign of the cross without the fear of catching H1N1 swine flu when using communal water fonts. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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<p>French architect Frederic Tabary poses inside the "Hamster's Villa", imagined and conceived by Tabary together with architect Yann Falquerho, during an interview with Reuters in Nantes, western France, November 8, 2009. For 99 euros ($148) a night, guests can sleep in the 18th century caretaker's room designed to give the impression of living in a hamster's cage, complete with a 2-metre wheel to run in. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe </p>

French architect Frederic Tabary poses inside the "Hamster's Villa", imagined and conceived by Tabary together with architect Yann Falquerho, during an interview with Reuters in Nantes, western France, November 8, 2009. For 99 euros ($148) a night,...more

French architect Frederic Tabary poses inside the "Hamster's Villa", imagined and conceived by Tabary together with architect Yann Falquerho, during an interview with Reuters in Nantes, western France, November 8, 2009. For 99 euros ($148) a night, guests can sleep in the 18th century caretaker's room designed to give the impression of living in a hamster's cage, complete with a 2-metre wheel to run in. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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<p>People in swimsuits dance during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest swimwear parade at one time, in Sydney November 12, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz </p>

People in swimsuits dance during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest swimwear parade at one time, in Sydney November 12, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

People in swimsuits dance during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest swimwear parade at one time, in Sydney November 12, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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<p>Thai and Japanese youths attempt to pull a Japanese aircraft at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok November 7, 2009. About 222 youths took part in the event as part of a campaign to promote relationships between Thailand and Japan. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom </p>

Thai and Japanese youths attempt to pull a Japanese aircraft at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok November 7, 2009. About 222 youths took part in the event as part of a campaign to promote relationships between Thailand and Japan. REUTERS/Chaiwat...more

Thai and Japanese youths attempt to pull a Japanese aircraft at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok November 7, 2009. About 222 youths took part in the event as part of a campaign to promote relationships between Thailand and Japan. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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<p>Schoolgirls in costumes take a break on a bench during the monthly Seoul Comic World event in Seoul November 15, 2009. Cosplay, made up of the words "costume" and "role play", is a fan labour type of performance art which involves dressing as characters from comic books, animations, graphic novels, video games and fantasy movies. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak </p>

Schoolgirls in costumes take a break on a bench during the monthly Seoul Comic World event in Seoul November 15, 2009. Cosplay, made up of the words "costume" and "role play", is a fan labour type of performance art which involves dressing as...more

Schoolgirls in costumes take a break on a bench during the monthly Seoul Comic World event in Seoul November 15, 2009. Cosplay, made up of the words "costume" and "role play", is a fan labour type of performance art which involves dressing as characters from comic books, animations, graphic novels, video games and fantasy movies. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>People carry a turd-shaped balloon during a march to protest against the lifting of a U.S. beef ban by the Taiwan government, in Taipei November 14, 2009. A few thousand protesters marched towards the Presidential Office against the decision to reopen markets to U.S. bone-in beef, most likely in November, ending a six-year import ban that was in place over fears of mad cow disease. REUTERS/Nicky Loh </p>

People carry a turd-shaped balloon during a march to protest against the lifting of a U.S. beef ban by the Taiwan government, in Taipei November 14, 2009. A few thousand protesters marched towards the Presidential Office against the decision to...more

People carry a turd-shaped balloon during a march to protest against the lifting of a U.S. beef ban by the Taiwan government, in Taipei November 14, 2009. A few thousand protesters marched towards the Presidential Office against the decision to reopen markets to U.S. bone-in beef, most likely in November, ending a six-year import ban that was in place over fears of mad cow disease. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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<p>A nurse demonstrates how to open a door using an ergonomic and anti-contamination Ulna door handle at a maternity hospital in Nantes, western France, November 17, 2009. Five thousand of the 88 euro Ulna handles have been sold in three months to hospitals and restaurants concerned about hygiene from pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) swine flu virus. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe </p>

A nurse demonstrates how to open a door using an ergonomic and anti-contamination Ulna door handle at a maternity hospital in Nantes, western France, November 17, 2009. Five thousand of the 88 euro Ulna handles have been sold in three months to...more

A nurse demonstrates how to open a door using an ergonomic and anti-contamination Ulna door handle at a maternity hospital in Nantes, western France, November 17, 2009. Five thousand of the 88 euro Ulna handles have been sold in three months to hospitals and restaurants concerned about hygiene from pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) swine flu virus. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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<p>Gaylord employee Katie Wilmeth walks past a display of penguin ice sculptures at the Gaylord National's ICE! exhibit, a 15,000-square-foot winter wonderland created from 2 million pounds of ice, at National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland, November 14, 2009. Forty artisans traveled to Gaylord National Resort from Harbin, China, to hand carve the walk-through attraction of holiday scenes. REUTERS/Molly Riley </p>

Gaylord employee Katie Wilmeth walks past a display of penguin ice sculptures at the Gaylord National's ICE! exhibit, a 15,000-square-foot winter wonderland created from 2 million pounds of ice, at National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland,...more

Gaylord employee Katie Wilmeth walks past a display of penguin ice sculptures at the Gaylord National's ICE! exhibit, a 15,000-square-foot winter wonderland created from 2 million pounds of ice, at National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland, November 14, 2009. Forty artisans traveled to Gaylord National Resort from Harbin, China, to hand carve the walk-through attraction of holiday scenes. REUTERS/Molly Riley

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<p>A so-called 'wine angel' poses as she is suspended by steel ropes and lifted up by a motorised winch in front of a wine storage tower in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel at Zurich airport November 17, 2009. The 16 meter high wine tower contains some 4000 bottles of wine and champagne and the 'wine angels' retrieve the bottles ordered by guests from the tower. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann </p>

A so-called 'wine angel' poses as she is suspended by steel ropes and lifted up by a motorised winch in front of a wine storage tower in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel at Zurich airport November 17, 2009. The 16 meter high wine tower contains...more

A so-called 'wine angel' poses as she is suspended by steel ropes and lifted up by a motorised winch in front of a wine storage tower in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel at Zurich airport November 17, 2009. The 16 meter high wine tower contains some 4000 bottles of wine and champagne and the 'wine angels' retrieve the bottles ordered by guests from the tower. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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<p>This combination of photos shows skulls that believers take to the church to be blessed during the Day of Skulls at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2009. Bolivians who keep close relatives' skulls at home as a macabre talisman flock to the cemetery chapel once a year to have the craniums blessed and to bring themselves good luck in the future. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares </p>

This combination of photos shows skulls that believers take to the church to be blessed during the Day of Skulls at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2009. Bolivians who keep close relatives' skulls at home as a macabre talisman flock to the...more

This combination of photos shows skulls that believers take to the church to be blessed during the Day of Skulls at the General Cemetery in La Paz November 8, 2009. Bolivians who keep close relatives' skulls at home as a macabre talisman flock to the cemetery chapel once a year to have the craniums blessed and to bring themselves good luck in the future. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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<p>A model presents a creation by graduates of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology during China Fashion Week in Beijing November 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

A model presents a creation by graduates of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology during China Fashion Week in Beijing November 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A model presents a creation by graduates of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology during China Fashion Week in Beijing November 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>A Shaolin monk performs during the show "The Holy Mountain" at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta November 6, 2009. The performance by Shaolin monks from China and Kalari fighters from India showcases Chinese Kung Fu and Kalaripayattu - an ancient Indian form of training which combines the respiration technique of meditation and relaxation with physical training. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi </p>

A Shaolin monk performs during the show "The Holy Mountain" at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta November 6, 2009. The performance by Shaolin monks from China and Kalari fighters from India showcases Chinese Kung Fu and Kalaripayattu -...more

A Shaolin monk performs during the show "The Holy Mountain" at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta November 6, 2009. The performance by Shaolin monks from China and Kalari fighters from India showcases Chinese Kung Fu and Kalaripayattu - an ancient Indian form of training which combines the respiration technique of meditation and relaxation with physical training. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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<p>Chinese artist Liu Bolin stands next to his sculpture titled "Burning Man Obama" as it is being tested at a workshop in Beijing November 11, 2009. The sculpture represents President Barack Obama's impact on the world. REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

Chinese artist Liu Bolin stands next to his sculpture titled "Burning Man Obama" as it is being tested at a workshop in Beijing November 11, 2009. The sculpture represents President Barack Obama's impact on the world. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chinese artist Liu Bolin stands next to his sculpture titled "Burning Man Obama" as it is being tested at a workshop in Beijing November 11, 2009. The sculpture represents President Barack Obama's impact on the world. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Chinese hairdresser Huang Xin works on his latest creation, a replica of President Barack Obama made from human hair, at his barbershop in Beijing November 14, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee</p>

Chinese hairdresser Huang Xin works on his latest creation, a replica of President Barack Obama made from human hair, at his barbershop in Beijing November 14, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chinese hairdresser Huang Xin works on his latest creation, a replica of President Barack Obama made from human hair, at his barbershop in Beijing November 14, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Friar Cesare Bonizzi, also known as Fratello Metallo (Metal Friar), performs a duet of what he called his last metal song recording with songwriter Diana Winter (R) at a studio in Granozzo con Monticello near Novara November 17, 2009. Italy's "Brother Metal," a 63-year-old Franciscan monk who became famous for singing in a heavy metal band -- habit and all - is quitting hard rock in favor of more subtle tones. He recorded his last metal song and said he will thereafter sing modern classical compositions. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo </p>

Friar Cesare Bonizzi, also known as Fratello Metallo (Metal Friar), performs a duet of what he called his last metal song recording with songwriter Diana Winter (R) at a studio in Granozzo con Monticello near Novara November 17, 2009. Italy's...more

Friar Cesare Bonizzi, also known as Fratello Metallo (Metal Friar), performs a duet of what he called his last metal song recording with songwriter Diana Winter (R) at a studio in Granozzo con Monticello near Novara November 17, 2009. Italy's "Brother Metal," a 63-year-old Franciscan monk who became famous for singing in a heavy metal band -- habit and all - is quitting hard rock in favor of more subtle tones. He recorded his last metal song and said he will thereafter sing modern classical compositions. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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<p>Former Polish President Lech Walesa is hit by a camera man on a Segway personal transporter after pushing the first domino block on the corner of the Reichstag Gate in Berlin November 9, 2009, during celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski </p>

Former Polish President Lech Walesa is hit by a camera man on a Segway personal transporter after pushing the first domino block on the corner of the Reichstag Gate in Berlin November 9, 2009, during celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the...more

Former Polish President Lech Walesa is hit by a camera man on a Segway personal transporter after pushing the first domino block on the corner of the Reichstag Gate in Berlin November 9, 2009, during celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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<p>Car designer Sudhakar Yadav drives a car in the shape of a snooker table during a promotional event in Hyderabad November 11, 2009.The car has three wheels with a 150cc engine and it can runs a maximum speed of 45 kph (28 mph). REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder </p>

Car designer Sudhakar Yadav drives a car in the shape of a snooker table during a promotional event in Hyderabad November 11, 2009.The car has three wheels with a 150cc engine and it can runs a maximum speed of 45 kph (28 mph). REUTERS/Krishnendu...more

Car designer Sudhakar Yadav drives a car in the shape of a snooker table during a promotional event in Hyderabad November 11, 2009.The car has three wheels with a 150cc engine and it can runs a maximum speed of 45 kph (28 mph). REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

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