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<p>Wu Xubin, 26, a calligraphist, uses his nose to write Chinese calligraphy at his home in Changzhi, Shanxi province November 10, 2008. Wu began to practice calligraphy at the age of 10 and to "write" with his nose after a sudden inspiration he had while in university six years ago, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Wu Xubin, 26, a calligraphist, uses his nose to write Chinese calligraphy at his home in Changzhi, Shanxi province November 10, 2008. Wu began to practice calligraphy at the age of 10 and to "write" with his nose after a sudden inspiration he had...more

Wu Xubin, 26, a calligraphist, uses his nose to write Chinese calligraphy at his home in Changzhi, Shanxi province November 10, 2008. Wu began to practice calligraphy at the age of 10 and to "write" with his nose after a sudden inspiration he had while in university six years ago, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A man walks inside an inflatable air-cushioned ball in Singapore's Central Business District November 11, 2008. A concept from New Zealand, the ball allows people to be secured inside it, and can be rolled down hills at high speed. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash </p>

A man walks inside an inflatable air-cushioned ball in Singapore's Central Business District November 11, 2008. A concept from New Zealand, the ball allows people to be secured inside it, and can be rolled down hills at high speed. REUTERS/Vivek...more

A man walks inside an inflatable air-cushioned ball in Singapore's Central Business District November 11, 2008. A concept from New Zealand, the ball allows people to be secured inside it, and can be rolled down hills at high speed. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>The Ruta 69 team competes during the Red Bull Flugtag Mexico 2008 in Cuemanco, Mexico City November 9, 2008. Competitors attempt to make a human-powered flying machine that can fly the longest distance to win the Flugtag competition. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar</p>

The Ruta 69 team competes during the Red Bull Flugtag Mexico 2008 in Cuemanco, Mexico City November 9, 2008. Competitors attempt to make a human-powered flying machine that can fly the longest distance to win the Flugtag competition. REUTERS/Daniel...more

The Ruta 69 team competes during the Red Bull Flugtag Mexico 2008 in Cuemanco, Mexico City November 9, 2008. Competitors attempt to make a human-powered flying machine that can fly the longest distance to win the Flugtag competition. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>Brazil's Melanie Nunes Fronckowiak (R) and France's Saiba Bombote (L) pose after they won the final of the"Most Beautiful Bottom in the World" competition in Paris November 12, 2008. Some 45 finalists from 26 different countries took part in the competition to win a modelling contract and 15,000 euros ($18,769) prize money. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler </p>

Brazil's Melanie Nunes Fronckowiak (R) and France's Saiba Bombote (L) pose after they won the final of the"Most Beautiful Bottom in the World" competition in Paris November 12, 2008. Some 45 finalists from 26 different countries took part in the...more

Brazil's Melanie Nunes Fronckowiak (R) and France's Saiba Bombote (L) pose after they won the final of the"Most Beautiful Bottom in the World" competition in Paris November 12, 2008. Some 45 finalists from 26 different countries took part in the competition to win a modelling contract and 15,000 euros ($18,769) prize money. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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<p>Greenpeace activists protest against German automobile politics in front of Reichstag building in Berlin October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke</p>

Greenpeace activists protest against German automobile politics in front of Reichstag building in Berlin October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Greenpeace activists protest against German automobile politics in front of Reichstag building in Berlin October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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<p>Art installations of skeletons are seen in a theatre where artists assembled an altar for the Dead in Mexico City's Zocalo main square, near the presidential palace October 29, 2008. REUTERS/Henry Romero</p>

Art installations of skeletons are seen in a theatre where artists assembled an altar for the Dead in Mexico City's Zocalo main square, near the presidential palace October 29, 2008. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Art installations of skeletons are seen in a theatre where artists assembled an altar for the Dead in Mexico City's Zocalo main square, near the presidential palace October 29, 2008. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>Britain's Prince Charles smells a mushroom as he meets Japanese farmers at the Enmei tea factory in Shinano, central Japan, October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Britain's Prince Charles smells a mushroom as he meets Japanese farmers at the Enmei tea factory in Shinano, central Japan, October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Britain's Prince Charles smells a mushroom as he meets Japanese farmers at the Enmei tea factory in Shinano, central Japan, October 30, 2008. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Judges prepare to measure the beard of Sarwan Singh during a ceremony in Surrey, British Columbia November 11, 2008. Singh was attempting to break the Guinness World Record. Singh's beard measured at 1.895 meters (6.2 feet). REUTERS/Andy Clark </p>

Judges prepare to measure the beard of Sarwan Singh during a ceremony in Surrey, British Columbia November 11, 2008. Singh was attempting to break the Guinness World Record. Singh's beard measured at 1.895 meters (6.2 feet). REUTERS/Andy Clark more

Judges prepare to measure the beard of Sarwan Singh during a ceremony in Surrey, British Columbia November 11, 2008. Singh was attempting to break the Guinness World Record. Singh's beard measured at 1.895 meters (6.2 feet). REUTERS/Andy Clark

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<p>An acrobat performs during the DVD release of "Kung Fu Panda" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California November 9, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni </p>

An acrobat performs during the DVD release of "Kung Fu Panda" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California November 9, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

An acrobat performs during the DVD release of "Kung Fu Panda" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California November 9, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>A man poses with a hyena along a street in Lagos, Nigeria, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye </p>

A man poses with a hyena along a street in Lagos, Nigeria, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

A man poses with a hyena along a street in Lagos, Nigeria, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

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<p>A man dressed as a city gentleman walks across a tightrope in London's financial district November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird </p>

A man dressed as a city gentleman walks across a tightrope in London's financial district November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

A man dressed as a city gentleman walks across a tightrope in London's financial district November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

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<p>A model presents a creation during a chocolate fashion show in New York November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

A model presents a creation during a chocolate fashion show in New York November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A model presents a creation during a chocolate fashion show in New York November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Two impersonators wear Barack Obama and John McCain masks during a photocall organized by a bookmakers, in central London November 3, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning</p>

Two impersonators wear Barack Obama and John McCain masks during a photocall organized by a bookmakers, in central London November 3, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Two impersonators wear Barack Obama and John McCain masks during a photocall organized by a bookmakers, in central London November 3, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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<p>Actors dressed as Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) and a city "fat cat'' banker lie in bed together outside London's Bank of England during a publicity stunt by anti-poverty and environmental groups November 10, 2008. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett </p>

Actors dressed as Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) and a city "fat cat'' banker lie in bed together outside London's Bank of England during a publicity stunt by anti-poverty and environmental groups November 10, 2008. REUTERS/Suzanne...more

Actors dressed as Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) and a city "fat cat'' banker lie in bed together outside London's Bank of England during a publicity stunt by anti-poverty and environmental groups November 10, 2008. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

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<p>Stockbreeders with thousands of sheep simulate a transhumance in the streets of Marseille, November 9, 2008. Sheep farmers in southeastern France demonstrated, denouncing the crisis of the ovine sector and to increase public awareness of the fate of the stockbreeders. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier </p>

Stockbreeders with thousands of sheep simulate a transhumance in the streets of Marseille, November 9, 2008. Sheep farmers in southeastern France demonstrated, denouncing the crisis of the ovine sector and to increase public awareness of the fate of...more

Stockbreeders with thousands of sheep simulate a transhumance in the streets of Marseille, November 9, 2008. Sheep farmers in southeastern France demonstrated, denouncing the crisis of the ovine sector and to increase public awareness of the fate of the stockbreeders. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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<p>Reuters reporter Jon Decker shows his bandaged finger after he was bitten by President George W. Bush's dog Barney at the White House in Washington, November 6, 2008. Decker was treated by the White House physician after the Scottish terrier bit Decker when Decker reached to pet him. REUTERS/Larry Downing </p>

Reuters reporter Jon Decker shows his bandaged finger after he was bitten by President George W. Bush's dog Barney at the White House in Washington, November 6, 2008. Decker was treated by the White House physician after the Scottish terrier bit...more

Reuters reporter Jon Decker shows his bandaged finger after he was bitten by President George W. Bush's dog Barney at the White House in Washington, November 6, 2008. Decker was treated by the White House physician after the Scottish terrier bit Decker when Decker reached to pet him. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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<p>Australian and Indian players lie on the ground as bees fly over the pitch on the third day of their third test cricket match in New Delhi October 31, 2008. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

Australian and Indian players lie on the ground as bees fly over the pitch on the third day of their third test cricket match in New Delhi October 31, 2008. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Australian and Indian players lie on the ground as bees fly over the pitch on the third day of their third test cricket match in New Delhi October 31, 2008. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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