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<p>Members of the Times Square Alliance perform an "air worthiness test" with confetti for New Year's Eve in New York December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Members of the Times Square Alliance perform an "air worthiness test" with confetti for New Year's Eve in New York December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Members of the Times Square Alliance perform an "air worthiness test" with confetti for New Year's Eve in New York December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>A diver clad in Japanese kimono swims with an eel next to a traditional New Year's decoration during a rehearsal for the New Year's attraction at Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A diver clad in Japanese kimono swims with an eel next to a traditional New Year's decoration during a rehearsal for the New Year's attraction at Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A diver clad in Japanese kimono swims with an eel next to a traditional New Year's decoration during a rehearsal for the New Year's attraction at Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo December 31, 2008. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A three-year old llama 'Socke' kisses its owner Nicole Doepper in her living room in the western town of Muelheim January 14, 2009. 'Socke' lives in the house of Doepper since its birth, when it was injured by other animals and had a leg amputated. The district veterinary office of Muelheim announced on Thursday to search an adequate animal husbandry for the llama.  REUTERS/Ina Fassbender </p>

A three-year old llama 'Socke' kisses its owner Nicole Doepper in her living room in the western town of Muelheim January 14, 2009. 'Socke' lives in the house of Doepper since its birth, when it was injured by other animals and had a leg amputated....more

A three-year old llama 'Socke' kisses its owner Nicole Doepper in her living room in the western town of Muelheim January 14, 2009. 'Socke' lives in the house of Doepper since its birth, when it was injured by other animals and had a leg amputated. The district veterinary office of Muelheim announced on Thursday to search an adequate animal husbandry for the llama. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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<p>A man rides in his cart, pulled by ponies, before the annual horse race organized by Orthodox believers in the Romanian village of Pietrosani, 45km (30 miles) north of Bucharest, on Epiphany Day January 6, 2009.  REUTERS/Mihai Barbu </p>

A man rides in his cart, pulled by ponies, before the annual horse race organized by Orthodox believers in the Romanian village of Pietrosani, 45km (30 miles) north of Bucharest, on Epiphany Day January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu

A man rides in his cart, pulled by ponies, before the annual horse race organized by Orthodox believers in the Romanian village of Pietrosani, 45km (30 miles) north of Bucharest, on Epiphany Day January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu

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<p>A carnival troop dressed as mad doctors parade the streets during a carnival in the village of Vevcani, some 170 km (106 miles) from the Macedonian capital Skopje, January 13, 2009. Vevcani village marks Orthodox St. Vasilij Day annually with a carnival that features a 1,400-year-old celebration with pagan roots. Highlights of the carnival include political satire where masked villagers act out current events. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski </p>

A carnival troop dressed as mad doctors parade the streets during a carnival in the village of Vevcani, some 170 km (106 miles) from the Macedonian capital Skopje, January 13, 2009. Vevcani village marks Orthodox St. Vasilij Day annually with a...more

A carnival troop dressed as mad doctors parade the streets during a carnival in the village of Vevcani, some 170 km (106 miles) from the Macedonian capital Skopje, January 13, 2009. Vevcani village marks Orthodox St. Vasilij Day annually with a carnival that features a 1,400-year-old celebration with pagan roots. Highlights of the carnival include political satire where masked villagers act out current events. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

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<p>Menachem Goldberg (rear) leans on a donkey as donkey dung sealed in plastic is displayed in Kfar Kedem in the Israeli village of Hoshaya, near the northern town of Nazareth December 22, 2008. Kfar Kedem recreates the daily life of a Galilean village 2000 years ago. Goldberg, managing director of Kfar Kedem, sells the donkey dung as a souvenir from the Holy Land. REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

Menachem Goldberg (rear) leans on a donkey as donkey dung sealed in plastic is displayed in Kfar Kedem in the Israeli village of Hoshaya, near the northern town of Nazareth December 22, 2008. Kfar Kedem recreates the daily life of a Galilean village...more

Menachem Goldberg (rear) leans on a donkey as donkey dung sealed in plastic is displayed in Kfar Kedem in the Israeli village of Hoshaya, near the northern town of Nazareth December 22, 2008. Kfar Kedem recreates the daily life of a Galilean village 2000 years ago. Goldberg, managing director of Kfar Kedem, sells the donkey dung as a souvenir from the Holy Land. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>Local Manager Gisela Olsson poses in the cockpit suite during a media preview in the Jumbo Hostel at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm January 14, 2009. Jumbo Hostel is a Boeing 747-200 jumbo jet that has been converted into a 25 room hotel and cafe and the cockpit has been converted into a deluxe suite. REUTERS/Fredrik Sandberg/SCANPIX </p>

Local Manager Gisela Olsson poses in the cockpit suite during a media preview in the Jumbo Hostel at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm January 14, 2009. Jumbo Hostel is a Boeing 747-200 jumbo jet that has been converted into a 25 room hotel and cafe and the...more

Local Manager Gisela Olsson poses in the cockpit suite during a media preview in the Jumbo Hostel at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm January 14, 2009. Jumbo Hostel is a Boeing 747-200 jumbo jet that has been converted into a 25 room hotel and cafe and the cockpit has been converted into a deluxe suite. REUTERS/Fredrik Sandberg/SCANPIX

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<p>A man with syringes and a spike inserted through his skin performs during a show at a nightclub in Singapore January 8, 2009.  REUTERS/Vivek Prakash </p>

A man with syringes and a spike inserted through his skin performs during a show at a nightclub in Singapore January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A man with syringes and a spike inserted through his skin performs during a show at a nightclub in Singapore January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>Paramilitary police recruits stand still as they balance hats on their heads during a training session at a military base in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Paramilitary police recruits stand still as they balance hats on their heads during a training session at a military base in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Paramilitary police recruits stand still as they balance hats on their heads during a training session at a military base in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A man with a dog on a specially constructed "ice-chair" is pushed by a woman on a frozen lake in Beijing December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

A man with a dog on a specially constructed "ice-chair" is pushed by a woman on a frozen lake in Beijing December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A man with a dog on a specially constructed "ice-chair" is pushed by a woman on a frozen lake in Beijing December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>A white whale balances an orange on its head to resemble a special New Year's rice cake called "Kagami-mochi" at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo December 30, 2008. The performance will be held officially at the aquarium from New Years to January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A white whale balances an orange on its head to resemble a special New Year's rice cake called "Kagami-mochi" at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo December 30, 2008. The performance will be held officially at the...more

A white whale balances an orange on its head to resemble a special New Year's rice cake called "Kagami-mochi" at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo December 30, 2008. The performance will be held officially at the aquarium from New Years to January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A sea lion named Jackie, biting a calligraphy brush, practices to write the word "ox" in Chinese characters at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo December 30, 2008, ahead of the Chinese year of the Ox. The performance will be held officially at the aquarium from New Years to January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A sea lion named Jackie, biting a calligraphy brush, practices to write the word "ox" in Chinese characters at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo December 30, 2008, ahead of the Chinese year of the Ox. The performance...more

A sea lion named Jackie, biting a calligraphy brush, practices to write the word "ox" in Chinese characters at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo December 30, 2008, ahead of the Chinese year of the Ox. The performance will be held officially at the aquarium from New Years to January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A man holds a pig on a leash while sitting outside his home in Santiago de Cuba December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut </p>

A man holds a pig on a leash while sitting outside his home in Santiago de Cuba December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

A man holds a pig on a leash while sitting outside his home in Santiago de Cuba December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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<p>Demonstrators dressed in Edwardian costume protest against the expansion of Heathrow Airport by picnicing inside the airport's Terminal 1, in London January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird </p>

Demonstrators dressed in Edwardian costume protest against the expansion of Heathrow Airport by picnicing inside the airport's Terminal 1, in London January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

Demonstrators dressed in Edwardian costume protest against the expansion of Heathrow Airport by picnicing inside the airport's Terminal 1, in London January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

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<p>Four men ride in a traditional wooden sledge during the annual Bavarian sledge race in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2009.  REUTERS/Alexandra Beier </p>

Four men ride in a traditional wooden sledge during the annual Bavarian sledge race in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Alexandra Beier

Four men ride in a traditional wooden sledge during the annual Bavarian sledge race in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Alexandra Beier

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<p>Men grill part of a sausage looped around a rack in Bucharest during a Guinness World Record event for the world's longest sausage December 27, 2008. The sausage measured 392 meters (1286 feet) and set a new world record. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu </p>

Men grill part of a sausage looped around a rack in Bucharest during a Guinness World Record event for the world's longest sausage December 27, 2008. The sausage measured 392 meters (1286 feet) and set a new world record. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu

Men grill part of a sausage looped around a rack in Bucharest during a Guinness World Record event for the world's longest sausage December 27, 2008. The sausage measured 392 meters (1286 feet) and set a new world record. REUTERS/Mihai Barbu

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<p>Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2009.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>People wearing a Reindeer hats swim across the Limmat river during a Christmas swimming event in Zurich December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann </p>

People wearing a Reindeer hats swim across the Limmat river during a Christmas swimming event in Zurich December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

People wearing a Reindeer hats swim across the Limmat river during a Christmas swimming event in Zurich December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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<p>A man rides a traditional wooden sledge loaded with hay during the annual Bavarian sledge race in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2009. The sledge race is an annual event commemorating the traditional method of bringing hay, straw and wood down from the Alpine mountains to the valley. REUTERS/Alexandra Beier </p>

A man rides a traditional wooden sledge loaded with hay during the annual Bavarian sledge race in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2009. The sledge race is an annual event commemorating the traditional method of bringing hay,...more

A man rides a traditional wooden sledge loaded with hay during the annual Bavarian sledge race in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2009. The sledge race is an annual event commemorating the traditional method of bringing hay, straw and wood down from the Alpine mountains to the valley. REUTERS/Alexandra Beier

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