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<p>People pose for photos with Christmas decorations in front of a shopping mall in Beijing December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee </p>

People pose for photos with Christmas decorations in front of a shopping mall in Beijing December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

People pose for photos with Christmas decorations in front of a shopping mall in Beijing December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>A fan poses with a giant football during celebrations at long street in Cape Town December 4, 2009.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko </p>

A fan poses with a giant football during celebrations at long street in Cape Town December 4, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A fan poses with a giant football during celebrations at long street in Cape Town December 4, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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<p>A model changes clothes as people look at a holiday window display for female clothing line XOXO in New York, December 3, 2009. The window display featuring two models acting out scenes and changing outfits as if living in a shared apartment is drawing crowds of onlookers to what creative director and designer Carol Powley calls "window theater". REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A model changes clothes as people look at a holiday window display for female clothing line XOXO in New York, December 3, 2009. The window display featuring two models acting out scenes and changing outfits as if living in a shared apartment is...more

A model changes clothes as people look at a holiday window display for female clothing line XOXO in New York, December 3, 2009. The window display featuring two models acting out scenes and changing outfits as if living in a shared apartment is drawing crowds of onlookers to what creative director and designer Carol Powley calls "window theater". REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A vendor naps beside packages of cabbages at a food market in Suining, Sichuan province December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A vendor naps beside packages of cabbages at a food market in Suining, Sichuan province December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A vendor naps beside packages of cabbages at a food market in Suining, Sichuan province December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Kim Hong-taek, 87, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, hula-hoops during his voluntary performance at the Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul December 15, 2009. Kim said that he hula-hoops to improve his health and at the same time provide entertainment to passers-by. The performance will continue throughout the Christmas season.  REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

Kim Hong-taek, 87, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, hula-hoops during his voluntary performance at the Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul December 15, 2009. Kim said that he hula-hoops to improve his health and at the same time provide entertainment to...more

Kim Hong-taek, 87, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, hula-hoops during his voluntary performance at the Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul December 15, 2009. Kim said that he hula-hoops to improve his health and at the same time provide entertainment to passers-by. The performance will continue throughout the Christmas season. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Hong Kong's Ip Hin Bon and Yu Po Man compete in the men's pair artistic cycling event at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu </p>

Hong Kong's Ip Hin Bon and Yu Po Man compete in the men's pair artistic cycling event at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong's Ip Hin Bon and Yu Po Man compete in the men's pair artistic cycling event at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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<p>Chefs and culinary students display 5,000 cheese-inspired dishes in an attempt to set a new world record at a coliseum in Manila December 14, 2009. The event aimed to beat the Guinness World Record of "The most number of dishes on display, in a single day" of 4,668 set by India in 2007. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo </p>

Chefs and culinary students display 5,000 cheese-inspired dishes in an attempt to set a new world record at a coliseum in Manila December 14, 2009. The event aimed to beat the Guinness World Record of "The most number of dishes on display, in a...more

Chefs and culinary students display 5,000 cheese-inspired dishes in an attempt to set a new world record at a coliseum in Manila December 14, 2009. The event aimed to beat the Guinness World Record of "The most number of dishes on display, in a single day" of 4,668 set by India in 2007. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

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<p>A woman looks at a model during an outdoor campaign for new male underpants that underwear company Unno says provide extra shape enhancement, in Madrid December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera </p>

A woman looks at a model during an outdoor campaign for new male underpants that underwear company Unno says provide extra shape enhancement, in Madrid December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A woman looks at a model during an outdoor campaign for new male underpants that underwear company Unno says provide extra shape enhancement, in Madrid December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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<p>Owner of the Malabon Zoo Manny Tangko kisses a Burmese python during a Christmas event inside the zoo, in metro Manila December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco </p>

Owner of the Malabon Zoo Manny Tangko kisses a Burmese python during a Christmas event inside the zoo, in metro Manila December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Owner of the Malabon Zoo Manny Tangko kisses a Burmese python during a Christmas event inside the zoo, in metro Manila December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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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>A girl holds a statuette of Milan's Duomo gothic cathedral, similar to the one which hit Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in downtown Milan, December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo</p>

A girl holds a statuette of Milan's Duomo gothic cathedral, similar to the one which hit Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in downtown Milan, December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

A girl holds a statuette of Milan's Duomo gothic cathedral, similar to the one which hit Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in downtown Milan, December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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<p>A participant speaks on a mobile phone as another playfully applies shaving cream on his face during a promotional event of an international shaving blade brand in Mumbai December 14, 2009. The event had 1,868 participants shaving simultaneously, which Gillette says is a world record. REUTERS/Arko Datta </p>

A participant speaks on a mobile phone as another playfully applies shaving cream on his face during a promotional event of an international shaving blade brand in Mumbai December 14, 2009. The event had 1,868 participants shaving simultaneously,...more

A participant speaks on a mobile phone as another playfully applies shaving cream on his face during a promotional event of an international shaving blade brand in Mumbai December 14, 2009. The event had 1,868 participants shaving simultaneously, which Gillette says is a world record. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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<p>An octagonal, three-bedroom, family home built on a rotating platform near Wingham, about 250km (155miles) north east of Sydney, is shown in this undated handout picture. The house, which cost about A$700,000 ($641,000) to build, can complete a full rotation in about 30 minutes according to it's owners. REUTERS/Handout </p>

An octagonal, three-bedroom, family home built on a rotating platform near Wingham, about 250km (155miles) north east of Sydney, is shown in this undated handout picture. The house, which cost about A$700,000 ($641,000) to build, can complete a full...more

An octagonal, three-bedroom, family home built on a rotating platform near Wingham, about 250km (155miles) north east of Sydney, is shown in this undated handout picture. The house, which cost about A$700,000 ($641,000) to build, can complete a full rotation in about 30 minutes according to it's owners. REUTERS/Handout

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<p>A capybara sits inside a hot tub with a cabbage leaf on its head at the Saitama Children's Zoo in Higashimatsuyama, north of Tokyo December 11, 2009. The zoo offers the "hot spa" to its family of capybara, the largest living rodent in the world, in the winter season to entertain zoo visitors. Cabbage is given to the capybaras as feed. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

A capybara sits inside a hot tub with a cabbage leaf on its head at the Saitama Children's Zoo in Higashimatsuyama, north of Tokyo December 11, 2009. The zoo offers the "hot spa" to its family of capybara, the largest living rodent in the world, in...more

A capybara sits inside a hot tub with a cabbage leaf on its head at the Saitama Children's Zoo in Higashimatsuyama, north of Tokyo December 11, 2009. The zoo offers the "hot spa" to its family of capybara, the largest living rodent in the world, in the winter season to entertain zoo visitors. Cabbage is given to the capybaras as feed. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>A woman makes the final touch to a cats Christmas Nativity Scene during the 12th Nativity Scenes tour of Luceram village, southeastern France, December 14, 2009. The exhibition of 400 Nativity Scenes runs from December 5, 2009 to January 3, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard </p>

A woman makes the final touch to a cats Christmas Nativity Scene during the 12th Nativity Scenes tour of Luceram village, southeastern France, December 14, 2009. The exhibition of 400 Nativity Scenes runs from December 5, 2009 to January 3, 2010....more

A woman makes the final touch to a cats Christmas Nativity Scene during the 12th Nativity Scenes tour of Luceram village, southeastern France, December 14, 2009. The exhibition of 400 Nativity Scenes runs from December 5, 2009 to January 3, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Clowns take part in an annual pilgrimage outside at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City December 16, 2009. About 600 clowns took part in the annual event to thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for helping them find work through the year, according to local media. REUTERS/Henry Romero </p>

Clowns take part in an annual pilgrimage outside at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City December 16, 2009. About 600 clowns took part in the annual event to thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for helping them find work through the year, according to...more

Clowns take part in an annual pilgrimage outside at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City December 16, 2009. About 600 clowns took part in the annual event to thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for helping them find work through the year, according to local media. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>A model displays a creation, inspired by the city, by a Palestinian designers during a fashion show in Jerusalem December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Ammar Awad </p>

A model displays a creation, inspired by the city, by a Palestinian designers during a fashion show in Jerusalem December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A model displays a creation, inspired by the city, by a Palestinian designers during a fashion show in Jerusalem December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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