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<p>A customer reacts as an "ear cleaner" works on his ear in Mumbai, India, September 27, 2010. Traditional "ear cleaners" are common in the old quarters of many Indian towns, and roam about the streets in search of customers looking for relief from itches and discomforts. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A customer reacts as an "ear cleaner" works on his ear in Mumbai, India, September 27, 2010. Traditional "ear cleaners" are common in the old quarters of many Indian towns, and roam about the streets in search of customers looking for relief from...more

A customer reacts as an "ear cleaner" works on his ear in Mumbai, India, September 27, 2010. Traditional "ear cleaners" are common in the old quarters of many Indian towns, and roam about the streets in search of customers looking for relief from itches and discomforts. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>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 </p>

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...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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<p>Chimpanzee groom Yangyang (L) kisses his bride Wanxing during their symbolic wedding at Hefei Wildlife Park in Hefei, Anhui province September 28, 2010. Four-year-old Guinea born Yangyang moved to the Hefei Wildlife Park after it was selected as six-year-old Wanxing's partner by the park in 2009, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Chimpanzee groom Yangyang (L) kisses his bride Wanxing during their symbolic wedding at Hefei Wildlife Park in Hefei, Anhui province September 28, 2010. Four-year-old Guinea born Yangyang moved to the Hefei Wildlife Park after it was selected as...more

Chimpanzee groom Yangyang (L) kisses his bride Wanxing during their symbolic wedding at Hefei Wildlife Park in Hefei, Anhui province September 28, 2010. Four-year-old Guinea born Yangyang moved to the Hefei Wildlife Park after it was selected as six-year-old Wanxing's partner by the park in 2009, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Team Europe supporters watch play on the second day of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales October 2, 2010 REUTERS/Brian Snyder </p>

Team Europe supporters watch play on the second day of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales October 2, 2010 REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Team Europe supporters watch play on the second day of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales October 2, 2010 REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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<p>A man streaks across the 18th green on the fourth day of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh </p>

A man streaks across the 18th green on the fourth day of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

A man streaks across the 18th green on the fourth day of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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<p>A employee poses with the Black Horse Lamp displayed inside a hotel in Taipei September 27, 2010. The piece was conceptualised by design house Moooi of the Netherlands and is made from PVC/cotton on a metal structure. REUTERS/Nicky Loh </p>

A employee poses with the Black Horse Lamp displayed inside a hotel in Taipei September 27, 2010. The piece was conceptualised by design house Moooi of the Netherlands and is made from PVC/cotton on a metal structure. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

A employee poses with the Black Horse Lamp displayed inside a hotel in Taipei September 27, 2010. The piece was conceptualised by design house Moooi of the Netherlands and is made from PVC/cotton on a metal structure. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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<p>Dr. Elena Bodnar holds up one of her 'Emergency Bras', as John Durant (R), Director of the MIT Museum, and Gus Rancatore wear the bras as facemasks, at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 28, 2010. Elena Bodnar of Hinsdale, Illinois and colleagues who designed and patented the bra that can be quickly converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander, won the 2009 Ig Nobel Public Health Prize. REUTERS/Adam Hunger </p>

Dr. Elena Bodnar holds up one of her 'Emergency Bras', as John Durant (R), Director of the MIT Museum, and Gus Rancatore wear the bras as facemasks, at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 28, 2010. Elena Bodnar of Hinsdale, Illinois...more

Dr. Elena Bodnar holds up one of her 'Emergency Bras', as John Durant (R), Director of the MIT Museum, and Gus Rancatore wear the bras as facemasks, at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 28, 2010. Elena Bodnar of Hinsdale, Illinois and colleagues who designed and patented the bra that can be quickly converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander, won the 2009 Ig Nobel Public Health Prize. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

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<p>A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora as part of his Spring/Summer 2011 women's collection during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol </p>

A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora as part of his Spring/Summer 2011 women's collection during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora as part of his Spring/Summer 2011 women's collection during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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<p>Japanese electronics parts maker Murata Electronics' "Murata Seiko-chan" displays its unicycle riding skill at its demonstration at CEATEC JAPAN 2010 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, October 5, 2010. The 50 cm tall-unicycle robot can keep its balance while making S shaped curve, the company said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Japanese electronics parts maker Murata Electronics' "Murata Seiko-chan" displays its unicycle riding skill at its demonstration at CEATEC JAPAN 2010 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, October 5, 2010. The 50 cm tall-unicycle robot can keep its balance while...more

Japanese electronics parts maker Murata Electronics' "Murata Seiko-chan" displays its unicycle riding skill at its demonstration at CEATEC JAPAN 2010 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, October 5, 2010. The 50 cm tall-unicycle robot can keep its balance while making S shaped curve, the company said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>A pair of penguins dressed as bride and groom are seen during a symbolic mass wedding for penguins at the Dalian Sun Asia Ocean World in Liaoning province, China, October 1, 2010. The oceanarium held a symbolic mass wedding for four pairs of penguins on Friday to attract visitors and with the hope that the penguins will breed, local media reported. REUTERS/Jacky Chen </p>

A pair of penguins dressed as bride and groom are seen during a symbolic mass wedding for penguins at the Dalian Sun Asia Ocean World in Liaoning province, China, October 1, 2010. The oceanarium held a symbolic mass wedding for four pairs of penguins...more

A pair of penguins dressed as bride and groom are seen during a symbolic mass wedding for penguins at the Dalian Sun Asia Ocean World in Liaoning province, China, October 1, 2010. The oceanarium held a symbolic mass wedding for four pairs of penguins on Friday to attract visitors and with the hope that the penguins will breed, local media reported. REUTERS/Jacky Chen

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<p>Allison Levine of Seattle photographs a roadside sign, depicting a little boy urinating on a mock campaign sign promoting U.S. Senatorial Republican candidate Dino Rossi, alongside State Route 530 in rural Washington State on October 2, 2010. Rossi is vying for the Senate position held by 18-year incumbent Democrat Patty Murray in the November 2, 2010 general election. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante </p>

Allison Levine of Seattle photographs a roadside sign, depicting a little boy urinating on a mock campaign sign promoting U.S. Senatorial Republican candidate Dino Rossi, alongside State Route 530 in rural Washington State on October 2, 2010. Rossi...more

Allison Levine of Seattle photographs a roadside sign, depicting a little boy urinating on a mock campaign sign promoting U.S. Senatorial Republican candidate Dino Rossi, alongside State Route 530 in rural Washington State on October 2, 2010. Rossi is vying for the Senate position held by 18-year incumbent Democrat Patty Murray in the November 2, 2010 general election. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

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<p>A man on rollerblades is pulled by a horse during the farmers' horse and trotter race event in Schwarzenburg near Bern October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer </p>

A man on rollerblades is pulled by a horse during the farmers' horse and trotter race event in Schwarzenburg near Bern October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

A man on rollerblades is pulled by a horse during the farmers' horse and trotter race event in Schwarzenburg near Bern October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

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<p>Participants in the Mp3 Experiment hide in ivy in New York's Bryant Park October 2, 2010. The event, organised by Improv Everywhere, involves hundreds of participants listening to a synchronized mp3 file and following the narrated instructions on a list of quirky actions. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi </p>

Participants in the Mp3 Experiment hide in ivy in New York's Bryant Park October 2, 2010. The event, organised by Improv Everywhere, involves hundreds of participants listening to a synchronized mp3 file and following the narrated instructions on a...more

Participants in the Mp3 Experiment hide in ivy in New York's Bryant Park October 2, 2010. The event, organised by Improv Everywhere, involves hundreds of participants listening to a synchronized mp3 file and following the narrated instructions on a list of quirky actions. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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<p>European Beard Championship prize winners in the category chin-beard and mutton-chops imperial, Franz Mitterhauser of Austria, Juergen Burkhard of Germany and Herve Diebolt of France (L-R) pose for photographers reacts during the European Beard Championships in Leogang, some 70 kilometres (44 miles) southwest of Salzburg, October 2, 2010. More than 150 competitors took part in 17 categories to win the prize for the most attractive, fancy and eccentric beard. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer </p>

European Beard Championship prize winners in the category chin-beard and mutton-chops imperial, Franz Mitterhauser of Austria, Juergen Burkhard of Germany and Herve Diebolt of France (L-R) pose for photographers reacts during the European Beard...more

European Beard Championship prize winners in the category chin-beard and mutton-chops imperial, Franz Mitterhauser of Austria, Juergen Burkhard of Germany and Herve Diebolt of France (L-R) pose for photographers reacts during the European Beard Championships in Leogang, some 70 kilometres (44 miles) southwest of Salzburg, October 2, 2010. More than 150 competitors took part in 17 categories to win the prize for the most attractive, fancy and eccentric beard. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

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<p>Langur monkeys sit on a pavement near Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi September 28, 2010. Langur monkeys are used in parts of New Delhi to scare away other monkeys who create a menace around the Commonwealth Games venues, a New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official said on Monday. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma </p>

Langur monkeys sit on a pavement near Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi September 28, 2010. Langur monkeys are used in parts of New Delhi to scare away other monkeys who create a menace...more

Langur monkeys sit on a pavement near Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi September 28, 2010. Langur monkeys are used in parts of New Delhi to scare away other monkeys who create a menace around the Commonwealth Games venues, a New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official said on Monday. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

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<p>Participants pick themselves up after falling in a high heels race organized by a woman's magazine in Ljubljana's old city center October 2, 2010. Twenty contestants competed in the race, which is in its fourth year running, wearing heels at least 8 cm (3.15 inch) high. REUTERS/Bor Slana </p>

Participants pick themselves up after falling in a high heels race organized by a woman's magazine in Ljubljana's old city center October 2, 2010. Twenty contestants competed in the race, which is in its fourth year running, wearing heels at least 8...more

Participants pick themselves up after falling in a high heels race organized by a woman's magazine in Ljubljana's old city center October 2, 2010. Twenty contestants competed in the race, which is in its fourth year running, wearing heels at least 8 cm (3.15 inch) high. REUTERS/Bor Slana

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<p>Piglets compete in pig races, as part of the Golden Autumn 2010 agricultural exhibition, in Moscow, October 2, 2010. The international competition involves competing teams from six countries with the winner being awarded a medal and a cup with strawberry chantilly during the two-day marathon, according to local media. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin </p>

Piglets compete in pig races, as part of the Golden Autumn 2010 agricultural exhibition, in Moscow, October 2, 2010. The international competition involves competing teams from six countries with the winner being awarded a medal and a cup with...more

Piglets compete in pig races, as part of the Golden Autumn 2010 agricultural exhibition, in Moscow, October 2, 2010. The international competition involves competing teams from six countries with the winner being awarded a medal and a cup with strawberry chantilly during the two-day marathon, according to local media. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>A sculpture called "crippled hand" from Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan is placed in front of stock exchange palace in Milan September 25, 2010. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini</p>

A sculpture called "crippled hand" from Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan is placed in front of stock exchange palace in Milan September 25, 2010. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

A sculpture called "crippled hand" from Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan is placed in front of stock exchange palace in Milan September 25, 2010. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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<p>A swing seat made out of alligator skin is seen at Bolivian Karen Salvatierra's house in the outskirts of Trinidad in Beni province, October 5, 2010. Karen and her family breed wild animals such as snakes and yacares as pets and conduct demonstrations for visitors. REUTERS/David Mercado </p>

A swing seat made out of alligator skin is seen at Bolivian Karen Salvatierra's house in the outskirts of Trinidad in Beni province, October 5, 2010. Karen and her family breed wild animals such as snakes and yacares as pets and conduct...more

A swing seat made out of alligator skin is seen at Bolivian Karen Salvatierra's house in the outskirts of Trinidad in Beni province, October 5, 2010. Karen and her family breed wild animals such as snakes and yacares as pets and conduct demonstrations for visitors. REUTERS/David Mercado

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<p>A pig listens to music inside its pen at a farm in Nyirangarama in Northern Rwanda, September 28, 2010. Gerald Sina, director of Urwibutso, a farm attached to a popular truck-stop, has been rearing pigs with music, a technique he discovered in Belgium six years ago and is said to have doubled yields in terms of number of offspring, the quality of the meat and their weight. His litter of musical swine also helps combat poverty using a traditional method of wealth distribution. REUTERS/Hereward Holland </p>

A pig listens to music inside its pen at a farm in Nyirangarama in Northern Rwanda, September 28, 2010. Gerald Sina, director of Urwibutso, a farm attached to a popular truck-stop, has been rearing pigs with music, a technique he discovered in...more

A pig listens to music inside its pen at a farm in Nyirangarama in Northern Rwanda, September 28, 2010. Gerald Sina, director of Urwibutso, a farm attached to a popular truck-stop, has been rearing pigs with music, a technique he discovered in Belgium six years ago and is said to have doubled yields in terms of number of offspring, the quality of the meat and their weight. His litter of musical swine also helps combat poverty using a traditional method of wealth distribution. REUTERS/Hereward Holland

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