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12 oddball photos from around the world

August 05, 2015 09:29 IST

The gallery of the strange and wacky events from across the world.


Festival-goers wrestle in the mud during the annual Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, South Korea. The mud, which is believed to have benefical effects on the skin due to its mineral content, is sourced from mud flats near Boryeong and transported to the beach by truck. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images


Ethnic Yao minority women brush their long hair near a creek, in Huangluo village of Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The village, known for the long hair of its female residents, attracts about 80,000 tourists a year. More than 80 women in the village have hair longer than 1.4 metres, with the longest reaching 2.2 metres, according to local media. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Competitors release their hens during the World Championship Hen Racing Championships in Bonsall, Britain. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

A woman (bottom) balance two men with her feet as students practice at an acrobatic school in Sanwang village, Anhui province, China. Photograph: Reuters

A participant launches a handbag in the 4th annual World Handbag Throwing Championships at Movie Park Germany in Bottrop, Germany. Athletes from across the globe gathered today to compete with four-member teams in disciplines including shot-put, crank-throw, freestyle and discus. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images


A man rides a improvised bicycle, which can travel through water, at a flooded street after heavy rainfall hit Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters


A scarecrow of Britain's Prince George and Princess Charlotte with their nanny stands in a garden during the Scarecrow Festival in Heather, Britain. The annual event asks residents of Heather to make scarecrow's to raise thousands of pounds for local groups and charities. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

A man shows his watermelon hat during the 21st Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra, Poland. An estimated 200,000 people attended the ongoing festival, a brainchild of Polish journalist and social campaigner Jerzy Owsiak. Owsiak initiated the event to say thank you to those who donated money to his GOCC charity organisation that delivers medical care for children. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

People dressed up as Vikings take part in the annual Viking festival of Catoira in north-western Spain. The festival re-enacts past Viking raids in the area and is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August. Photograph: Miguel Vidal/Reuters

A man throws a girl into the air during sunset as they spend time on the territory of Chersonesus Tavrichesky (Tauric Chersonesos) National Reserve in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea. Photograph: Pavel Rebrov/Reuters


A man reacts as he crawls under barbed wire during the Bravus Race in Brasilia. Bravus Race challenges competitors to overcome several obstacles over a course of up to 15 km (9.32 miles). Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

A Thai mother and child go down an icy slide at Harbin Ice Wonderland in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the last year, two new indoor cold weather venues, Snow Town and Harbin Ice Wonderland, have opened in Bangkok offering many Thais their first opportunity to visit a frozen, wintry landscape. Photograph: Taylor Weidman/Getty Images