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First Oz cat cafe, 'super cool bra' and more

Last updated on: May 21, 2012 08:44 IST

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Cat 'Luca' sleeps in his basket as a waitress serves some food to customers in Vienna's first cat cafe.

After three years of negotiations with city officials over hygiene issues, Austria opened its first cat cafe. 'Cafe Neko', Neko meaning cat in Japanese, was opened by Vienna resident Takako Ishimitsu, 47, from Japan.

Customers can stroke and interact with their five feline hosts, named Sonja, Thomas, Moritz, Luca and Momo, who all came from an animal shelter and now freely roam about the cafe and take naps. 

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Photographs: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

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Women stand on a performer who calls himself 'The Human Floor' as he lays on a bed of broken glass at the Watch City Festival celebrating Steampunk in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Steampunk is a movement that explores the notion of what the world might look like had modern technology been available at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Photographs: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

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Yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch helps a student through a yoga hand stand in her yoga class in Hartsdale, New York.

At 93 years old, Porchon-Lynch was named the world's oldest yoga teacher by the Guinness Book of World Records. 

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Photographs: Keith Bedford/Reuters

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A 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe is separated for disassembly in Chicago.

The sculpture -- 'Forever Marilyn' by artist Seward Johnson and based on a scene from the movie Seven Year Itch -- was taken down after being on display since last July.

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Photographs: Jim Young/Reuters

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A waitress poses inside an egg-shaped dining booth at an A380 theme restaurant during a media event before its official opening in Chongqing municipality.

The restaurant, named 'Special Enjoyment', is about 600 square metres in size, including the six private rooms, and can serve up to 110 customers, local media reported.

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Photographs: Reuters
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Tattoo artist Dave Hurban displays an iPod Nano which he has attached to his wrists through magnetic piercings in his wrist in New York. 

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Photographs: Keith Bedford/Reuters

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Models present lingerie maker Triumph's new concept bra, the 'Super Cool Bra', during its unveiling in Tokyo.

The bra, modeled after a miniature fishbowl, has gel material which is designed to take excess heat out of the body in its cups.

It was created so that women can feel refreshed during summer by wearing it, the lingerie maker said. Japan is headed for a power shortage this summer following the shutdown of all nuclear power reactors.

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Photographs: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
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A man stands behind the sculpture 'Woman in Tub' from 1988 by US artist Jeff Koons during a media preview at the Fondation Beyeler in the Swiss town of Riehen near Basel. The exhibition 'Jeff Koons' is open to the public from May 13 to September 2. 

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Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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French climber Alain Robert, also known as 'Spiderman', scales the 231 metre First Tower at the La Defense business district outside Paris.

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Photographs: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

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People walk out of a house, which was built upside down by Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozanski, in the western Austrian village of Terfens.

The project is meant to serve as a new tourist attraction in the area, and is now open for public viewing.

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Photographs: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

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A full-size model of Japan's robot animation character 'Gundam' stands in front of a shopping mall behind trees in Tokyo.

The 18-meter-tall 'Gundam' was installed to promote its entertainment facility 'Gundam Front Tokyo'.   

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Photographs: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
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A zombie greets runners arriving for the 'Run for Your Lives' 5K obstacle course race in Amesbury, Massachusetts. 

Runners face man-made and natural obstacles on the course, while being chased by zombies, who try to take 'health' flags off the runners' belts.  

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Photographs: Brian Snyder/Reuters

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Zhang Wuyi sits in his double-seater submarine during a test operation at an artificial pool near a shipyard in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Zhang, a 37-year-old local farmer, who is interested in scientific inventions, has made six miniature submarines with several fellow engineers, one of which was sold to a businessman in Dalian at a price of 100,000 yuan ($15,855) last October.

The submarines, mainly designed for harvesting aquatic products, such as sea cucumber, have a diving depth of 20-30 metres, and can travel for 10 hours, local media reported.

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Photographs: Reuters

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A man walks an old fashioned bicycle down the street at the Watch City Festival celebrating Steampunk in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Steampunk is a movement that explores the notion of what the world might look like had modern technology been available at the turn of the twentieth century. 

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Photographs: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

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Spectators wearing Rabbi costumes pose for photographs during the Sevens World Series at Twickenham Stadium in London.

Rugby sevens is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, and play shorter matches.  A total of 1,03,027 fans attended the two-day tournament with many of them wearing fancy dress.

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Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
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