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IN PHOTOS: It's an odd world out there!

Last updated on: July 26, 2011 10:50 IST

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We bring you a collection of some of the odd moments from around the world in recent weeks.

Mr Wippy and his Team of Toppings take part, during heavy rain, in the Red Bull Flugtag event at Roundhay Park in Leeds, northern England.

Thirty four teams participated in the event, which saw enthusiasts competing to fly the longest distance in self-made aircrafts in an attempt to win the Flugtag contest, according to organisers.

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Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters



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No, these people are not protesting for a cause. These are the residents of Rawa Buaya in Indonesia's West Java province.These residents believe that the electrical energy from the tracks will cure them of various illnesses.

Those who need the 'railway therapy' simply lie on the tracks.

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Photograph: Enny Nuraheni /Reuters



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Italian free divers Mike Maric (R) and Ilaria Bonin kiss in an attempt to set the world record for the longest underwater kiss, in an oceanic tank at the Gardaland Sea Life Aquarium in Castelnuovo del Garda, northern Italy.

Maric and Bonin set the new world record at three minutes and eight seconds.

On the surface though, a Thai couple sealed the record for the longest kissing, after locking lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes on February 15, 2011.

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Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters



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Convention attendees in costume stand on a pedestrian bridge as they leave the convention center following the opening day the pop culture convention Comic Con in San Diego, California.

Comic Con is an annual comic book fan conevention held since 1970, and is also known as San Diego Comic-Con.

The four day even sees a gala gathering of publishers, film personalities and comic book fans, a large number of them dressed as their favourite characters.

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Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters



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The Royal Castle and the Sigismund's Column in the Old city of Warsaw are reflected in a soap bubble created by a street performer in the Old City of Warsaw, Poland.

The column was built to commemorate King Zygmunt III Waza, who was of Swedish origin and famous for moving the capital of Poland from Krakow to Warsaw in the 1595.

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Photograph: Peter Andrews



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A parade goer prepares to participate in San Diego's Gay Pride Parade in San Diego, July 16, 2011. The even is an annual two-day festival  with live entertainment, and is attended by thousands.

The first-ever gay pride parade was held in New York, on June 28, 1970.

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Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters



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A contestant performs with fire during the final round of China's Got Talent television show in Shanghai.

The second season of China's Got Talent, the local version of the United Kingdom series Britain's Got Talent, is estimated to draw more than 5,000 applicants and an audience of more than 35.5 million people.

The show has an Indian format as well, and is called India's Got Talent.

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Photograph: Carlos Barria



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An artist performs before the start of the ninth stage of the Tour de France 2011 cycling race from Issoire to Saint-Flour.

Rabobank rider Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain won the stage while Voeckler took the leader's yellow jersey.

The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 3,600 kilometres and lasts three weeks.

As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three Grand Tours, the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world.

The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race.

The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey.

The course changes every year, but the race has always finished in Paris. Since 1975, the climax of the final stage has been along the Champs- lys es.

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Photograph: Pascal Rossignol



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A boy reacts in fear as a "Kiliki" lifts up his hat during San Fermin festival's "Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudos" (Parade of the giants and the big heads) in Pamplona,l Spain.

Enormous puppets accompanied by brass bands parade daily through the city during the nine-day-long festival made popular by American writer Ernest Hemingway.

The giant figures themselves are 150 years old. They were built by the painter from Pamplona Tadeo Amorena in 1860, and represent four pairs of kings and queens of four different races and places (Europe, Asia, America and Africa).

Their size is around 4 metres each and are carried by a dancer inside a wooden structure. During the parade giants dance following the rhythm of traditional music.

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Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters


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Nikita, a pomeranian, gets a pedicure at a dog spa in Cainta, Metro Manila, Phillipines.

While dog grooming is becoming popular in major cities in the Philippines, local reports say about 500,000 dogs are killed as dog meat is considered a delicacy in some parts of the country.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Act prohibits torturing and killing of dogs for commercial sale.

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Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters



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A reveller poses with plastic cups as glasses on the fifth day of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

Visitors to the nine day festival, depicted in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, take part in activities including The Running Of The Bulls, an early morning half mile dash from the corral to the bullring alongside six bulls destined to die.

This is followed by processions of giant traditional figures, concerts, firebulls, fireworks, and large doses of eating, drinking, dancing and late nights.

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Photographs: Eloy Alonso/Reuters



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A man jokingly looks under the dress of a 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe in Chicago, July 15, 2011.

The sculpture Forever Marilyn by artist Seward Johnson, is based on a scene from the movie Seven Year Itch and will be on display until next spring.

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Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters



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Women covered in mineral-rich black mud walk on the bank of Tus lake in Russia's Khakassia region, about 370 km southwest of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

Russians from different regions annually arrive at Tus lake rich with curative black and blue mud to live in a camp, bathe in the bitter-salty water and smear themselves with mud, which is a healing remedy, in their opinion.

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Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters



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A Palestinian boy buries himself in the sand as he enjoys the warm weather at the Gaza City beach.

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Photograph:  Mohammed Salem/Reuters



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Smurfs figurines are displayed on a fountain during a photocall for the film The Smurfs in Cancun, Mexico.

The popular fictional characters were first introduced as a series of comic strips by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) on October 23, 1958.

The original term and the accompanying language came during a meal Peyo was having with his colleague and friend Andr Franquin in which, having momentarily forgotten the word "salt", Peyo asked him (in French) to pass the schtroumpf.

Franquin replied: "Here's the Schtroumpf -- when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back" and the two spent the rest of that weekend speaking in schtroumpf language.

The name was later translated into Dutch as Smurf, which was adopted in English.

Photograph: Victor Ruiz Garcia/Reuters



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