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IN PICS: It's an odd, crazy world out there

Last updated on: January 3, 2013 09:04 IST

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

A reveller, dressed as a unicorn, celebrates the sunrise during the winter solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England.

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night of the year.

Photographer: Kieran Doherty/Reuters

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A farmer harvests rice next to the artist Suharyanto Tri's statue entitled 'Planting Brain' at Nitiprayan village in Bantul, near the ancient city of Yogyakarta.

Tri's work is a part of a outdoor sculpture exhibition called 'Last Harvest', that includes works from 30 artists who are voicing their concerns over diminishing agricultural land.

Photographer: Dwi Oblo/Reuters

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A lottery enthusiast dressed in costume attends the draw for the world's richest lottery, known as El Gordo or 'the fat one', in Madrid.

The total prize money of 2.5 billion euros ($3.32 billion) is split into thousands of cash prizes amongst hundreds of winning numbers.

Photographer: Susana Vera/Reuters

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A man dressed in a Santa Claus costume walks past sand sculptures of Santa Clauses created by the artist Sudarshan Pattnaik and his students as part of Christmas celebrations on a beach in Puri, Odisha.

Photographer: Stringer/Reuters

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Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club form a snake figure to symbolise the coming Year of the Snake in the Chinese lunar calendar, during their New Year celebration in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

Photographer: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

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A man is seen wrapped with pythons, some which include the Albino Burmese Python, as part of a show celebrating the coming Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar, while spectators look on, in Malabon city, north of Manila.

Photographer: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

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Guatemalan Firefighter Hector Chacon, dressed as Santa Claus, rappels down from the Belize bridge to give toys to children living in the area under the bridge, Guatemala City.

According the Guatemalan firefighters, they have been giving toys to the children living in the neighborhoods under the Belize bridge, a very poor area of the city, dressed as Santa Claus for 15 years.

Photographer: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

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Swimmers wearing Sumo wrestler costumes take part in the annual Tenby Boxing Day swim in Tenby, Wales.

Photographer: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

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A boy holds a piece of bread as residents massage one another beside the Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi.

 

Photographer: Kham/Reuters

 

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A cat sits at the nativity scene outside a church in Warsaw.

Photographer: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

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People dressed in green costumes imitating extra-terrestrials talk with journalists while in the view of Bugarach.

The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base.

Residents of the tiny southern French hamlet, are witness to a rising influx of Doomsday believers convinced it is the only place that will survive judgment day, December 21, 2012, as an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar.

Photographer: Jean-Philippe Arles/Reuters

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Sergey Kaunov, a member of a local winter swimmers' club, carries his bride Irina Kuzmenko out of water as they celebrate their wedding on the bank of Yenisey River where the air temperature was about -30 degrees Celsius in the Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

Irina does not practice winter bathing, but she did it on the day of their wedding after heating up in a sauna.

Photographer: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

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Performers Josh Zagoren (left) and Jacqueline Salamack wait backstage for their scene in their performance of 'A Klingon Christmas Carol' in Chicago.

The play is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale 'A Christmas Carol' and is translated into the Klingon language and adapted to Klingon culture. Klingons are a fictional alien culture that originated from the Star Trek television series.

Photographer: Jim Young/Reuters

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British explorer and endurance swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh dives into the sea at the North Pole.

Pugh swam one kilometre in 18 minutes and 50 seconds in temperatures of minus 1.8 degrees centigrade, wearing only briefs, cap and goggles, to highlight the impact of climate change. Picture taken in July 15, 2007.

Photographer: Reuters

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Students sit in a classroom doing eye exercises at a primary school for children of migrant workers in Shanghai.

The police broke up a small protest in Beijing in December calling for reform of China's divisive household registration system, an action prompted by a Shanghai schoolgirl's widely publicised plea for equal access to the education system.

Photographer: Darcy Holdorf/Reuters




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