amazing eVents in pictures

An elephant stands next to the logo of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, while holding a cricket bat during the launch of the mascot's name, Stumpy, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Entertainers dressed as cartoon characters perform in a water skiing performance for tourists at Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre, eastern China's Shandong province.

A boy sits on the ice toilet at Ice Gallery in Seoul, South Korea.

Paramilitary policemen take part in a training session in a river on the outskirts of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China.

Chinese man has a rather unusual party trick - 'swallowing' poisonous creatures live. Li Peng happily puts snakes, scorpions, spiders and lizards into his mouth before pulling them back out again. The 21-year-old, from Tonghua in northeast China's Jilin Province, first learnt how to carry out the trick two years ago while was working in a bar.

A woman walks past an image of lips at a department store in Tokyo.

An artist displays her makeup at the 2010 Taiwan International Tattoo Convention in Taipei.

Students dressed as gladiators fight in the historic Roman amphitheatre in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, Austria. The students of Regensburg University are taking part in a two-week-long experiment where they live through the daily routines of gladiators in ancient Rome.

Performers dance during a military party in Beijing .

Students shout "I love mother and father" in Korean as they lift logs during a two-week summer military camp for civilians at the Cheongryong Self-denial Training Camp in Ansan, South Korea.

Peruvian military officers participate in a military parade marking the 189th anniversary of Peru's independence in Lima.

A man stretches himself during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing.

Charlie Timmins of Australia performs an air at Mt Albert during the Freestyle Day of the World Heli Challlenge at Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka, New Zealand.

Kent Couch (L) and John Freis (R) race over the plains of Oregon between their 70-mile journey from Bend to Paulina. Famed cluster balloonist Kent Couch is awaiting confirmation of a Guinness World Record hat trick. Fifty-year old Kent believes that he and his colleague John Freis, 59, may be the first men to compete in a cluster balloon race, as well as the first men to launch their cluster balloons simultaneously from the ground. In addition and most importantly, Kent believes that he may have broken the world altitude record of 18, 235 ft set by Englishman Mike Howard in 2001.

Palestinian children attending UNRWA's (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) Summer Games attempt to smash their own world record for the number of kites flown simultaneously on the beach in Gaza City.

A Chinese boy takes part in a dinosaur show in Beijing.

Thorntons Chocolate launch their new Christmas range for 2010 with models dressed as Santa and elves at the Coach Makers pub in central London

Did you know these informative ```

Did You Know That....


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Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.

Canada is an Indian word meaning ' Big Village '.

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Next to Warsaw , Chicago has the largest Polish population
in the world.

Damascus, Syria

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Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years
before Rome was founded in 753 BC,
making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world
located on two continents.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles' full name is:
El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula
-- and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

New York City

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The term 'The Big Apple' was coined
by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s
who used the slang expression 'apple' for any town or city.
Therefore, to play New York City
is to play the big time - The Big Apple.

There are more Irish in New York City
than in Dublin , Ireland ;
more Italians in New York City
than in Rome , Italy ;
and more Jews in New York City
than in Tel Aviv , Israel .


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The first city to reach a population of 1 million people
was Rome , Italy in 133 B.C.
There is a city called Rome on every continent.


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Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

Sahara Desert

In the Sahara Desert , there is a town named Tidikelt , Algeria ,
which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.
Technically though, the driest place on Earth
is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island .
There has been no rainfall there for two million years.


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Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits'.


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The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the
Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia .
It reached a depth of 12,261 meters
(about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles).
It was drilled for scientific research
and gave up some unexpected discoveries,
one of which was a huge deposit of hydrogen
- so massive that the mud coming from the hole
was boiling with it.


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The water of Angel Falls (the world's highest) in Venezuela
drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).
They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls .

In tHe eye of the storm ```

In the eye of the storm: The moment Mother Nature unleashes fury on Finland, injuring 40 people

These dramatic images were taken in the moments before a powerful thunderstorm struck parts of Finland.

The bad weather front is clearly visible as it approaches the skies above the capital Finland, moments before strong winds, heavy rain and lightning battered the city.

Forty people were injured in the storm, two of them seriously, as they enjoyed a heavy metal festival in the town of Pori.

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Eye of the storm: This picture shows the moments before a powerful storm hit Helsinki

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Calm: Revellers enjoy the Sonisphere festival as heavy rain can be seen falling from the storm front behind them

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Gale force: The storm damaged equipment belong to band Motley Crue and forced them to cancel their performance

Strong winds and lightning strikes badly damaged one of the stages at the Sonisphere Festival, and the equipment of several bands including Motley Crue was also ruined.

Organisers said in a statement: 'A severe thunderstorm hit (the) Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland. Strong freak wind gusts damaged the stages and knocked down tents and fences.

'Approximately 40 people were injured, two of them seriously.'

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Casualties: Forty people were injured at the Sonisphere festival in Pori when the storm damaged stages and electrical equipment

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Powerful: An aeroplane lies on its side after its undercarriage was damaged during the storm in Pori

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Sodden: Heavy metal fans were completely drenched as the sudden storm hit and one of the stages had to be abandoned

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Downpour: The skies above the Finland capital turn an ugly black as the storm approaches

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Black skies: The rain is on its way as the front moves above the city

A spokesman for the Met Office said: 'Storms of this intensity only occur with large towering cumulonimbus clouds, and looking at the pictures this was a particularly large storm, known as a super cell.'

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