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November 25, 2009

November 24, 2009

Princess Caroline of Monaco’s and son Andrea Casiraghi

Princess Caroline (at center of photo) awarded Order of Cultural Merit medals in Monaco on November 18. (Handout photo by Charly Gallo/CDP/ABACAPRESS.COM. Photo via Newscom.

Princess Caroline of Monaco’s son Andrea Casiraghi attended the 149th Hospices of Beaune charity wine auction on November 15 in Beaune, France


Amazing details at the recently renovated Julliard School at the Lincoln Center in New York, designed by Diller Scofidio. The stairs are awesome!

Taxis in China

Taxis lined up to get their gas tanks filled on a viaduct in Chongqing Tuesday 17 nov. Central and eastern Chinese provinces faced the worst natural gas shortage in years as supplies were diverted to snowstorm-hit northern China. (Stringer/Reuters)

Sigd colored umbrellas

Members of the Ethiopian-Jewish community celebrated the “Sigd” holiday in Jerusalem Monday16,nov. According to the Ethiopian tradition, the holiday marks the biblical union between the Jewish people and God. (Darren Whiteside/Reuters)

nice photos

Amazing Photos From National Geographic’s International Photography Contest 2009

Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim in front of Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands.
The Darvaza natural gas crater is located in the center of the Karakum Desert in the central Asian country of Turkmenistan. The crater resulted after a Soviet natural gas exploration accident in the 1950s and has been burning ever since.

November 23, 2009

The Simpsons: Then and Now

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Brazil,Miss Earth 2009

2nd to right
Miss Earth 2009 winners posing on the island of Boracay in Aklan province, central Philippines November 23, 2009. The winners are (L-R): Miss Earth Fire Alejandra Echevarria of Spain,20, Miss Earth Air Sandra Seifert of the Philippines, 25,Miss Earth Larissa Ramos of Brazil, 20(a biology student) and Miss Earth Water Jessica Barboza of Venezuela, 22 . Ramos beat about eighty contestants from around the world to win the Miss Earth 2009 title on Sunday.

Overweighted woman has surgery

out of her home
doing morning exercise
with her son
nurse taking her measures before surgery

Su Huiqing, a 32-year-old woman who weighs 150kg, walks out of her shabby house in Quanzhou city of east China's Fujian province, November 18, 2009. Doctors aim to reduce her weight from 150kg to 75kg during a year of free treatment and a surgery in Fuzhou. An overdose of hormone medicine was to be blame for her weight after the wrong diagnosis of an illness 15 years ago.

November 20, 2009

Markel building

Markel Building; Richmond, Virginia, USA
Here is the new sign outside Haigh Jamgochian's Markel Building."The Markel Corporation commissioned architect Haig Jamgochian, a Richmond native, to design their headquarters in 1962. The aluminum clad conical structure was inspired by a baked potato wrapped in foil served to Jamgochian while attending an American Institute of Architect's dinner. Each floor consists of a single piece of 555-foot aluminum. They are the longest unbroken pieces of aluminum ever used as siding material. Jamgochian personally sledge-hammered crinkles into the 3rd floor siding before contractors finished the job on the other two floors in 1965. The building is a unique architectural example of its era."


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Wine angel

A so-called 'wine angel' carries two bottles of wine as she is suspended by steel ropes and lifted up by a motorised winch in front of a wine storage tower in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel at Zurich airport November 17, 2009

November 14, 2009

China great wall in snow

Great Wall of China during a heavy snowfall on the outskirts of Beijing November 12, 2009

world's tallest dog

Guinness World Records officially named Titan, an ailing 4-year-old white Great Dane from San Diego, as the world's tallest dog.
Titan is blind, deaf, epileptic and undergoes acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments every three weeks, owner Diana Taylor said.
Great Danes are built like giraffes one way and submarines the other, Taylor said, so they have spine issues. Titan is doing well on his treatments and medication. He hasn't had a seizure in a year.He is a gentle soul who befriends everyone during his daily walks on the beach and is often mistaken by young children for a horse or cow, Taylor said.
Titan's official height, as measured by a veterinarian, is 42.25 inches from floor to shoulder. You could add eight inches if official measurements included the head, Guinness spokesman Stuart Claxton said.
Titan weighs 190 pounds and doesn't stand on his hind legs because it isn't good for him. If he did, Taylor figures he would stand 80 or 82 inches tall.
Titan takes over the title held by Gibson, a 7-year-old harlequin Great Dane from Grass Valley, Calif., who died earlier this year after battling bone cancer. He had measured 42.2 inches tall.

ملكة جمال العرب2009...Miss Arab World Contest 2009

تحت شعار "دعوة للحشمة والجمال"، فازت المتسابقة السعودية المحجبة مودة كمال مساء الإربعاء بلقب "الفتاة العربية المثالية لعام 2009" من بين 16 فتاة ينتمين إلى 16 دولة عربية تنافسن على اللقب الذي يُمنح للعام الرابع على التوالي
وكانت المسابقة التي اقيمت في العاصمة المصرية القاهرة بين الفترة 3-11 نوفمبر/تشرين ثاني تميزت هذا العام بأن تم تتويج جميع المتسابقات بألقاب. فنالت المتسابقة الكويتية لقب "فتاة الرياضة العربية" ، وحصلت السودانية على لقب "فتاة الثقافة العربية" ، والجزائرية على لقب "فتاة الصداقة العربية" ، والمصرية على لقب "فتاة الحضارة العربية" ، بينما حصلت المتسابقة الفلسطينية على لقب "فتاة السلام العربية" ، والليبية فازت بلقب "فتاة الطيبة العربية"
Mawadda Nour, from Saudi Arabia, receives congratulations from other contestants as she wins the "Miss Arab World 2009" pageant in Cairo, November 11, 2009.

found in closet sells for £2.4m

A woman who was given a self portrait by Andy Warhol in the 1960s but stashed in in a closet for 40 years, has sold it at auction for £2.4 million.
Cathy Naso had worked as a receptionist for Warhol at The Factory in New York when she was a teenager, and as a gift he had given her a self-portrait.Since then she kept it wrapped up at the back of her wardrobe - never hanging it on her wall.That was until she decided to cash in on it and put it up for auction at Sotheby's in Manhattan. It had been expected to sell for £750,000 but it far exceeded predictions by going for £2.4 million.

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