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My kind of bull-running

July 15, 2010

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From the Big Picture (contains some fairly nasty ones of bulls getting stabbed and variously gushing and vomiting blood but also some ones of silly people getting nailed by bulls and one awesome one of a guy jumping over a bull)

Mass Cremation in Yushu

April 26, 2010

Tragic subject matter but such an amazing photo – it almost looks like a painting:

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(The Big Picture – #27)

The Bear Nesesames

April 5, 2010

A nice collection of Spring photos over on The Big Picture, including this very cute one of two bear cubs

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Medieval ideas about Bears #1:

The bear cub is born as a shapeless and eyeless lump of flesh, which the mother bear shapes into its proper form by licking it (the origin of the expression “to lick into shape”) (link)

National Geographic’s International Photography Contest

November 24, 2009

The Big Picture has a great selection of shots:

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Or you can check out the full set at the National Geographic site.

Then and Now II

September 14, 2009

The Big Picture has some pretty amazing during and one-year-later shots of Hurricane Ike hitting Texas.

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The word Hurricane comes from the (now extinct?) language of the TaĆ­no, from which we also get the words tobacco, potato, hammock and barbecue. Huraca’n means centre of the wind.

Albinism in Tanzania

July 27, 2009

Albinos in Tanzania are increasingly targeted by those who would kill them for their body organs, limbs and even hair to be used in luck potions by others seeking wealth and good fortune in business and professional circles. According to local residents, witch doctors use the organs and bones in concoctions to divine for diamonds in the soil, while fishermen have been known to weave albino hair into their nets hoping for a big catch on Lake Victoria. More than 50 albinos have been killed in Tanzania and neighboring Burundi in the past year…

One of three stories from the Big Picture today (along with an Israeli woman marrying in Syria who can now never to return to Israel and the Bajau, a seafaring nomadic people living in Malaysia), it’s quite harrowing and includes an image of human body parts. If you’d like to read more France 24 has an article from last year about the trade and the Wikipedia article on persecution of albinism has some more links.