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Eco house made from 20,000 old toothbrushes

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    A house made from 20,000 old toothbrushes and piles of other household rubbish has been built in England. The recycled home is cleverly constructed using compressed plastic bags, discarded carpet tiles, DVD cases, VHS tapes, old jeans and other waste offcuts - making the home almost entirely eco friendly. "All the video rental shops seem to be closing down so we took all the DVD cases and VHS cassettes to use as insulation," said the architect Duncan Baker-Brown. Waste denim was added to the mix via a company that imports jeans from China and slices off the legs to make shorts. Thousands of toothbrushes were collected in just four days from a cleaning firm that empties airplanes after long-haul flights. Waste paper was then compressed to make a material "tougher than a paving stone" for flooring and carpet tiles were turned around and blowtorched for outer rendering. The fully functioning home was made as an educational project via the University of Brighton where Baker-Brown runs an undergraduate program. (Picture by: Mills/UoB/Splash News)
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    Stephen McDonagh takes part in the Irish Bog Snorkelling championship at Peatlands Park on July 27, 2014 in Dungannon, Northern Ireland. The annual event sees male and female competitors swim the 60m length of the bog watched by scores of spectators and takes place on International Bog Day. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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    An entrepreneur has created a range of candles which help to 'celebrate' the worst things in life - like a cancelled holiday or a divorce. The Flicking Candle Company names its candles after life's lows, including 'Cancelled Vacation', 'Divorce Papers' and 'Defriend'. The amusing range was produced by 28-year-old Mark Vince, who designed the candles while trying to avoid sitting down to his graduate studies.(Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)
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    Londoners walking through Potters Field Park were surprised to see a 'money tree' blooming with £9820 in £10 notes, the average amount a working British family has in savings, on July 24, 2014 in London, England. The tree was planted by Sunlife to encourage the nation to start saving at least £10 a month for a brighter future. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for SunLife)
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    A diver off the British coast swims next to one of the biggest barrel jellyfish filmed in UK waters. Diver Robert Lenfert spent several minutes in the sea off Pendennis Point, Cornwall next to the large rhizostoma pulmo (corr) commonly known as the barrel or dustbin-lid jellyfish. The creature is harmless to humans but their size gives them an imposing presence. Hundreds of the giant animals have been spotted in Britain's seas over the last few weeks - and although they have a sting it is only very minor. (Picture by: SWNS / Splash News)
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    A coffin containing the body of a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is loaded onto a plane for transport to the Netherlands during a departure ceremony on July 23, 2014 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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    Members of the public hold candles to mourn the victims of HIV/AIDS and the victims of flight MH17 during a candlelight vigil at Federation Square on July 22, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. At least six delegates travelling to the 20th International AIDS Conference were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was reportedly shot down over Eastern Ukraine. Reports that a surface-to-air missile brought the MH17 down remain unconfirmed. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
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    Engineer Daniel Schubert holds lettuce at the German Aerospace Center on July 21, 2014 in Bremen, Germany. Scientists and engineers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are developing greenhouses for a potential Mars colony. The greenhouses will contain combined life-support systems which use recycled urine to manufacture fertilizer, helping to grow vegetables for a lunar and Mars environment. The first greenhouse will be tested for nine months in 2016/17 in an inhospitable environment in the Antarctic. (Photo by David Hecker/Getty Images)
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    A view of Lake Mead in the distance behind boats in dry dock near where the Lake Mead Marina was once located on July 17, 2014 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. In 2008, the marina was moved due to low water levels. Last week, North America's largest man-made reservoir dropped below 1,082 feet above sea level, the lowest it's been since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s. A 14-year drought in the Southwestern United States and a dwindling supply of water from the Colorado River, in part due to cuts in the reservoir's annual allocation of water from Lake Powell, has left a white 'bathtub ring' of mineral deposits left by higher water levels on the rocks around the lake as high as 130 feet. The National Park Service has been forced to close or extend boat launch ramps, and move entire marinas to try to keep up with the receding water levels. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    Scruff loves life in the fast lane, whether it's posing on a jet-ski, riding a speedboat or getting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin. Owner Phil Butler, from Stockport, says that like Bond, Scruff is a bit rough and ready and a magnet to the opposite sex. He's also not big on personal grooming. Phil said: "Scruff's a lovable rogue. Even women who don't like dogs can't get enough of him! He's an action dog and whatever we put him up to he does. The expression on his face on the jet-ski is 'get out of my way, I've got to get going'. He looked like he wanted to drive but if I'd let him ride the jet-ski, the animal welfare people may have had something to say, plus I couldn't afford the insurance!" Phil, a 52-year-old textiles manager for Philip Whitfield and Sons, added: "We got Scruff on a Friday before Christmas when my sister turned up with him and said he needed re-homing. By Saturday we had fallen in love with him." Four-year-old Scruff, a Yorkie-Westie cross, even has his own Facebook page where he gives a humorous take on his adventures. Phil said: "I started the page for my son who is in California doing soccer coaching for the summer. He loves Scruff and loves to keep up-to-date with what he is doing." But Phil admits Scruff is not quite as fearless as heartthrob Daniel Craig's British secret agent. He admitted: "He's not scared of much but he was chased off by a big cat once!" Phil and wife Julia have always been dog lovers. When they got married they asked for donations to Manchester's Christie cancer hospital and Manchester Dog's Home instead of wedding presents. Their other dog is called Millie and, unlike Scruff, prefers the quiet life. (Picture by: Mirrorpix / Splash News)
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    The award winning Wistow Maze opens on later this month, and for 2014 the maze has a First World War theme and will be in the shape of a Field Cannon, with the quiz trail providing interesting WW1 facts. There is a huge amount of media coverage this summer on the outbreak of WW1, and the maze theme and opening dates ties in with it brilliantly. (Picture by: Wistow/Splash News)
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    Titan-Micoperi workers make their way out to the wrecked ship Costa Concordia before the start of the refloating operations on July 14, 2014 in Isola del Giglio, Italy. On the first day of the operation the wreck will be partially refloated by 2 metres from the platforms that support it and will then be moved approximately 30 metres to the east. The wreck will be held in position by tugs and moored by anchors with steel cables. The refloating operation is expected to take up to a week before the wreck is towed to the port of Genoa for dismantling. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
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    An industrial robot, an installation work called 'bios [torah]' by the artist group robotlab, begins writing a Torah on July 10, 2014 in the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany. At the speed of a human, the robot writes a total of 304,805 Hebrew letters on an 80-meter roll of paper. The finished scroll, to be complete in January 2015, will not be considered halakhic, or meeting the requirements for use for religious purposes. The installation is part of the exhibition 'The Creation of the World' predominantly a collection of Hebrew manuscripts. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
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    Hot air balloons fly over Igualada during an early flight as part of the European Balloon Festival on July 10, 2014 in Igualada, Spain. The early morning flight of over 30 balloons was shorter than expected due to windy weather. This flight is organised as a curtain raiser for the four-day European Balloon Festival. Now is the 18th year of the most important hot air Balloon event in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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    The results of the first part of the restoration work on the monument symbol of Rome is revealed to the public. The first two strips of arches are seen undergoing restoration. Tourists these days going to Rome will admire, at least in part, the new face of the Colosseum, the symbol of Rome and Italy all over the world. As you can see from the pictures there is now a clearly visible difference in color between the part of the monument that has been restored and the remaining one to clean up. (Picture by: Stefano Costantino / Splash News)
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    Immigrant rights activist Mary Estrada (R) speaks with anti-immigration activists during a protest outside of the U.S. Border Patrol Murrieta Station on July 7, 2014 in Murrieta, California. Immigration protesters have staged rallies in front of the station for about a week in response to a wave of undocumented immigrant children caught along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and transported to the Murrieta facility while awaiting deportation proceedings. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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    Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Curva de Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
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    The first-ever Gatling-style water pistol, which can hold a little over 2.5 gallons of water and has a firing range of about 40 feet, was built using 55 separate parts from everyday life. For instance, a black cab's windscreen wiper provides its rotary motion and a walking pole handle makes the pump. Many of the parts were fitted together using sugru's hand moldable self-setting rubber in a test of the revolutionary product's waterproof properties. (Picture by: Solent News / Splash News)
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    Taxi drivers protest against a new smart phones app 'Uber' during a 24 hours strike on July 1, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Taxi drivers in main cities strike over unlicensed car-halling services. Drivers say that is a lack of regulation behind the new app. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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    Crowds watch as the Battle of Bannockburn is re-enacted on June 28, 2014 in Stirling, Scotland. The 700th anniversary of the historic battle that saw the outnumbered Scots conquer the English led by Edward II in the First War of Scottish Independence. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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    A famous graffiti artist, who goes by the name 'Acme' immortalized the Suarez biting incident in the Cantagalo favela, Rio. (Picture by: Mirrorpix/Splash News)
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    Queen Elizabeth II meets cast members of the HBO TV series 'Game of Thrones' Lena Headey and Conleth Hill as she views some of the props including the Iron Throne on set in Belfast's Titanic Quarter on June 24, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal party are visiting Northern Ireland for three days. (Photo by Jonathan Porter - Pool/Getty Images)
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    Peanut, a mutt who is suspected of being a Chihuahua-Shitzu mix, stands near a trophy after winning The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 20, 2014. (Photo credit Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Arizona. Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin-Pool/Getty Images)
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    US artist Hannah Kunkle's digital paintings feature the reality TV star as various religious icons. They were featured in an exhibition titled "The Passion of Kim Kardashian", which opened in Brooklyn. Kunkle, 23, admits she is "strangely fascinated" by Kardashian. "It's art. It's supposed to be wild and, not offensive, but prying," she told a US newspaper after various religious leaders slammed her work. Father Michael Perry of Our Lady of Refuge Church in Flatbush, Brooklyn told the New York Daily News the show was "dumb and stupid." Kardashian is also portrayed as a Hindu goddess and Joan of Arc. (Picture by: Splash/Hannah Kunkle)
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    US President Barack Obama and Lindsay Lawlor view Lawlor's robotic giraffe while viewing Maker Faire projects on the South Lawn of the White House on June 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Split-Rocker' a 37-foot tall flower sculpture by artist Jeff Koons, is assembled by workers outside Rockefeller Center on June 17, 2014 in New York City. The sculpture depicts a half toy pony, half toy horse. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    This is the hilarious moment an exasperated male lion is attacked by his unruly cubs after being reunited with them for the fist time. Jabari an adult male lion was re-introduced to his family for the first at Miami Zoo on Fathers Day. Staff originally feared the large beast would attack his young but the adult male cat was given a tough lesson in parent hood when he came face to face with his unruly brood. Hilariously, Jabari was attacked on multiple occasions by his young cubs as they tried to show their dad who was boss. The adult lion was seen being swiped in the face on multiple occasions and was even bitten on his backside by one of the youngsters. But when the large beast eventually lost his temper, mum Kashifa quickly jumped in and warned him off. After the initial icy meeting the pride eventually calmed down and were seen in a number of tender embraces. Staff at Zoo Miami are hoping to establish a full pride for the first ever time between dad Jabari and mum Kashifa. The cubs are called Saba, Bantu, Asani, Amira and adopted male Kwasi.(Picture by: Ron Magill / Splash News)
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    Afraid of heights? This job might not be for you. Window washers scale the Unicredit Tower in Milan, Italy, which is the tallest building in the country at 758'. (Picture by: Splash News)
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    A Lyft car drives along Powell Street on June 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The California Public Utilities Commission is cracking down on ride sharing companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar by issuing a warning that they could lose their ability to operate within the state if they are caught dropping off or picking up passengers at airports in California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    1600 pandas made by French artist Paulo Grangeon with recycled paper were exhibited at the beach of Hong Kong on Monday, which will tour at least 10 scenic spots of Hong Kong in over a month. The paper-made panda exhibition aims at advocating more people to participate in protecting endangered animals. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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    Pilgrims try to touch the statue of the Virgin of El Rocio on June 9, 2014 in Almonte, near Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain. Tens of thousands of pilgrims converged in Almonte in honor of the Virgin of El Rocio in this age-old Catholic ritual which dates from 1653 with the pilgrimage taking place on the second day of Pentecost every year. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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    Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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    People watch as a parachute drop takes place on June 5, 2014 near Ranville, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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    Mark Deliz and his son Sebastion, 3, pause with their dog Bruno at a piano underneath the Brooklyn Bridge on June 3, 2014 in New York City. A grand piano that has mysteriously landed on a sliver of beach under the iconic bridge last week has become an impromptu tourist attraction. While the Mason & Hamlin piano is badly damaged, dozens of people climb onto the beach daily to test out the keys. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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    The dramatic moment capturing racing driver Wallace Menzies flipping his car whilst doing 120mph at Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire. A driver had a mircale escape after flipping his car and ending up in a ditch whilst travelling at 120mph. Wallace Menzies lost control of the race car whilst taking a bend at the Shelsley Walsh race track on Sunday 1 June, 2014. Miraculously he escpaed with just a broken cheekbone, facial cuts and bruises after crashing the DJ Firestorm car which is capable of speeds up to 150mph uphill. Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motor sport venue in continuous use in the world. First used in 1905, it is older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza.(Picture by: SWNS)
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    The sails of Sydney Opera House are transformed with spectacular artwork as part of light show during the Vivid Live Festival which is currently taking place in Sydney, Australia. (Picture by: Mirrorpix)
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    The 2014 graduating class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, throw their covers in the air at the end of the ceremony May 28, 2014. (Photo credit JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Beach goers watch the detonation of a 500 pound British bomb on the beach on May 19, 2014 in Wassenaar, Netherlands. The bomb was dropped by the British allied forces during the second world war over nearby Leiden where it was found on a building site. (Photo Michel Porro/Getty Images)
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    The National 9/11 Flag is furled by New York City firemen during a ceremony marking the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum on May 21, 2014 in New York. After the ceremony the flag was transferred into the museum's permanent collection. (Photo credit DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A Douglas A-1 Skyraider is moved onto the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum by crane on May 20, 2014 in New York City. The plane served as a single-seat attack aircraft by the U.S. military from 1946 to 1985. This specific plane is named the XBT2D-1 and was transported in pieces from the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia and reassembled on site. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    A herd of buffalo launched a bloody battle against a hungry lion attacking their young - and managed to save a tiny calf caught in its jaws. The calf's mother threw herself at the prowling lions in a bid to protect her baby, but it was only when the bull buffalo charged that the calf escaped. Enraged, the predators went in for the kill again - sparking a fierce full-on battle between the two species in the muddy marshes. Photographer Ben Cranke, who took the shots in the Okavango Swamps of Botswana, South Africa, said the fight was 'electrifying'. (Ben Cranke / Solent News / Splash News
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    A frozen lake is transformed into a giant sheet of green as a spectacular Northern Lights show beams down onto the surface. As the temperature dropped to -17 degrees Celsius the vivid green light reflects over the icy lake and surrounding scenery. A remote wooden red cabin is also dwarfed by the giant green beam of light which shines down on the snowy landscape. Photographer Christian Bothner travelled to Lofoten, Norway, to capture the breathtaking moment. (Photo by Christian Bothner/Solent News/Splash News)
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    A house on Skimmer Court erupts in flames, threatening the homes nearby on May 14, 2014 in Carlsbad, California. Thirty homes have burned in the fast-moving Carlsbad blaze, fueled by record heat, high winds and dry conditions. At least four other fires advanced in nearby communities. Thirty homes have burned in the fast-moving Carlsbad blaze, fueled by record heat, high winds and dry conditions. At least four other fires advanced in nearby communities. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
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    Members of the United States Naval Academy freshman crawl under one another at the wet and sandy station during the annual Sea Trials training exercise at the U.S. Naval Academy on May 13, 2014 in Annapolis, Maryland. For 14 hours, the United States Naval Academy freshman class, also known as Plebes, worked as a team to complete many grueling physical and mental challenges that help prepare them for real-world experiences and reinforce leadership, bonds, trust, and teamwork. Of the challenges, they endured: a two-mile regimental run, ground fights, water tactics, aquatics challenges, and survival skills, amongst many others. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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    A US Military Honor Guard walks past the grave of Army Pvt. William Christman, after a wreath laying ceremony as part of Arlington at 150 Celebration on May 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Pvt. Christman was the first military burial at Arlington 150 years ago today on May 13, 1864. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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    Six caribou are stranded on a block of ice drifting away from their herd after being caught out by the "ice break-up season". The reindeer were spotted floating down the Porcupine River in Old Crow, Yukon, Canada, near the border with Alaska. The photos have been released by the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to show the ice break-up season, which can cause flooding. Caribou have large hooves that let them paddle through water, so the six should have been able to swim to safety when the ice block melted. (Photo by Alaska DHS&EM/Splash News)
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    Ileene Anderson, dressed as Goofy; Valeria Love and Andrea Weber, dressed as a polar bear called Frostpaw, rally against the Keystone XL Canada-to-Texas pipeline project demonstrate in the exclusive neighborhood of Bel-Air outside a USC Shoah Foundation fundraiser to be attended by President Barack Obama. The event was hosted at the home of Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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    People take selfies and play under lines of lit lanterns after the Vesak Buddhist Ceremony celebrating Buddha's birth at the Jogyesa Temple on May 6, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The lantern festival, celebrating Buddha's birthday will be held until May 11. As the exact birthday of Buddha, born 2,558 years ago is unknown, South Korea celebrates his birthday on the full moon of May, which is May 6 this year. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    Luggage moves through a new explosives detection system at the Newark Liberty International Airport on May 1, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), now uses the automated in-line baggage system at the airport's Terminal C. The system uses about a mile of conveyor belts to automatically screen, sort and track baggage. Nine explosives detection machines can screen more than 600 pieces of luggage per hour. If a bag requires additional screening, it is automatically diverted to a separate room where it is manually screened by TSA officers. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
 
 

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