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Pictures of the year: Oddities
By Reuters -

Desmond Allen reads to Ginger, a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Photo: Reuters/Mark Makela

The world's shortest man Chandra Bahadur Dangi greets the tallest living man Sultan Kosen to mark the Guinness World Records Day in London, November 13, 2014. Kosen measuring 251cm, towers over Dangi who is only 54.6cm tall. The Guinness World Records celebrates its 60th edition of the annual records book. Photo: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Two women wearing nun outfits drink beer while watching the playoff draw between Quebec and Manitoba at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier curling championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, March 8, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Ben Nelms

President Obama greets a man wearing a horse mask during a walkabout in Denver July 8, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

German Oliver Struempfl competes to set a new world record in carrying one liter beer mugs over a distance of 40 m (131 ft 3 in) in Abensberg, September 7, 2014. Struempfl carried 27 mugs over 40 meters to set a new record for the Guinness book of records. Photo: Reuters/Michael Dalder

A dog wipes out at the 6th Annual Surf City surf dog contest in Huntington Beach, California, September 28, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

A statue by Tony Matelli titled Sleepwalker stands in the snow on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, February 5, 2014. More than 100 signatures were collected from an online petition to remove the statue from the all-women's college, citing the statue as inappropriate. Photo: Reuters/Dominick Reuter

Participants wearing Star Wars costumes are seen at the Parc metro station after the Balloon's Day Parade in Brussels, September 6, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Eric Vidal

A 21-foot crocodile robot Longlong is strapped on top of a van, as it is transported through the main road to Crocodile Park in Pasay city, metro Manila, July 5, 2014. The robot, inspired by Lolong, the largest saltwater crocodile to have been in captivity, contains thousands of mechanisms costing around 80,000 pesos ($1,818) and took three months to build by robot experts. Photo: Reuters/Romeo Ranoco

A gallery assistant poses with Cracked Egg (Magenta) by Jeff Koons on display at Christie's in London February 7, 2014. The sculpture is expected to earn 15 million GB pounds (US$24 million) when it is auctioned in London, February 13, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Members of the IUNA Ballet perform during a rehearsal of their show Dressed by grace at a public square, ahead of the Ciudanza Dance Festival, in Buenos Aires, March 5, 2014.Photo: Reuters/
Marcos Brindicci

A laborer works at an upside-down house under construction at Fengjing Ancient Town, Jinshan District, south of Shanghai, March 17, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria

A 41-year-old man going by the name of Chibatman rides his Chibatpod on the road in Chiba, east of Tokyo, August 31, 2014. The man, who dresses up as the comic book superhero Batman, came up with his moniker after adding a prefix of the first three letters of the city name, of which he roams on his three-wheeled motorcycle. Photo: Reuters/Yuya Shino

A trader looks at Pete the Penguin of SeaWorld Entertainment as he walks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, January 15, 2014. Sea World celebrated its 50th anniversary by ringing the closing bell at the NYSE. Photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

An unidentified man, who calls himself Mangetsu-man (Mr. Full Moon), pauses as he cleans Nihonbashi bridge using a broom with a volunteer, while clad in a costume featuring a full moon for a head, in Tokyo, August 25, 2014. While most superheroes fight crime, for one such Japanese hero the enemy is garbage and his super weapons are a broom, a dust pan and an army of volunteers who have joined his mission. Photo: Reuters/Issei Kato

A competitor runs through a foam tunnel during the Brutal Run extreme obstacle course race in Budapest, August 30, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Laszlo Balogh

Venezuelan artist Cristobal Ochoa (R) and his performance partner Jean-Paul Fowler promote the Artist Open Houses, part of the Brighton Festival, with a street art performance on the seafront in Brighton, May 6, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

A giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro, California, August 20, 2014. The creation, which is five stories tall and five stories wide, has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Japan's Yumi Kaneko, Eri Kasahara and Miho Echizenya (L-R) tackle a Thai player during their women's preliminary kabaddi match in the Songdo Global University Gymnasium at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, September 29, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Olivia Harris

A participant operates a homemade human-powered flying machine during the Red Bull Flugtag (Flight Day) event in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, September 28, 2014. Photo: Reuters/
Abhishek N. Chinnappa

Eventual winners Jesse Wall carries Christina Arsenault through the water pit while competing in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine, October 11, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder

A participant in costume eats a sandwich after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, October 26, 2014. More than 100,000 spectators turned up to watch the parade, where 2,500 participants dressed up in costumes, according to the organizer. Photo: Reuters/Yuya Shino

Sheep are herded during the annual sheep parade through Madrid, November 2, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Susana Vera