Life and Arts

Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58 centimeter) nails at a book launch in London. The 56 year old stars in a book entitled 'Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock', a compendium of strange but true facts and stories.

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Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58 centimeter) nails at a book launch in London. The 56 year old stars in a book entitled ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock’, a compendium of strange but true facts and stories.

An employee of the Christie's auction house poses for photographs beside the Allen Jones sculpture "Enchanteresse", painted bronze and leather on a steel base at their premises in London, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.  The piece is estimated to fetch 60,000 to 80,000 pounds ($93,870 to $125,160, / 75,122 to 100,163 euro), when it features in a Modern British and Irish Art evening sale in London on November 19.

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An employee of the Christie’s auction house looks at the Allen Jones sculpture “Enchanteresse”, painted bronze and leather on a steel base at their premises in London on Monday

Katsumi Tamakoshi...Competitors run on their arms and legs on a race course in a preliminary race during the Guinness World Record the 100-meter running on all fours at Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium in Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in celebration of Guinness World Records Day. The 18-year-old Japanese Katsumi Tamakoshi set new record of 15.86 seconds Thursday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Competitors run on their arms and legs on a race course in a preliminary race during the Guinness World Record the 100-meter running on all fours at Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium in Tokyo in celebration of Guinness World Records Day. The 18-year-old Japanese Katsumi Tamakoshi set new record of 15.86 seconds Thursday. 

Johanna Puisto, sculpture conservator at The V&A, unveils a cast of Michaelangelo's David at Victoria & Albert Museum on November 10, 2014 in London, England.

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Johanna Puisto, a sculpture conservator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, unveils a cast of Michelangelo’s David on Monday in London, England

Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2014 ...NO SALES NO ARCHIVE. CAN ONLY BE USED IN CONNECTION WITH LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS. Undated handout issued by Take A View of Sunrise at Winnats Pass, Derbyshire, England which won the Visit Britian 'You're invited' Award for the best image from an overseas entrant category in this year's Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 10, 2014. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Photography. Photo credit should read: Sven Mueller/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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At Take a View’s landscape photographer of the year awards, ‘Sunrise at Winnats Pass, Derbyshire’, taken by Sven Mueller, won the Visit Britain ‘You’re invited’ award for the best image from an overseas entrant. 

Royal College of Art's (RCA) employee Honour Bayes adjusts former RCA student John Pasche s 1971 lips and tongue logo which was commissioned by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, whilst Pasche was still a student at the college, as part of The Royal College of Art's GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years exhibition at the Royal College of Art, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 4, 2014.

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Royal College of Art employee Honour Bayes adjusts John Pasche’s 1971 lips and tongue logo, which was commissioned by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones while the artist was still a student at the college, as part of the Graphics RCA: Fifty Years exhibition in central London

Mariachi musician Moises Rivera, 60, waits for a gig in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, home to many Mexican and Central American migrants, in California.

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Mariachi musician Moises Rivera, 60, waits for a gig in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, home to many Mexican and Central American migrants, in California.

Employees of Vienna's Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien) adjust the painting "Infant Balthasar Charles with a Dwarf" by Spanish artist Diego Velazquez, prior to the opening of the major exhibition "Velazquez" in Vienna.

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Employees of Vienna’s Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien) adjust the painting “Infant Balthasar Charles with a Dwarf” by Spanish artist Diego Velazquez, prior to the opening of the major exhibition “Velazquez” in Vienna.

A Palestinian boy looks at statues that are made of fiberglass and covered with clay by Palestinian artist Eyad Sabbah, which are depictions for the Palestinians who fled their houses from Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of Gaza City October 21, 2014.

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A Palestinian boy looks at statues made of fibreglass and covered with clay in the east of Gaza City, by Palestinian artist Eyad Sabbah. They depict his countrymen fleeing their houses from Israeli shelling during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Models wait backstage during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kiev

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Models wait backstage during Ukrainian Fashion Week in Kiev

Carsten Holler Turns Frieze Booth Into Children's Playground...LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14:  Children play at the opening of artist Carsten Holler's installation 'Gartenkinder', in which he has transformed the Gagosian Gallery's stand at Frieze into a children's playground, at Regent's Park on October 14, 2014 in London, England. Artist Carsten Holler has transformed Gagosian's Frieze stand into a giant playground, which includes, amongst other things, a giant dice you can crawl in and out of, a life-like toy octopus and a giant squishy mushroom that rocks. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images for Gagosian Gallery)

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Children play at the opening of artist Carsten Holler’s installation ‘Gartenkinder’, in which he has transformed the Gagosian Gallery’s stand at Frieze into a children’s playground, at Regent’s Park in London, England. Artist Carsten Holler has transformed Gagosian’s Frieze stand into a giant playground, which includes, amongst other things, a giant dice you can crawl in and out of, a life-like toy octopus and a giant squishy mushroom that rocks. 

Ducks paddle past the giant inflatable Rubber Duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floating in Seokchon Lake as part of promotional events for the Lotte World Tower in Seoul...Ducks paddle past the giant inflatable Rubber Duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floating in Seokchon Lake as part of promotional events for the Lotte World Tower in Seoul October 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)

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Ducks paddle past the giant inflatable Rubber Duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floating in Seokchon Lake as part of promotional events for the Lotte World Tower in Seoul. 

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A visitor views a major new installation titled ‘I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language’ by Richard Tuttle in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, London

Kyla Ross of the United States jumps onto the vault as she competes in the women's all-round final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

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Kyla Ross of the United States jumps onto the vault as she competes in the women’s all-round final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Friday

Ferrari Formula One mechanics push the car of Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the first free practice session of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in the Sochi Autodrom circuit.

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Ferrari Formula One mechanics push the car of Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during the first free practice session of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in the Sochi Autodrom circuit.

A visitor stands in front of a piece of work entitled Eternal Beauty by artist Tenpoint  Dis/Order during an exhibition of Ukrainian art at Saatchi Gallery on October 8, 2014 in London, England. The exhibition  'Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now'  featuring over 70 works by 38 Ukrainian Artists, runs at the Saatchi Gallery until November 3, 2014.

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A visitor stands in front of a piece of work entitled Eternal Beauty by artist Tenpoint Dis/Order during an exhibition of Ukrainian art at Saatchi Gallery on Wednesday in London, England. The exhibition ‘Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now’ runs until November 3

Costumed mascot waits for the men's quarter-final match between Nadal of Spain and Klizan of Slovakia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing...A costumed mascot waits for the men's quarter-final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Martin Klizan of Slovakia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, October 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

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A costumed mascot waits for the men’s quarter-final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Martin Klizan of Slovakia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

Guy Howard-Evans inspects the final installation of Barlach's 'Hovering Angel' sculpture at the British Museum on October 3, 2014 in London, England. The  piece by Ernst Barlach is his memorial to those killed in the First World War and forms part of the museum's 'Germany: Memories of a Nation' exhibition which opens on October 16, 2014 until January 25, 2015.

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Guy Howard-Evans inspects the final installation of Barlach’s ‘Hovering Angel’ sculpture at the British Museum on Friday in London, England. The piece by Ernst Barlach is his memorial to those killed in the First World War and forms part of the museum’s ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’ exhibition which opens on October 16th until January 25th

Kazakhstan's Anton Pinchuk is almost lifted out of the ring by Iran's Ali Mazaheri during their men's gold medal heavyweight 91kg boxing match at the Seonhak Gymnasium during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon

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Kazakhstan’s Anton Pinchuk (blue) is almost lifted out of the ring by Iran’s Ali Mazaheri during their men’s gold medal heavyweight 91kg boxing match at the Seonhak Gymnasium during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Friday

Albert Museum technical service member Andy Monks cleans the Rotunda Chandelier by Dale Chihuly to complete the cleaning of the Dome in the Museum's Grand Entrance in Cromwell Road, west London.

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Victoria & Albert Museum technical service member Andy Monks cleans the Rotunda Chandelier by Dale Chihuly to complete the cleaning of the Dome in the Museum’s Grand Entrance in Cromwell Road, west London.