Halloween's approaching, with the increased presence of burgeoning candy aisles, semi-topical costumes and of course, pumpkins. Now you may think your Jack-o-Lantern's big, and we're not here to judge, but here's a look at the biggest, most ridiculous pumpkins that put the competition to shame.
Jews begin the seven day Sukkot festival at sunset on Wednesday night. Families build huts to commemorate the temporary dwellings that the Israelites lived in during their 40 year wandering in the wilderness after leaving Egypt. The festival requires the purchase of the four species, which include a citron, a closed palm, a myrtle branch and a willow branch.
Three winners in different categories won for "the ability to achieve 100 miles per gallon or the energy equivalent (MPGe) and to survive grueling real-world safety, efficiency, emissions, durability and range tests."
Kaparot is a Jewish ritual performed before Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, that is suppose to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken. Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Friday.
The Eid festival, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, has been declared on September 10th for most parts of the world including Afghanistan. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved by a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam, and is marked by several days of festivities.
Presidents don't simply belong to the country they're elected in. If popular (or unpopular) enough, their image can reach iconic status even halfway across the world. Case in point, President Barack Obama, whose face pops up in some expected, and highly unexpected, places in China.
Some pictures are just too jaw-dropping for suitable description. And if there's any type of image that seems predisposed for this categorization, it's peeks into our surrounding universe that various telescopes provide. Wait no further and see what's beyond the horizon, the stars and the galaxy.
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