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Photo: Brink of war?

In Seoul, South Korea, people read an extra edition of a newspaper on Nov. 23, 2010, reporting that North Korea fired artillery onto a South Korean island. Photo: Ahn Young-joon

North Korea bombarded South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island with about 100 rounds of artillery Tuesday, setting buildings and forests ablaze, killing two marines and injuring several others, including civilians. South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak said, “The provocation this time can be regarded as an invasion of South Korean territory.” International diplomats appealed for restraint after he went on to say that “enormous retaliation” was needed if North Korea took additional action against its southern neighbors.

Photo: A nation mourns

A caisson bearing the flag-draped coffin of President John F. Kennedy pauses in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., Nov. 25, 1963, en route to burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo: AP

On November 22, 1963, the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. He was 46 years old. The next day, newly sworn-in President Lyndon B. Johnson issued his first proclamation, declaring November 25 to be a national day of mourning. On that day, hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the streets of Washington, D.C., to watch a horse-drawn caisson bearing Kennedy’s body travel from the Capitol to St. Matthew’s Catholic Cathedral for a requiem mass. Accompanying the casket was a riderless horse named Black Jack. With boots sitting reversed in the stirrups, the horse was the symbol of a fallen leader. The procession then continued to Arlington National Cemetery, where Kennedy was laid to rest. Representatives from more than 90 countries attended the state funeral.

Photo: Color me bad

Photo: Timothy Riley

A female peafowl is called a peahen. A male is called a peacock. A white peacock is sometimes called an albino, but it is nothing of the sort. It is a color variation of the Indian Blue peacock. The lack of color in its feathers is due to a condition called Leucism, which is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment. Unlike a true albino bird, white peafowl have normally colored eyes. Whatever it is that makes them this way, they are stunning.

Photo: A dignified transfer

An Army carry team walks through the fog during the dignified transfer of Army Pfc. Jacob C. Carroll of Clemmons, N.C. upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. Photo: AP/Jose Luis Magana

Away from the spotlight and cameras that broadcast the images of soldiers returning home to embrace their awaiting loved ones are the soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard. They also welcome home the soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan. They are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to receive the remains of America’s fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. When the call comes in, the soldiers, dressed in the army combat uniform and white gloves, meet the aircraft carrying the transfer cases of deceased soldiers returning from overseas, and with stoic precision, receive the flag-draped caskets and carry them to awaiting vehicles. In the middle of the day or night, in the heat, cold or rain, with or without the relatives present, every returning soldier receives the 15-minute ceremony called a dignified transfer.

Photo: Hail to the chief

Manny Pacquiao, right, lands a punch against Antonio Margarito during the eleventh round of their WBC light middleweight title boxing match Saturday. Photo: AP/David J. Phillip

Although 5 inches shorter and 17 pounds lighter than his opponent, boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao soundly defeated Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito to claim the WBC super welterweight title last Saturday in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao became the first boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight divisions. What Pacquiao lacked in size, he made up in skill and speed, winning every round of the 12-round fight and ultimately fracturing Margarito’s orbital bone in his right eye, which will require surgery Tuesday to repair. Now that the fight is in the history books, Pacquiao will return to his native Philippines to resume his second job as congressman; he was elected to the House of Representatives last May, representing the province of Sarangani.

Photo: Lapping it up

Photo: Dave Dugdale /

People with cats are well aware that they do things in their own special way. Now, researchers have discovered that their tongues are no different. One morning, while sharing breakfast with his cat Cutta Cutta, biophysicist Roman Stocker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge began to doubt the assumption that cats, like dogs, lap up water by curling their tongues into the shape of a ladle and scooping up the liquid.
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Photo: Above and beyond

Photo: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast

Dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Steinbock. The tens of thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents. Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.

Photo: Happy Belated Birthday, Carl!

Carl Sagan in 1973. Photo: AP

Yesterday was Carl Sagan’s birthday, but instead of trying to sum up the late astronomer’s many accomplishments, including his work in astrophysics and natural sciences, his Pulitzer Prize, the many books that he authored, co-authored or edited, his more than 600 scientific papers and articles, his work promoting the SETI project and his PBS television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, we’ve decided to share a bit of trivia instead.

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Photo: A fat monkey in flip-flops

Photo: Courtesy Florentijn Hofman

The Fat Monkey, or Macaco Gordo, was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman to coincide with Pixel Show 2010, a design conference held last month in Sao Paolo, Brazil. With an inflatable base, covered in 10,000 flip-flops — which serve as pixels — the 45-foot-long monkey sprawls across a park in the center of the city.

Hofman is an artist known for playful, extremely large renditions of animals and toys. In 2009, he constructed inflatable rubber duckies, as tall as 40 feet, which bobbed in harbors across the globe. The same year, Hofman filled a gallery in the Hague with outsized stuffed animals, strewn across a floor as if dropped there by giant children.

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