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The best photos of the year

The best photos of the year
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We love seeing photos of all kinds, but these quirky photos really take the cake! Read on to see some of the silliest photos of the past year you might have missed.

October 1, 2019: Eye see you

October 1, 2019: Eye see you
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A man stands in front of a picture of an optical illusion at the interactive exhibit, “Tricked! – The Spectacular Illusion Exhibition.” The show featured paintings by Mexican artist Yunuen Esparza and dealt with topics such as how the eye works and the connection of the eyes to the brain.

Loving this photo? Test your senses with these optical illusions.

November 27, 2019: His head grew three sizes that day

November 27, 2019: His head grew three sizes that day
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Macy’s workers start filling the Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch balloon with air on the day before Macy’s 93rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in the US. According to Macy’s, the sack the Grinch carries with him can fit up to 2.8 million Christmas ornaments!

December 9, 2019: Sweater weather

December 9, 2019: Sweater weather
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Have you ever seen a cow in a Christmas jumper? Ahead of Christmas Jumper Day in the United Kingdom, Becky Houzé decided to celebrate the season by dressing her herd of Jersey cows in matching “jumpers” to keep festively warm this winter.

November 20, 2019: Step by step

November 20, 2019: Step by step
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Giant footprints appeared in the sand on Whitby Bay Beach in North Yorkshire, England. The art, commissioned by an energy company in the United Kingdom, compares the “carbon footprint” of gas and diesel cars on U.K. roads to the footprint of electric vehicles. The larger footprint spans around 50m while the smaller one is less than 4 metres in length.

Discover 13 ways that ‘green living’ can make you healthier. 

October 27, 2019: Great catch!

October 27, 2019: Great catch!
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This photo shows game five of the MLB 2019 World Series at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, USA. At the top of the second inning, Houston Astros batter Yordan Alvarez hit a two-run home run. The ball flew into the stands and hit a Washington Nationals fan holding two beers. Whoops! The fan was later dubbed a “hero” by Bud Light.

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July 8, 2019: Baby deer buffet

July 8, 2019: Baby deer buffet
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A crafty bird lands on the nose of a baby deer to feast on insects that are stuck to its body. The meeting between the deer and the bird took place in the early morning light at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in India. The bird had already tried the trick five minutes earlier but came back to try again. The deer raises its head in annoyance as the bird lands to hunt for breakfast.

Add this photo to our collection of most beautiful animal photos you need to see.

October 1, 2019: Nature’s sense of humour

October 1, 2019: Nature’s sense of humour
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A sign reads, “This road floods,” as high tide covers roads (and this sign!) in the village of Bosham in West Sussex, England. Visitors and residents are warned to keep an eye on the tide as the water can flood the area very quickly. If you can’t read the rest of the sign, it’s too late.

While that sign is far from ironic, here are 30 examples of irony in real life. 

September 15, 2019: One with nature

September 15, 2019: One with nature
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A picture taken by a drone shows French-Swiss artist Saype posing in his giant biodegradable land-art painting in Switzerland. The 75-metre long painting was made using biodegradable colours made out of charcoal, chalk, water and milk proteins. The painting is part of a worldwide project to create the longest symbolic human chain around the world.

September 8, 2019: A whale of a kite

September 8, 2019: A whale of a kite
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A whale-shaped kite flies above Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia at the 41st Annual Festival of the Winds. The event is one of the largest kite festivals in the world and draws over 40,000 visitors each year. In addition to impressive kite flying, live performances, food booths and other activities make the festival a fun day for all ages.

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– The Reader’s Digest team