The World Bog Snorkeling Championships is held in southern Wales on August 28, 2016. Entrants must negotiate two lengths of a 60-yard trench through the peat bog in the quickest possible time without using any conventional swimming strokes.
“The Asylum Steampunk Festival” in Lincoln, England, is the largest and longest-running steampunk festival in the world.
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
Rescue crews have raced against time since a devastating earthquake leveled three towns in central Italy on Wednesday Aug. 23, leaving hundreds dead.
More than 100 were killed and hundreds more injured in a magnitude 6 earthquake before dawn in central Italy. In the mountainside villages around the epicenter, scores of buildings were reduced to rubble. “The town isn’t here anymore,” said Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice. Swaying could be felt some 60 miles away in Rome.
Indian participants await the dahi handi (curd pot) celebrations of “Janmashtami”, which mark the birth of Lord Krishna. India’s top court on August 17 banned children from taking part in a popular but potentially dangerous religious festival in the country’s west that sees young boys scale human pyramids. The Supreme Court barred children aged under 18 from scaling the pyramids and restricted their height to 20 feet following a string of accidents in recent years.
The Rio 2016 Olympics know how to make an exit. Crowds gathered for the epic closing ceremony Sunday said a final, spectacular “tchau” to the games — and got a sneak peek at what’s to come in Tokyo for 2020. (Hint: Japan’s Prime Minister dressed up as Super Mario.)
Hot air balloons take to the skies at a preview flight to launch next week’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on August 5, 2016 in Bristol, England. The four day event event, which will officially open next week on Thursday, is now in its 38th year and is Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event.