Veterinarians at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand operated on 25-year-old green sea turtle “Bank” to remove 915 coins, weighing 11 pounds, from her stomach. Bank swallowed the coins after misguided human passers-by tossed them into her pool for good luck in eastern Thailand.
“87,000 miles. 44 airline flights. 396 days. 35 countries. 1 family.”
That would be the epic movie tagline for the Rivenbark family, of Howard County, who recently returned from a 13-month trip around the globe. The family —- consisting of mom Julie, dad Tim, Tyler, 12, and Kara, 10 — sold their house, and their cars; Julie quit her job, Tim took a leave of absence. And the kids did their homeschool work while on safari in Africa, in a hotel in Nepal or whenever they could find time.
The family kept a near-daily blog, which was fed by stunning photos from Julie and fun, educational videos from Tyler. A short documentary about the Rivenbark’s trip is below.
The day in photos around the world.
The Songkran festival, marking the traditional Thai New Year, is celebrated each year from April 13 to 15. The throwing of water was traditionally a sign of respect and well wishing during the festival.
Some of David Bowie’s famous costumes are on display in today’s photo brief, along with a Swiss tax dodge, a Mediterranean hunger strike and other news scenes from around the world.
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Oct. 2 Photo Brief: Gandhi’s 143rd birthday, Chanel’s alternative energy runway show, Hong Kong’s sunken ferry
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