What does it take to win the 2012 European Beard and Moustache Championship? This photo shows some of the men who came to show off their fabulous facial hair at the competition, held near Mulhouse in eastern France.
Sky high Mohawk
Japanese fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe, who holds the world record for the "Tallest Mohawk," poses at a media event held by the Guinness World Records. Watanabe's hairdo measures 3 feet and 8.6 inches.
Chen Mingzhi of Zhejiang province in China created a shoe big enough to sleep in. Mingzhi, a shoe designer, built a 6.23 foot-long, 83-pound leather shoe at his family store in Wenling. It took him two months to make.
A woman poses with a locust on her tongue at a discovery lunch in Brussels. Organizers of the event sought to draw attention to insects as a source of nutrition.
Snake charmer Sajal Biswas puts the head of a snake into his mouth while performing on the outskirts of Agartala, India.
Children everywhere love to watch pig races. These piglets sprint down the track at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Calif.
Looking for Mr. Right
A single woman looks at bachelors on display at the French dating site "Adopt-a-Guy" (adopte-un-mec) store in Paris. The boutique features some live bachelors posing in glass cases, hundreds of photos of other bachelors and profile sheets on available men.
Art and light
A luminarium installation by British designer Alan Parkinson glows behind a woman during the British Arts Festival in Wuhan, China.
Leading a cow
Bavarian farmers handle a cow in Pfronten, south of Munich. At the end of the summer, farmers move their herds down from the Alps to winter pastures in the valley.
Austrian alphorn craftsman Walter Gstettner tests an alphorn prototype in Upper Austria. The "alphorn" or "alpine horn" is a traditional, handmade wooden musical instrument that can be made different shapes.
Dressed like characters from the cult 1978 movie musical "Grease," audience members arrive before an outdoor screening in southwest London.
Walking the monkeys
Langur monkeys follow their handler in front of India's presidential palace, Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi.
A circle with a view
Look what you can see from up here! Workers rest inside a newly constructed commercial building in Ahmedabad, India.
Dozing on the job
A vendor selling pork sleeps while holding her knife at a market in Beijing.
Creative homemade cars
One of the entries in the Red Bull Soapbox Race crosses the finish line in Warsaw, Poland. The vehicles are homemade and human-powered; winners are judged on speed, creativity and showmanship.
Skeleton at the gym
This inventive piece of art, titled "Fitness Addiction" by Belgian mixed-media artist Pascal Bernier, is displayed at the Botanique exhibition hall in Brussels.
At the Los Angeles County Fair, children pose in a cutout based on the painting "American Gothic." The largest county fair in the country celebrated its 90th anniversary this year.
Not the Easter Bunny
A fan in a rabbit suit cheers on Katusha Team rider Joaquim "Purito" Rodriguez of Spain during the Tour of Spain cycling race.
Onlookers gaze at a three-ton cake in the resort city of Baguio, in the northern Philippines. The cake, enough to feed 18,000 people, is part of the annual culinary and tourism show.
Bart climbing the stairs
A man dressed as cartoon character Bart Simpson passes a billboard as he leaves an underground passage in central Kiev, Ukraine.
A hat that's a hole-in-one
A Team Europe golf fan looks on intently during a practice round at the 39th Ryder Cup in Medinah, Ill.
Arrest Me Elmo
Here's something you don't want your kids to see — a man dressed as Elmo getting arrested in Times Square, New York City. The arrest took place after a loud verbal exchange between the man and tourists, witnesses said.
Ghost in the seats
A dummy ghost sits in the empty stadium before the Europa League Group K soccer match between SK Rapid Wien and Rosenborg BK in Vienna. Because of crowd trouble after Rapid Wien's qualifying match, the team was forced to play behind closed doors.
A Lego model of Singapore's Fullerton Hotel and Merlion statue is one of the attractions at Legoland Malaysia. Here, Legoland Parks Project Coordinator Stefan Bentivoglio of Germany makes some adjustments.
An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Pokemon jet moves past a Japan Airlines logo at Haneda airport in Tokyo.
Inflatable Mannekin Pis
During the Balloon Day Parade in Brussels, volunteers pull a giant balloon representing the city's famous Mannekin Pis statue. "Mannekin Pis" means "Little Man Pee" in a Dutch dialect; the statue dates to 1619.
Carrots not bullets
Marianne Thieme of the Party for Animals, wearing a bandolier loaded with carrots, arrives at the 13th-century Hall of Knights for the official opening of the new parliamentary year in The Hague, Netherlands.
Decorative wooden car
A Chinese carpenter presents his homemade wooden electric car at the 2012 China-Eurasia Expo. The carpenter spent six months and $7,880 building his vehicle.
Mosaic bottle cap art
Pensioner Olga Kostina assembles mosaics out of colored bottle caps. This mosaic, depicting a kitten and a penguin, decorates the outside of a building in Siberia, Russia. Kostina used more than 30,000 colored caps to decorate her house and other buildings.
Inspired by Robocop
Wearing a towering silver neck coil, artist Daphne Guinness arrives for the 2012 New York City Ballet Fall Gala at the Lincoln Center in New York. Guinness wore the neck coil with a severe black dress, silver gloves and metallic watch. The whole outfit reminded some New Yorkers of the new Robocop outfit, recently unveiled to promote the Robocop movie coming in the summer of 2013.
Big and little Elvis
A man and child dressed as iconic rocker Elvis Presley wait for the start of the second International T20 cricket match between England and South Africa at Old Trafford cricket ground, Manchester, England.
Painter and fashion blogger Florrie Clarke, the creator of intrinsicallyflorrie.com, poses outside the Courtyard Show Space during London Fashion Week. Clarke says that "every day is made better by the presence of pretty things."
Heads in a basket
A man carries a basket with mannequins wearing masks, similar to the ones used by members of the female punk band Pussy Riot, during the March of Millions protest rally in Moscow.
iPhone 5 hats
Fans wearing cardboard headbands depicting Apple's new iPhone 5 wait for the release of the much-anticipated phone near the Apple Store Ginza in Tokyo.
Artist Melody Yang looks through bubbles she created on a table during a demonstration in Vancouver, British Columbia. The demonstration was prior to her father attempting a world record for the number of people inside a bubble.
An armor-clad horseman attends the European Open Championship of Horseback Archery near Budapest, Hungary. The three-day event, which resembles an Eastern European version of an American rodeo, features athletes in colorful historic costumes.