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Feeling too good about life? Then head on over to Reddit, the Internet’s misanthropic answer to Buzzfeed’s heart-warming listicles. One thread is currently attracting particular attention: ‘What is the creepiest Wikipedia page?’ Most entries are predictably about serial killers, rapists and necrophiles, but here are some which are genuinely uncanny. Abandon all hope, ye who read on.

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Simple and efficient, rail travel nonetheless inspires a sense of romance. By train, subway, and a seemingly endless variety of trams, trolleys, and coal shaft cars, we've moved on rails for hundreds of years. Industry too relies on the billions of tons of freight moved annually by rolling stock. Gathered here are images of rails in our lives, the third post in an occasional series on transport, following Automobiles and Pedal power. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
An employee adjusts a CRH380B high-speed Harmony bullet train as it stops for an examination during a test run at a bullet train exam and repair center in Shenyang, China on October 23, 2012. (Stringer/Reuters)     

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THREATENING TO JUMP
THREATENING TO JUMP: A woman identified as an engineer in her 30s working for the Workers’ Housing Organization, one of the public bodies to be closed in austerity cuts, sat on a window ledge of the office building and threatened to jump in Athens Wednesday. (Angelos Tzortzinis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SEA OF PEPPERS
SEA OF PEPPERS: A worker sorted chilies near Ahmedabad, India, Wednesday. (Ajit Solanki/Associated Press)

DIFFERENT VIEW
DIFFERENT VIEW: A child looked out as Ultraorthodox Jewish people gathered for a traditional wedding in Bnei Brak, Israel, Tuesday. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press)

BRINGING HER DAUGHTER TO WORK
BRINGING HER DAUGHTER TO WORK: Licia Ronzulli, Italy’s member of the European Parliament, voted Wednesday during a session in Strasbourg, France, with her daughter in her lap. (Vincent Kessler/Reuters)

A MOTHER REMEMBERS
A MOTHER REMEMBERS: The mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan attended a memorial service at the Island of Tears memorial complex in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday. The ceremony was held to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Soviet pullout from Afghanistan. (Tatyana Zenkovich/European Pressphoto Agency)

HARD HEAD
HARD HEAD: A police officer broke marble slabs with his head during a martial arts demonstration in Seoul Wednesday. Police are preparing to secure the Nuclear Security Summit, which will be held in Seoul in March. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

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RESCUE WORK
RESCUE WORK: A man pointed to a spot in the rubble as rescuers gathered in Van, Turkey, Tuesday. Earlier, rescuers freed a baby and her mother, both alive. The death toll had risen to 432 by Tuesday afternoon from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that rattled eastern Turkey Sunday. (Quentin Top/Wostok Press/Maxppp/Zuma Press)

LIFTED UP
LIFTED UP: A wounded protester was rushed to a makeshift hospital in San’a, Yemen, after government troops opened fire on tens of thousand of demonstrators, killing at least two, on Tuesday. (Marwan Naamani/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

WILL ROW FOR FOOD
WILL ROW FOR FOOD: People paddled toward food dropped by a Thai army helicopter in a village that has been isolated by flooding in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Tuesday. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

HUNKERED DOWN
HUNKERED DOWN: A police officer stood guard inside a bunker after a grenade exploded in a market in Srinagar, India, Tuesday. Suspected militants carried out two grenade attacks on security force installations, injuring at least three paramilitary soldiers, police said. (Altaf Zargar/Zuma Press)

LUNCH BREAK
LUNCH BREAK: A vendor ate amid piles of stacked rice at a market in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, Tuesday. (Reuters)


PRESENT! European Parliament member Czeslaw Adam Siekierski attended a debate Tuesday in Strasbourg, France, regarding the economic crisis. (Vincent Kessler/Reuters)

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COLLAPSED
COLLAPSED: A man watched as rescue workers removed rubble from a decades-old building that fell Tuesday night in the Old Delhi area of New Delhi. At least seven people died in the collapse. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press)

THE AYES HAVE IT
THE AYES HAVE IT: European Parliament members voted during a session in Strasbourg, France, Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso urged the European Union to hasten its reforms to resolve the sovereign-debt crisis. (Christophe Karaba/European Pressphoto Agency)

PROTECTED
PROTECTED: Displaced children slept under a mosquito net on a roadside in Mirpur Khas, in Pakistan’s Sindh Province, Wednesday. They left their homes amid heavy flooding. Heavy monsoon rains have pounded 5.4 million people in the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan. (Shakil Adil/Associated Press)

FIRED UP
FIRED UP: Activists with the Sunni Tehreek political organization burned U.S. flags in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, to protest U.S. ‘threats.’ The U.S. wants Pakistan to clamp down on the Haqqani network, which it blames for an attack earlier this month on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. (Asif Hassan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LITTLE FINGERS
LITTLE FINGERS: Children wove carpets at a home workshop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday. According to a recent report from the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, around 42% of Afghans are unemployed and 36% have a daily income of less than 50 Afghanis ($1). (Adek Berry/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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Muslims around the globe have begun their holiest month of the year by giving up food, drink, smoking and other physical needs from dawn till dusk each day. In many communities, large dinner gatherings are held each evening to break the fast. The month also marks a time for Muslims to reexamine their lives through the prism of Islamic teachings. -- Lloyd Young (38 photos total)
A student reads the Koran before morning prayer on the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo, Indonesia Central Java province, August 2. (Beawiharta/Reuters)

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