Whether for love, war, or ceremony, people have been altering their appearance for thousands of years. A model displays body art during the 13th Ukrainian Open Championship for hairdressing, nail design, makeup, and body art in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2009.
A Chelsea Pensioner takes a photograph during a Founder's Day ceremony at the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.
A youth practices parkour, jumping off a wall during a sunny day in central London. Britain's Met Office weather service expect temperatures to rise to 77 degrees Fahrenheit in London and southeast England.
Indians celebrate after their team won the ICC World Cup cricket semifinal match against Pakistan, in Mumbai, India. India upstaged archrival Pakistan by 29 runs in the so-called 'mother of all World Cup matches' to progress to the final against Sri Lanka, giving Sachin Tendulkar another chance to reach his 100th hundred after his charmed innings fell just short on Wednesday.
A model presents a creation by Pilar Vera during the International Flamenco Fashion Show SIMOF in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. The show will run until Feb. 6.
An Egyptian anti-government activist kisses a riot police officer following clashes in Cairo. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters poured into the streets of Egypt, stoning and confronting police who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas in the most violent and chaotic scenes yet in the challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
An Indian lion, Joy, relaxes with her 2-month old cub in the Zoo of Zurich, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.
The Netherlands' World Cup fans are basking in the orange glow of Tuesday's semifinal victory over Uruguay, which propels Holland into the championship match for the first time since 1978.
Ahead of today's Netherlands vs Uruguay semifinal, Holland fans swarmed into Cape Town, South Africa, draping themselves in bright orange and appearing to outnumber their South American counterparts by at least 5 to 1.
This form of 'English lite' is out from under the control of native speakers; does that matter?