Comanesti, Romania Daniel Mihailescu/Getty
Children wearing bear skins take a rest from dancing
Rings are put in noses of bears so that they can be made to dance and fight for the entertainment of humans. It is we who are the true monsters and brutes and demons and wild things, not them.
—Chauncey DeVega, politics writer
Ibi, Spain Jaime Reina/Getty
Revellers dressed in mock military garb take part in the 'Enfarinats' battle
As we've previously reported on this site, Spain has a tradition of celebrating major holidays with food fights. To mark the 200-year-old festival of Els Enfarinats, the town of Ibi, Spain, stages a mock battle outside the town hall during which participants pound each other with firecrackers, flour, eggs and more. Money collected in fines by "Els Enfarinats," the men in military dress covered in flour, is donated to charity.
—Melanie McFarland, TV critic
Wiltshire, England Matt Cardy/Getty
Riders and hunt supporters gather with their dogs for the traditional Boxing Day meet for the Avon Vale Hunt
Hello doggies! Who's a good dog! You are! Who's very good at finding foxes, killing them and then ripping them apart? Yes you are! You so are!
—Jeremy Binckes, cover editor
Dhaka, Bangladesh Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters
Children play with old bicycle tires at a rice-processing mill
In today's world of ubiquitous screens and digital distractions, children being entertained by discarded bicycle tires seems almost absurd. Yet this image from Bangladesh illustrates that the imagination is where play takes place. Have we all been deceived by pixels of light?
—Michael Hardy, director of optimization