American author Ursula K. Le Guin once famously said: “What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?” We tip our hats to Madam Le Guin and bring to you some of the most insanely fascinating photos from around the world.
This week in pictures: Badass brides in Romania, fire-walkers in China, body-painters in South Korea, and a disgruntled Russian polar bear taken into police custody.
Check them out below and vote for your favorite.
A Greenpeace activist, dressed as a polar bear, sits inside a police car after being detained outside Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
A model participates in the 2012 International Bodypainting Festival Asia at Duryu park on September 1, 2012 in Daegu, South Korea. The festival is the largest event in the field of body painting and spreads the art form to thousands of interested visitors each year. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
A Romanian bride poses for pictures at the Arch of Triumph in Bucharest, Romania, after being "kidnapped" on her wedding night on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. It's one of Romania's more colorful customs: bride-napping. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The feet of a protestor are displayed as others stand in water during the 'Jal Satyagraha' or 'insistence on truth by water' at the Ghogal village, in the Khandwa area, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. The protesters are demanding compensation and rehabilitation for villagers whose homes will be submerged under water after opening the gates of the Omkareshwar dam in the state because of rising tide of the Narmada River. (AP Photo)
A Lebanese man smokes a cigarette while firefighters, unseen, try to extinguish a fire in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
A bisected chimpanzee head is preserved at The Grant Museum of Zoology, on September 4, 2012, in London, England. Containing 67,000 specimens, the Grant Museum of Zoology is the only one of it's kind in London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A diver takes part in the Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition, at the Blue Lagoon, at Abereiddy, near St David's, on September 7, 2012, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Competitors will dive from a platform 27 metres above the sea and enter the water at 85-90kph. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A man walks barefoot on burning embers during a traditional Firewalking ceremony in hope of avoiding disasters on September 6, 2012, in Pan'an County, Zhejiang Province of China. (ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A 6.8 m tall huge sofa is displayed at the Henderson Metropolitan on September 1, 2012, in Shanghai, China. The sofa is 7.7 m wide, 5 m deep and was known as the biggest sofa in the world. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A costumed dancer takes part in the 45th annual West Indian American Day Parade on September 3, 2012, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The parade attracts up to three million people annually and celebrates the islands of the West Indies. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)