“Hundreds” of blondes paraded through Riga, Latvia at the third annual “March of the Blondes” festival designed to lift the country’s spirits following a rough stretch for the economy.
More than 500 blondes registered, including 15 from New Zealand, seven from Finland and 32 from Lithuania, according to a woman who told Agence France-Presse that she was the head of the Latvian Association of Blondes.
Money collected during the event goes to local charities.
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A clumsy smuggler (who managed to get away) failed to contain the dozens of king cobras and other snakes he was transporting from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Hanoi (probably to be sold illegally to restaurants).
After panic broke out on the train and police were called, the snakes were collected and turned over to a sanctuary.
Upscale restaurants can charge as much as the equivalent of $500 for a meal of king cobra, beginning with the selection of the snake, and having it killed at tableside, on to a serving of a snake’s-blood appetizer.
In one survey, 84 percent of Hanoi’s restaurants were serving illegal wild animals of some sort, including weasel, monitor lizard and porcupine.
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