Take Your Best Shot: Upper Midwest

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dog show

America’s top dog, Banana Joe, stands next to his trophy after winning the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in NY. 960 1280

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mardi gras

A Mardi Gras reveler dangles beads off of a balcony on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. 960 1280

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cupid run

Cupid’s Undie Run participants jog past the US Supreme Court. The 1.5-mile “world’s largest underwear race” raised over $1 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. 960 1280

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fashion week

A model walks the runway in a creation by Zac Posen for his Autumn/Winter 2013 show during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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snow storm

A woman walks down Beacon Hill during heavy snowfall in Boston, MA. The monster blizzard pummeled the Northeastern US and left thousands without power. 960 1280

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grammy award

Mumford & Sons pose with their awards for Album of the Year and Best Long Form Music Video after the 55th annual Grammy Awards in LA. 960 1280

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heartwalk

People take photos in “Heartwalk” in Times Square. The Valentine heart was made from boards salvaged from boardwalks from NY and NJ that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 960 1280

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carnival rio

Dancers from the Sao Clemente samba school perform on the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome. 960 1280

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swimsuit models

Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Natasha Barnard, Adora Akubilo, Anne Vyalitsyna, Jessica Perez, Jessica Gomes and Kate Boch ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue hit newsstands this week. 960 1280

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christies auction

An employee from the Christie’s salesrooms poses between the two halves of Damien Hirst’s “Away from the Flock (Divided)” piece. Christie’s in London will be auctioning off some of Hirst’s pieces at the Post War and Contemporary art sale this week. 960 1280

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dog wedding

Two dogs, Chispas and Luna, get married during their symbolic wedding as part of a Valentine’s Day celebration in Lima. 960 1280

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Dancers from the Belarussian plastic theatre “InZhest” perform a piece called “…After” during the first Belarussian forum of physical and dance theatres in Minsk. 960 1280

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carival clowns

Celebrators dressed as clowns participate in the clowns parade for Carnival in Sesimbra village. 960 1280

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dragon dance

Fire dragon dancers perform in a shower of spewing firework-like sparks, during Chinese Spring Festival celebrations at an amusement park in Beijing. 960 1280

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lion cubs

A female lion, Lemon, cleans her 3 cubs that she gave birth to a month ago at the Cali Zoo. 960 1280

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This large sign commemorated the opening of Disneyland's new look in 1959. The park opened on July 18, 1955 to long lines of eager families and children. Although many of the rides have since changed, the long lines remain the same. 960 1280

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The Santa Monica Pier has been a mecca for people watching for more than 100 years. When you're done ogling the tanned and toned bodies on the pier, be sure to check out the midway games or the viewing deck. 960 1280

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This iconic Randy's Donuts shop features a giant donut 32.5 feet in diameter, enough to make even the diet conscious crave one of the tasty treats inside. 960 1280

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Featured as cover art on the Eagles' "Hotel California" record album, the Beverly Hills Hotel is the perfect spot to spy movie stars lounging by the pool or going incognito as they recover from plastic surgery. 960 1280

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Angelenos stuck in LA's notoriously snarled traffic are sure to be familiar with this sign. Route 101 winds from downtown LA through Hollywood and west to the California coast. 960 1280

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Practice your stage voice at the Orpheum theatre, which was originally a venue for vaudeville acts. You never know who might be in the audience: American Idol and America's Got Talent have broadcasted shows from Orpheum. 960 1280

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The LA Dodgers Stadium is one of the oldest - and biggest - stadiums in Major League Baseball. If your wallet can take it, a Baseline Box will give you a great view of the field and your own private restaurant. 960 1280

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Hollywood Boulevard is one of the biggest tourist stops in LA. If you're on the lookout for celebrities, be careful: in order to prevent cruising, it is illegal to drive the boulevard more than twice in four hours. 960 1280

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Westwood Village is one of the most interesting architectural hotspots of LA, with styles ranging from Art Deco to Mediterranean. Celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Zappa and others are buried nearby. 960 1280

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The Chateau Marmont is steeped in Hollywood legend: John Belushi died in one of its rooms, and Lindsay Lohan, Howard Hughes, Keanu Reeves and many others were former long-term residents. 960 1280

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A paradise for surfers and those who love them, Malibu beaches were also the filming location of the first surfing movie, Gidget. 960 1280

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Feeling nostalgic? Mel's Drive-In vaulted into diner legend when it was used in the 1973 George Lucas film American Graffiti. In order to best recreate scenes from the movie, don't forget the poodle skirt or plenty of pomade. 960 1280

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Running from Chicago to LA, Route 66 may no longer be part of the official interstate highway system, but is most definitely still a stylish place to get your kicks. 960 1280

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The Santa Monica Freeway runs east to west, allowing drivers to escape the city to Santa Monica to the west or Palm Springs to the east. Prepare yourself for serious traffic if you visit this 14-lane highway, even on weekends. 960 1280

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LA's many tour companies will take you on a star safari in hopes of spying celebrities in their natural habitat. 960 1280

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Only famous handprints will do in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located along 1.3 miles of Hollywood Boulevard and Pine Street in downtown LA. 960 1280

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Located in the Hollywood Hills, this sign is one of the most recognizable in LA. Those who would like to see the sign up close may be disappointed: there is a security system installed to prevent vandalism. 960 1280

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery featured a rocket disguised as a Bob's Big Boy sign, but diners should not fear: they will only find burgers and other treats inside. 960 1280

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Transformers
Transformers

Transformers

Fans attend the premiere of Transformers: Dark Side of The Moon in New York City's Times Square on June 28, 2011. 960 1280

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same-sex marriage

Marchers carry balloons down 5th Ave during the 2011 NYC LGBT Pride March on the streets of Manhattan. Thousands of revelers had reason to celebrate since New York state legislators approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which Governor Cuomo signed in to law on Friday, June 24, 2011. 960 1280

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motorcross race

A motocross rider participates in the Rocket Ride race during Erzberg Rodeo near the village of Eisenerz in the Austrian province of Styria. Erzberg Rodeo is one of the biggest Enduro races in the world. 960 1280

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track and field

Men compete in the 5,000 meter run final on day 2 of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Hayward Field in Eugene, OR. 960 1280

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International Sand Sculptures Festival

International Sand Sculptures Festival

An artist walks in front of a sand sculpture before the official opening of the International Sand Sculptures Festival in the Black Sea coastal town of Burgas, east from Sofia, Bulgaria. 960 1280

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A rider rears up on his horse surrounded by a crowd in downtown Ciutadella, in the Spanish Balearic Island of Menorca, during traditional Fiesta of San Joan (Saint John). The riders of the horses are the representatives of ancient Ciutadella society - nobility, clergy, craftsmen and farmers. 960 1280

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airborne jetpacks

airborne jetpacks

Scott Oosting (L) and Dave Tuxbury (R) go airborne with jetpacks providing human flight experiences in Key West, FL. The flight apparatus is tethered by a 30-foot hose dragging a tiny boat with a pump that uses seawater as propellant. During training, the instructor remotely operates the vehicle, but as the participant becomes more proficient, he gains more control. 960 1280

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Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin

An Emperor Penguin stands on a beach on Kapiti coast. The bird's arrival, the second ever recorded according to New Zealand's Department of Conservation, has caught the public's attention as Emperor Penguins usually live in Antarctica. 960 1280

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Asar Pandhra Festival

Asar Pandhra Festival

Children play in a paddy field during the Asar Pandhra Festival in Bhaktapur. Farmers in Nepal celebrate the festival to mark the commencement of rice crop planting. 960 1280

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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls, Oregon
After an ice storm, freezing cold water continues to plummet an impressive 620 feet into the Columbia River. Visitors can take in the spectacular view from the Benson Bridge, built in 1914 for scenes like this one.
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Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Snow coats the ground around the Belgian Pool, a hot spring in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. You can look, but don't get too close! Originally named Oyster Spring, the natural wonder was renamed after a Belgian visitor who fell into it in 1929 and suffered fatal thermal burns.
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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
A snowy shot of Bryce Canyon's hoodoos, tall rock structures that form from water, wind and ice erosion.
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St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouses, Michigan
The St. Joseph Lighthouses attempt to withstand the elements on frozen Lake Michigan. The 2 lighthouses were built in the early 1900s, and the outer light is one of the oldest on the lake.
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Yosemite

Yosemite

Yosemite National Park, California
The setting sun illuminates El Capitan monolith in frozen Yosemite National Park. A favorite for advanced rock climbers, "The Chief" is the world's largest solid granite block, rising an awe-inspiring 3,500 feet above the ground.
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Coyote Butts

Coyote Butts

Coyote Buttes, Arizona
Jack Frost puts an icy touch on "The Wave," an incredible sandstone rock formation in Coyote Buttes North, a section of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. In order to preserve the spectacular sight, only 20 hikers (with permits) per day are allowed to visit.
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Joshua Tree National Park, California
The sun rises over snow-clad Joshua trees in California's Mojave Desert.
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Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris tries out the new Polaroid InstantShot -- smile! 960 1280

  

uwater MP3 player

uwater MP3 player

If listening to music while swimming or diving is your wish, check out the Uwater Waterproof MP3 player. 960 1280

  

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG unveiled a 55-inch 3D OLED TV that is the thinnest and lightest OLED TV on the market. It features voice and gesture recognition. 960 1280

  

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

There's no need to worry about where your keys are with SimpliciKey. The electronic deadbolt can be opened using a remote control or by simply entering a code into the keypad. 960 1280

  

Zipbuds

Zipbuds

These earphones won't get tangled because of their unique Zipper-integrated cabling. They provide superior sound with comfortable eartips. Zipbuds can be used with iPads, iPods, iPhones, Andriods and other media devices. 960 1280

  

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Chris had the opportunity to try out Mercedes-Benz's Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience (DICE). DICE is an augmented reality-based dashboard that allows users to control features of their car with simple hand movements. Users can also see weather, social media, messages, GPS and more. 960 1280

  

Mobileye Driver Assistance

Mobileye Driver Assistance

The Mobileye 5 Driver Assistance product helps identify situations that could become dangerous, such as lane departures, pedestrian presence and headway monitoring. It can also help control the car by doing things like switching high beams on and off. This model has Bluetooth, so critical real-time warnings can be delivered to a smartphone. 960 1280

  

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

The Casio 3-D Digital Painting tool will transform 2-D images into 3-D masterpieces by either adding subtle texture or making them truly 3-D like the cat in this picture. They hope to have the product on the market soon. 960 1280

  

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

The Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard lets you add a full-sized keyboard to any smartphone. Just attach your device and project the keyboard on a surface so you can type away. 960 1280

  

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

A task as simple as shaving is now enhanced with the Schick Hydro Power Select Razor. Users can select from 3 settings to find the vibration that is best for them. It also has a hydrating gel reservoir that when activated with water releases a gel to soothe skin. 960 1280

  

GorillaMobile kit

GorillaMobile kit

The GorillaMobile is a one-of-a-kind mobile entertainment kit that lets you attach devices such as your smartphone or digital camera to unusual places. It includes adhesive cups, suction cups, rubber foot grips and a camera adapter screw. 960 1280

  

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

The House of Marley Bag of Rhythm lets you turn your iPod, iPhone or any other portable music device into an audio system. The bag includes twin tweeters and woofers to amplify the sound. 960 1280

  

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio's G-Shock Smart Watch is Bluetooth-LE enabled so the watch can connect to your phone and alert you to e-mails, calls and texts, and help you locate your phone if you can't remember where you put it. 960 1280

  

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

The IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security App lets you control up to 9 cameras set up in your home. With the app you can move, tilt or zoom them and power them on or off. 960 1280

  

iBallz tablet protection

iBallz tablet protection

The iBallz are a great way to protect your tablet. They slip onto the corners of your device and prevent damage when it is dropped. You can also use them to position your tablet in a tilt position for typing or watching movies. 960 1280

  

Case-Mate Tank

Case-Mate Tank

These Case-Mate Tank cases are military-grade strength and can stand up to any abuse you put your iPhone through. The retractable screen shield slides into place to prevent cracking and condensation. 960 1280

  

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox, the makers of Swiss Army Knives, are now entering the flash drive market. In the new product, the flash drive can either take the place of the knife or be added onto one. They range in size from 4GB and higher, and some offer a layer of protection that only allows access via fingerprint recognition. 960 1280

  

Bone Collection Horn Stand

Bone Collection Horn Stand

The Bone Collection Horn Stand adds 13 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone, and can also be used to prop the phone in the vertical or horizontal positions. 960 1280

  

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD is a sports case that transforms your iPhone 4S/4/iPod into an HD action sports camera. It is waterproof so it can withstand all types of weather. The case includes an anti-vibration sled to help limit vibrations. 960 1280

  

Brighton Beach Surf Shop

Brighton Beach Surf Shop

The Brighton Beach Surf Shop has been a mainstay of the Jersey Shore since 1962. Swing by the shop for surf lessons, ding repairs, classic boards and more. 960 1280

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Randy Townsend

Randy Townsend

Surfer Randy Townsend gives the shaka sign of greeting, as New Jersey writer Jon Coen holds his surfboard on Long Beach Island. 960 1280

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Wildwood

Wildwood

Wildwood (or Wildwoods, as it's also called, if you count its 4 communities) is a city in Cape May County, NJ. It's also a popular summer resort destination, with a nearly 2-mile boardwalk, amusement complex and waterparks. 960 1280

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Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City Boardwalk

The Atlantic City Boardwalk dates back to 1870, making it one of the oldest boards of its kind in the US. Through the years, it's also been home to several piers. 960 1280

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Seaside Heights Boardwalk

Seaside Heights Boardwalk

On the Seaside Heights Boardwalk, sample a salt water taffy treat. The sweet sticky candy is made with sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, glycerine, water, salt, butter, flavor, food color -- but contrary to its name -- no salt water. 960 1280

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James Candy Company

James Candy Company

At the James Candy Company, all salt water taffy, boardwalk fudge, cream mints and coconut macaroons are made in the company's original factory, pictured here. 960 1280

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Cool Scoops

Cool Scoops

It's not called Cool Scoops for nothing. This ice cream parolor in Wildwood, NJ, takes you back in time, with memorabilia including this Elvis statue. 960 1280

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Cool Scoops Car Booth

Cool Scoops Car Booth

The Cool Scoops ice cream parlor includes a Car Booth Room, with vintage vehicles. 960 1280

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Seaside Heights Dusk

Seaside Heights Dusk

Seaside Heights is best known as the setting for MTV's reality TV series Jersey Shore. Here, a gentle orange glow casts a tinge on the beach at dusk. 960 1280

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Karma

Karma

There's a lot of action going on inside. An exterior shot of Karma, a popular night club that inspired no shortage of drama for MTV's Jersey Shore crew. 960 1280

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Lifeguards

Lifeguards

You're in good hands with these dudes. Here, 4 lifeguards stand before a patrol vehicle on the beach. 960 1280

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Boardwalk

Boardwalk

It's an amusement park nirvana on Jersey Shore's boardwalks. 960 1280

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Wild Ocean Surf Shop

Wild Ocean Surf Shop

And when the sun sets on Jersey Shore, get ready for a vibrant nightlife filled with bars, clubs and more. Here, a view of the Wild Ocean Surf Shop in Wildwood, NJ. 960 1280

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