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When Life Gives You Lemons, Party At The Lemon Festival

Fete du Citron India

The theme of the 2006 Menton Lemon Festival was Carnivals of the World: India. Source: 4rt Gallery

Despite all the yellow citrus fruit’s uses—like helping detoxify your liver, lightening your hair and stimulating your metabolism—the French city of Menton has come up with the lemon’s best and perhaps most extravagant use ever. Say hello to the Fête du Citron, a unique lemon festival that brings more than 160,000 tourists to the southeastern France city every spring.

Nicknamed the Cité des Citrons (the City of Lemons), the Mediterranean city has produced lemons since the 15th century. After becoming the continent’s largest producer of the fruit, a local hotelier decided to create a flower and citrus exhibition in 1929. The exposition was a success, and in 1934 the municipality officially created the first Fête du Citron.

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Berlin: Home Of The World’s Fishiest – And Coolest – Hotels

German AquaDom Tower

The giant AquaDom tower draws tourists from around the globe. Source: Joerg Carstensen/EPA

Berlin has rightly earned a reputation as one of the world’s coolest cities – and perhaps that’s why it’s not that surprising that the German capital is also home to one of the world’s most impressive aquariums.

For truly stunning aquatic life and structures that house them you don’t have to head an educational institution – you can just visit the Radisson Blu Hotel. Built in 2004 as part of the Sea Life Center complex, the AquaDom (which was constructed at a cost of 12.8 million Euros) stands 82 feet high and holds more than 1,500 fish, 50 of which are unique species. This aquarium’s tower is so large (holding 260,000 gallons of water) that an entire team of divers has to clean it three to four times each day.

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Photo Of The Day: Marines Set To Prevent Turtle Eggs’ Poaching

Marines protect turtle eggs from poachers

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Poaching has become an increasing threat for olive ridley sea turtles in Mexico. These endangered creatures are often exploited for food, bait, oil, leather, and fertilizer. During the nesting season, hunters are known to comb through beaches at night, looking for nesting female turtles. Although egg collection is illegal in Mexico, and the sale of turtle meat and eggs has been banned for more than two decades, turtle poaching continues to rise in the nation.

In order to combat poaching and any other threats posed by humans, governments and conservationists have developed and tested various methods, including education, ecotourism based on sea turtles, and patrolling nesting beaches. Oaxaca, Mexico plans on taking extra measures to patrolling nesting beaches, Escobilla and Morro Ayuta, by deploying drones that will curb poaching, accompanied by marines on land.

Environmental activists estimate that about 80% of Morro Ayuta beach’s turtle eggs are poached a night. But Guillermo Haro, prosecutor at Mexico’s environmental body, Profepa, hopes to see a significant decline in poaching: “With two drones that are the property of Profepa to surveil (beaches) Escobilla and Morro Ayuta and the result we hope for is to eradicate forever the illegal extraction of turtle eggs in these two beaches.”

Here’s What You Need To Know About Oktoberfest

Historic Oktoberfest Costume

The classic dress such as lederhosen, over the knee leather pants, and traditional head wear are all on full display during the costume parade. Source: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

As temperatures begin to cool and daylight hours start to dwindle, there is little better way to send summer off than by sipping a cold beer with family and friends. But what if we told you that what we recognize as Oktoberfest, the German festival which does just that and then some, was not exactly meant to last more than one week?

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