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From Fort Stewart, Georgia, to Dagupan City, Philippines, we received dozens of interesting stories from iReporters around the world this week. Here are five standout iReports you may have missed.
There are two things that we can all agree on here at team iReport: Animal videos are pretty great, and underwater animal videos are even better. So you can imagine how thrilled we all were when we spotted this video from Robert A.S. Suntay of an octopus creating a makeshift home out of a tin can. He spotted the resourceful creature in Anilao, a popular diving location in the Philippines.
“Octopi are very smart but shy critters,” explained Suntay. “That's why I had to be really patient just waiting for it to see me, get used to me, and then react by dragging its home around. After trying to move away from me a couple of times, at the end of the video, you can see that it finally decides to just enter its can and cover itself with a shell. Brilliant move!”
iReporter Amy Proctor stood in 90-degree heat for four long hours last Friday waiting to see the President and first lady at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Fortunately, she says the wait was worth it. Proctor, who got a ticket to the event through her husband’s unit, captured some fantastic photos as President Obama spoke out against deceptive practices by "diploma mills" -- for-profit colleges that lure military personnel and veterans. Despite the fact that she’s not an Obama supporter, she said “it was a great experience.”
Another iReport from the Philippines made our list this week. Christopher Domingo shared photos from Dagupan City’s traditional Bangus Festival, which features grilling thousands of bangus, or milkfish, in the city streets. “It is a celebration of the fruits of hard work and sacrifice of all of the people who were involved in the industry, leading to a rich and bountiful harvest,” Domingo said.
We received dozens of iReports from May Day celebrations and protests around the world, but this video from Paris, France, stood out from the rest. Adrian Westbrook shot fantastic footage of the crowds filling the Boulevard Saint Germain Tuesday afternoon with his Canon 7D. While Westbrook, a self-described “casual observer,” said there were many different groups and perspectives represented in the march, “the dominant theme appeared to be an all-encompassing disdain for the incumbent president and a proprietary reclamation of the May Day festival itself.”
And a different type of procession took place in Kyoto, Japan, on Thursday as hundreds of people dressed up as samurais for the city’s annual Akechi Mitshuide Festival, which celebrates the famous samurai and his lasting legacy. “Hundreds of samurai-costumed people marched around the old city,” said iReporter Chieko Ohkuma, who shared photos of volunteers in elaborate handmade costumes.
Thanks to the above iReporters and everyone who shared original stories this week – it’s always fascinating to see what’s happening around the world.
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