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Ten weird and wonderful images of our world in 2013

  • Frozen fire
    A truck was covered in ice after Chicago firefighters had to tackle a massive blaze at a warehouse during freezing January weather. (Getty Images)
  • Hand grafted
    Chinese doctors kept Xie Wei’s severed hand alive by grafting it to his ankle, before managing to replant the hand back on his arm. (Getty Images)
  • Green tide
    Beaches in China’s northeast Sandong province were covered in carpets of thick green seaweed after a massive growth of algae in the Yellow Sea. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Plume with a view
    Astronaut Chris Hadfield took this shot of a trail of smoke drifting from Sicily’s Mt Etna volcano from the International Space Station (ISS) in April. (Nasa/AFP)
  • Muddy warblers
    Backpacker Daniel Trim captured these mudskippers mid-song in Krabi, southern Thailand. (Daniel Trim/Rex Features)
  • Pedal power
    Czech engineers tested an electric bike prototype which can hover in the air. The design was tested indoors with a dummy in a Prague warehouse. (CTK/AP)
  • Reel small
    Stop-motion animation A Boy and His Atom – starring a cast of a few thousands atoms moved with the help of magnets – became the world’s smallest film. (IBM)
  • Water features
    Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s smiling face is pictured upside down, refracted in a floating ball of water on board the ISS. (Nasa)
  • Bits and bites
    A cook in a robot-themed restaurant in Harbin, northeast China, where 20 robots perform chores, from ushering guests to waiting tables and cooking dishes. (Getty Images)
  • We fish you a Merry Christmas
    An aquarium staff member dressed as Santa Claus hugs a zebra shark at the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo. (AP)
Some of the most bizarre and beautiful pictures captured in 2013, from a flying electric bike to some decidedly operatic mudskippers.

More amazing image galleries of the year:

The year in weather

The year in space

The year in design and architecture

The year in wildife

People of the year

The year in transport

Visions of the future in 2013

2013: Stunning places

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