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Nothing, it seems, gets past our readers.

That April 19 post featuring a boat hemmed in by high-rise apartment towers in Hong Kong? Not even a real boat, per reader Marion Puglisi, who pursued the truth of the matter with her source (her brother) in Hong Kong. It seems that the area was once the harbor front, and the real estate company that built the apartment buildings also built "what looks like a boat" on the property, "as a nod to that past."

And the April 7 post of artwork showing a city peeled back to reveal the nearly blank slate of what might once have been? That was a cropped version of a 2011 print advertising campaign by telecom corporation Batelco in Bahrain. The idea was that Batelco could help you peel away all the urban clutter to highlight just the bit you were interested in; different versions of the ad isolated a hospital, a hotel, and a Chinese restaurant. We have Pat Nelson to thank for peeling away the internet clutter via what she admits was "dogged image searching" to uncover the story behind the story.

And the name of this website, Hole in the Clouds? For what it's worth, today's photo does in fact show a real hole in real clouds. An airplane taking off from Sea-Tac airport last December punched this hole on a day when the air surrounding a mid-level cloud deck was so quiet and still that water vapor lacked the oomph to change from liquid to frozen form, despite superchilled temperatures up there that were way below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The airplane stirred things up, flash-freezing the cloud in its vicinity, and the ice dropped away, leaving us a big gaping hole for the camera.

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The Al Dhafra Camel and Heritage festival in western Abu Dhabi claims the only camel beauty contest in the world, but this photo captures preparations for one of the festival's more traditional events: a race across the sands of the Empty Quarter. A purebred race camel can cost as much as a thoroughbred racehorse.

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Two years ago, in the month of May, a wild ruffed grouse, who was soon known as Grousey, made his home in a part of southern New Hampshire that was also claimed as home by a human, who was already known as Pat.

For almost seventh months, until mid-December 2016, Grousey and Pat shared their territory. Or tried to.

By all accounts–we're talking social media accounts here–Grousey found living with Pat to be a trial and a nuisance. He often had to chase her into the house and keep guard at her doorway, lest she dare to venture out again.

He acquired many Facebook friends and other fans, and he "never failed to make a showing for those who came to visit." But if they outstayed their welcome, he'd run them off, nipping at their heels.

No one was surprised that Grousey didn't show his feathered little face in the wintertime. But when spring 2017 rolled around, he still did not reappear. "Fans like to think," we're told, "that he smartened up and set up an alternative territory not shared by bothersome humans."

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Cine Fenix in Havana was once a 600-seat movie palace; since the revolution, it has been divided into apartments for ten families.

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Photographer Panos Skordas won the Greek national award in Sony's world photo competition with this shot of his son dressed as a minotaur, in the Palace of Minos at Knossos, Crete.

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Bangladesh national winner in Sony's 2018 worldwide photo competition.

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Drone's eye view of a yacht, said to be abandoned, in a Hong Kong neighborhood of government apartment towers.

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In Bakhtapur, ancient royal city of Nepal.

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Above the skaters in this Dutch engraving believed to date from a few years before 1650 is a banner proclaiming "How well we suit each other."

This is a political cartoon, with the proclamation evidently meaning that owls do best with other owls or, as Anita sang to Maria in West Side Story, "Stick to your own kind–one of your own kind."

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Robin goes next door and hangs out with the neighbors.