- APTOPIX NJ Aquarium Hippos
Nine-year-old Audrey Bruben, of South River, N.J., gets a look from Genny, a 4,000 pound hippopotamus, as Adventure Aquarium opened a hippopotamus exhibit, "Hippo Haven," Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
NASA asked people to post a selfie in response to a simple question, "Where are you on Earth Right Now?" More than 50,000 photos streamed in, and the end result is the global selfie, composed of 36,422 of those photos.
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- Thailand Earthquake
Buses carrying tourists slowly cruise through a cracked road after an earthquake in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Officials said Tuesday that one person was killed and several dozen were hurt in an earthquake that struck northern Thailand and Myanmar a day earlier, smashing windows, cracking walls and roads and damaging Buddhist temples. (AP Photo/Wichai Taprieu)
- APTOPIX India Kashmir Daily Life
A stuntman performs in a car at the "Well of Death" at an exhibition in Srinagar, India, Friday, May 23, 2014. In the Well of Death, stunt drivers on motorbikes and cars drive in circles around the vertical walls of the well-shaped construction. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
- SRI LANKA-TRANSPORT
Sri Lankans hold on to the sides of passenger train in Colombo on May 26, 2014. Train travel is a popular mode of transport in this nation of 20 million people, due to its affordability. AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)
A white peacock opens its plumage at the Nogeyama zoo in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on May 25, 2014. Visitors enjoy a male Indina peacock spreading beautiful feathers for a female peacock during the breeding season. (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A balloon flies past Pope Francis during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
View of the moon during the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
A man kisses his son, rescued of the mine, on May 13, 2014 after an explosion in a coal mine in Manisa. At least 157 miners were killed in collapsed coal mine in the western Turkish city of Manisa. 'At least 200-300 workers were working in the mine when an electric fault caused an explosion,' the mayor of Soma, a district of Manisa, told private NTV television. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
- APTOPIX Cuba Cliff Diving
An athlete dives from the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series platform in the final round, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 10, 2014. The world's best cliff divers jumped from the 27-meter platform positioned on the historic Morro Castle in Havana. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
US President Barack Obama hands off a Presidential challenge coin after arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on May 8, 2014 near San Diego, California. Obama is on the second day of a three-day trip to California where he has largely been fundraising for Democrats. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Spanish player Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Finnish player Jarkko Nieminen during their men's singles third round tennis match at the Madrid Masters at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid on May 8, 2014. Nadal won the match 6-1, 6-4. AFP PHOTO / DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)
- HONG KONG-ECONOMY
Clouds clear away from Victoria Harbour after a rainstorm in Hong Kong on May 8, 2014. Hong Kong's economy is expected to expand at its fastest pace in three years in 2014, the government has said, while slashing public welfare spending as it projected a narrowing budget surplus. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE (Photo credit should read Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
- PORTUGAL-MUSIC-ROCK IN RIO-ROLLING-STONES-SPRINGSTEEN
Lead singer of British band Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger (C), and guitarist Ronnie Wood (L), perform with US singer Bruce Springsteen (R) at the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festival at Bela Vista Park in Lisbon on May 29, 2014. Rock in Rio runs from May 25 to June 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Bats cling onto the branches of a Banyan tree on the campus of Gujarat College in Ahmedabad on May 28, 2014. Due to the heatwave conditions in Gujarat state, the bats have moved to the lower limbs of the tree with many bats succumbing to the heat and dying. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)
- Three Bullfighters Gored At San Isidro Fair In Madrid - May 21, 2014
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 20: Spanish matador David Mora is gored by a bull during the San Isidro Fair at Las Ventas bullring on May 20, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. For the first time since 1979, the bullfight was cancelled after the three bullfighters were injured by bulls. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Pakistani labourers sit under the shade of a roadside installation featuring a car on a pole in Rawalpindi on May 27, 2014. Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the Punjab province as maximum temperatures hit 40 degrees celsius. AFP PHOTO /Farooq NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)
- APTOPIX India Train Accident
Indian officials and rescuers stand near the wreckage after the Gorakhpur Express passenger train slammed into a parked freight train Chureb, near Basti, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, May 26, 2014. According to officials at least 40 were killed. (AP Photo)
- APTOPIX Orioles Brewers Baseball
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (9) leaps over Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Schoop to turn a double play on a ball hit by Nick Markakis during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 26, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
- Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
- APTOPIX Shots Fired Home
In this frame grab from television helicopter video, a police SWAT team, left, is parked on the lawn of a home in Brentwood, N.H., as it explodes in flames, Monday May 12, 2014. Shots were fired just before the fire, which involved a police officer, according to the New Hampshire State Police. (AP Photo/WCVB-TV 5) TV OUT
- APTOPIX Rangers Penguins Hockey
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, a goal by New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh (not shown) gets past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) in the second period of Game 5 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series in Pittsburgh Friday, May 9, 2014. The Rangers won 5-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
US Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain grimaces at a member of the audience during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the situation in Ukraine on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Twin girls born with a rare condition in Ohio were delivered arm in arm earlier this month at Akron Children’s Hospital.
- Daily Life In Kiev Ahead Of The Ukrainian Presidential Election
KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 22: Kiev's mayoral candidate for the Internet Party, 'Darth Vader' arrives to speak to the media on Volodymyrska Hill on May 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Amongst his pledges Mr Vader promises 'Fish for everyone', and 'Anti gravity tripods for journalists'. Ukraine's Presidential elections are to be held on Sunday 25 May, 2014. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Members of the Star Wars fan club celebrate 'Star Wars Day' in front of the Colosseum in central Rome on May 4, 2014 AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
- AP10ThingsToSee - Air Force Academy Graduation
AP10ThingsToSee- Air Force Academy graduates throw their caps into the air as F-16 jets from the Thunderbirds make a flyover, at the completion of the graduation ceremony for the class of 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Country music artist Brad Paisley sings Happy Birthday to an Air Force staffer aboard Air Force One on May 26, 2014. Posted on Twitter by White House photographer Pete Souza.
- APTOPIX North Dakota Tornado
This photo taken on Monday, May 26, 2014 and provided by Jill Helmuth, shows a tornado touching down on a reach before heading towards Watford City, N.D. Authorities say several were injured and more than a dozen trailers were damaged or destroyed Monday evening when the twister tore through a camp where oil field workers stay. (AP Photo/Jill Helmuth)
Indian Muslim devotees watch as Mastan Hasanali Rafai performs with a sword during a procession in memory of Sufi saint Hazrat Pir Mehmood Shah Bukhari in Ahmedabad on May 5, 2014. The procession will reach Bhadiyad town, some 120 kms from Ahmedabad on May 9, marking the first day of the annual Urs of the saint. The Shrine of the Sufi saint Hazrat Pir Mehmood Shah Bukhari is situated at Bhadiyad and both Muslims and Hindu devotees pay their respects. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)
By ANDREW TAVANI
As the calendar turns from May to June and summer is within sight, take a look back at 31 incredible photos from the month that was. The May 2014 edition takes you around the world -- from the delivery room of a hospital in Ohio to the bull fighting rings of Spain to the coal mines of Turkey to a virtual view from outer space of what's being called 'The Global Selfie.' This collection of images illustrates the wrath of Mother Nature, the pain, the triumphs and the joys that made life on Earth in May 2014 so unique. Take a moment to reflect on it.
And be sure to click all the way through to the last photo. Some fair warning: The image of Mastan Hasanali Rafai performing an unusual maneuver with a sword is intense -- therefore we're placing it at the end so that if you do see it, you can take full responsibility for having made the decision to view it. Until next month, we bid you adieu.
For 30 amazing photos from April, click here.
For 31 amazing photos from March, click here.
For 28 amazing photos from February, click here.