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Nothing says tough like holding a table with your teeth

Displays of machismo and bravado by militaries of Russia and China are nothing new, but it's always worth a look and a laugh.

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A Russian soldier holds a desk with his mouth at the harbor of Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok on Friday, July 29.

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A Russian soldier smashes a brick with a hammer on the stomach of a fellow soldier during a performance as part of a naval parade rehearsal at the harbour of Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok, Friday, July 29. Russia will mark its Navy Day on July 31.

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Athletes Vladimir Muravlyov (front) of Ukraine and Roman Gavrusik of Russia pull 10 railway cars, weighing 500 tons, over 30 feet during in an attempt to beat a previous Russian record at the central railway station of Krasnoyarsk, on Friday, July 29. They broke a previous record of 9 cars pulled, weighing some 460 tons in 2006.

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