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August 19th, 2009
04:58 PM ET

Beat 360° – 08/19/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Two men compete during the traditional German 'Fingerhakeln' championships on August 15, 2009 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Two opponents sit on a table and hook their middlefingers into a leather ribbon and try to pull the other one over the table. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE BEAT 360º WINNERS

Staff:

Candy Crowley

Senate Human Resources Department meets disaster when "Costume Day" fails to ease tensions inside the finance committee.

Viewer:

Shawn D Shaw, Los Angeles

Wolf Blitzer invites cnn co-workers over for games and sauerbraten

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge


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soundoff (440 Responses)
  1. Charlotte, California

    This anthropological experiment is further proof that men have unlimited ability to make anything into a competitive sport.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  2. Michael Kajdas Chicago, IL

    Last brat!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  3. Maggie McCarty

    At a recent Minnasota town-hall meeting a fight breaks out for control of the microphone.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  4. Susan, Novato CA

    Are you sure you aren't pulling my leg?

    August 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  5. Janine from PA.

    Rationed care, German style!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  6. Susan, Novato CA

    This event brings a whole new meaning to the expression, "Giving someone the finger."

    August 19, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  7. Manjunath

    Its Summer time...Circus time..!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  8. Richard Njetu, Anaheim, Ca 92801 USA

    just because it's a custom it doesn't mean it's not incredibly stupid

    August 19, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  9. missmissydean louisville, ky

    Republican Scare Tactics: This is your finger on universal coverage.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  10. Alexander, CT

    Sorry boys, no yodeling allowed at the dinner table.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  11. Isabel • Brazil

    Tip German for Democrats and Republicans resolve their differences.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  12. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    Wolf Blitzer invites cnn co-workers over for games and sauerbraten

    August 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  13. Chris W - Seattle

    Come on!! Daddy needs a new calf warmer!!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  14. Derek - Charleston, WV

    Training for dentistry and orthopaedics under the new health care plan.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  15. Alexander, CT

    Hans and Franz: The next generation.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  16. Nirmal

    If this next round b/w Busch and Goere results in a tie, the matter will be decided by the German supreme court.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  17. Dave - Paterson, NJ

    The German alternative to same sex marriages.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  18. Stefanie Sarason

    Is this a stretching exercise or can I join too?

    August 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  19. Diane TN

    What?!?? I thought this was supposed to be a weinerschnitzel eating contest! Okay, just don't forget to catch me!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  20. gayle mccauley malden,mass.

    May the best middle finger win!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  21. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    Congress agrees on fingerhakein to settle Health Care Reform

    August 19, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  22. diana berkeley california

    In Germany, the middle finger has a far more noble pursuit.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  23. Mark Toronto Canada

    The one, and only, situation left when wearing lederhosen is appropriate.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  24. Linda Greenville, SC

    Unable to reach a workable agreement on health care reform, Republican and Democrat representatives attempt an alternate solution.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  25. Nirmal

    Hey, watch it! That's not his finger you're pulling!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  26. Lori - PA

    How to resolve the healthcare reform bill:

    If the guy on the right wins, then the health care reform bill gets passed. If the guy on the left wins, then the bill gets scrapped.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  27. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    Now will you confirm me as your friend on facsbook!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  28. Howard Wall

    Anderson: The look on your face while interviewing Nancy Grace said it all; the insult was suggesting that you would be great to star in a movie developed from her new book. NOT. Dude, you are way too classy for that chick.

    Howard

    August 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  29. Jon - Melbourne, FL

    How these badasses lost the war I'll never understand.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  30. Linda Greenville, SC

    Republican and Democat efforts to work collaboratively on health care reform have apparently failed.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  31. Jon - Melbourne, FL

    Nothing says Manly like lederhosen and a ribbon!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  32. Dan - Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

    And also believed by many to be the inspiration for Joe Biden's most recent proposal for settling health care disputes.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  33. Anne from Toronto

    Bist ein "slow news day", so alles get to see occupied lederhosen, ya?

    August 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  34. Richard Fisher Tallahassee Florida

    I was on my way to "Fingerhut" and discovered this "Finghrtent."

    August 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  35. Lori - PA

    We should have signed up for the Indian Leg Wrestling instead.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  36. Lillie, Houston, TX

    Neither side wanting to give an inch on health care reform, the only solution was to make each side lock pinkies in chinese handcuffs and watch replays of The Sound of Music until one side gave in from nausea.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  37. Kathy

    "Fingerhakeln"...this is tougher than having your finger on the pulse of Health Care Reform.

    Kathy, Ottawa, Canada

    August 19, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  38. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    Fingerhakein with you is like fingerhakein with a dining room table!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  39. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    Man vs. Wild!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  40. Anthony - Apex, NC

    Further proof that some men will do anything for an excuse to wear lederhosen.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  41. Shawn D Shaw Los Angeles

    We're like the characters from the wizard of oz....guess which one of us needs a brain?

    August 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  42. Isabel • Brazil

    Two men during the German ‘Fingerhakeln’. Or would be a Democrat and a Republican?
    Are you sure you haven’t gotten your wires crossed?

    August 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  43. Asia - Cranford, NJ

    Oh, the things I do for a free beer!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  44. Isabel • Brazil

    Two men during the German ‘Fingerhakeln’.
    Are you sure you haven’t gotten your wires crossed?

    August 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  45. Dwight Huntsville,Al

    Lucrative pay in Germany to sat behind two men pulling each others finger...

    August 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  46. Anne from Toronto

    Introducing... the new US State Department demonstration sport.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  47. Barb Keokuk, Iowa

    Finger what??! ??

    August 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  48. Isabel • Brazil

    A Democrat. A Republican. And a health care reform in the middle!

    August 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  49. Barb Keokuk, Iowa

    Health care reform German style.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  50. Anne from Toronto

    How the Germans do Town Hall meetings.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
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