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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. Tanner from Texas

    One Kilogram of Sauerkraut – 3 Euros
    Authentic Bavarian Legwarmers – 21 Euros
    Handmade Leather Clogs – 89 Euros
    Home-grown German Stubbornness… Priceless

    August 19, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  2. Mary Louise Helwig-Rodriguez

    Keep Obama away from this sport or we might see a "leader hosin'. "
    Mary Louise, Little Falls, NJ

    August 19, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  3. Seth

    I knew it...the Germans came up with "pull my finger"...no one ever wins!

    August 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  4. Emily Perry Hall, MD

    This is the way to decide Healthcare Reform!

    or

    Notice there are no women involved.....need I say more?

    or

    Men will make a contest out of anything....and this prooves it!

    August 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  5. Geinier Guzman

    Pull, come on... it worked before.... i need more boiled eggs with guacamole!

    August 19, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  6. Gregory Malkiewicz, Millville, NJ

    In carefree Germany where they have a national health care plan these men can afford to play idiotic games. We don't, so no 'Fingerhakeln’ for me. 🙁

    August 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm |
  7. chuck loesche

    You are cured!!! Walk.....Walk i say!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  8. Wendy, Lake City, FL

    Thumb Wars over Public Health Option. Best two out of three.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  9. Dave from Banner Elk

    Stop this! You have to hold hands when you wear these outfits. It's the law.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  10. Alonzo

    When he heard there was a competition involving using the middle finger, Rod Blagojevich went to Germany to participate.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  11. Carole, VA

    Ach! I've got a wedgie in my lederhosen!

    August 19, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  12. jackie

    training for octomom's next obgyn

    August 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  13. Mamode (Hartford CT)

    I have heard of signing pacts in blood, but this is just ridiculus.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  14. Darren from south san francisco

    Liberal and Blue Dog Democrats tries to hook each other in their perspective Healthcare Matrix.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  15. Tia perez Va

    I AM in favor of obama's healthcare plan!! Oh no you're not so just give up!!

    August 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  16. Mamode (Hartford CT)

    The German alternative to Mad Maxx Thunderdome- 2 men enter, 1 man leaves.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  17. Mitchell Janesville, WI

    "...and in this next segment, the twisted origins of 'pull my finger!'"

    August 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  18. Josie K.

    Dumb and Dumber: The German representation of politicians trying to make decisions

    Minneapolis, MN

    August 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  19. Sandy Pennsylvania

    Democrats practice their new strategy for passing the health care bill.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  20. Jimmy from Austin, Texas

    "Hillary, how would you feel about being Secretary of State?"
    "Pull my finger Barack!"

    August 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  21. Eva - California

    Sports like this will start popping up in the U.S. once national healthcare is approved

    August 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  22. Cindy in Seattle

    I'm pulling you across this table if I have to break my finger to do it. Schiesse! It's all good. Germans have universal health care.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  23. Chris V in NYC

    It all started when Hans arrested Frans for breaking into his own haus. Naturally, Otto invited them all to his tent to pull eachother's fingers with hopes of clearing the air. And their liederhosen.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  24. Josie K.

    Dumb and Dumber: The German representation of politicians trying to make decisions

    August 19, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  25. Jennifer Brown

    If I win, can someone ELSE sing, "I am 16 going on 17"?

    August 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  26. Jack in Bali, Indonesia

    What happens when a beer summit goes terribly wrong.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  27. Mitch Mung Lim

    The Germans qualifying for the World Thurmb Wrestling Championships!

    August 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  28. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Republicans and Democrats decide to settle the public option question by the time honored senate way.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  29. Rodney Hoffman

    The winner gets to change clothes and have a beer, and the loser has to dance with Tom DeLay.

    Rodney
    Los Angeles, CA

    August 19, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  30. Duke Dispo

    "Pull the ribbon! not my newly polished extension nails!!!"

    Duke D. Los Angeles

    August 19, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  31. Paul Lemons

    and the battle over healthcare has sifted down to octoberfest

    August 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  32. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    It was more fun when we could just invade Poland.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  33. Kayode Afolayan

    Is that Michael Vick? But those are not dogs!

    August 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  34. Zee Rios Spotsylvania Va

    "Ow, ow, ow....I said "Uncle" already....let go!!!"

    August 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  35. Taylor

    Germany, where finger cramps result in head injuries. Where's OSHA when you need them?

    August 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  36. Paul - Bronx, NY

    After giving up on public option, Obama assigned congress to find an alternative.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  37. Elizabeth Lemons

    This is what happens if you dont pay for your beer at Octoberfest.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  38. Darrell - Broadview Heights, OH

    Let's check with the officials, does rock beat paper or the other way around?

    August 19, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  39. Susan, London UK

    Boy these lederhosen are uncomfortable!

    August 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  40. Erin from UT

    Franz began to sense that his partner in the German Trust Fall event had other things on his mind...

    August 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  41. Kristy

    We are willing to give up the public option to get out of these outfits.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  42. Rebecca

    "I told you that Chinese finger-trap was a bad idea!"

    August 19, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  43. Luis Ramos

    This must be what its like when President Obama tries getting more Republican support!

    Bronx, NY

    August 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  44. Skip Howard, Portland, Oregon

    Let go of my iphone

    August 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  45. FRANK FROM ALABAMA

    What's up, herr homeboy? You know dog!

    August 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  46. David - Plano, Texas

    Couldn't we find a better way to decide who makes the beer run!

    August 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  47. Acacia R.

    "Last one to break their finger must bathe in rotten eggs... after which you will also officially 'STINK!!!'... The challenge is on"

    August 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  48. Rabakah

    Ok guys, remember, loser has to ask Hillary what Bill thinks of Healthcare reform.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  49. Cindy Panackia

    This is tougher than it looks . I can think of a better thing to do with our middle fingers. Do you want to see what the ugly Americans do?

    Cindy
    Riverview, Mi

    August 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  50. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    Since the traditional way of discussing health care reform is not working, let's try this method.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
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