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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. Suzanne Thomas, Boston, MA

    In an effort to distract his opponent , Hans yelled "Michael Vic was released from prison and signed to play with the Philadelphia Eagles". His opponent Franz passes out in disbelief making Hans the winner of the ‘Fingerhakeln’ tournament.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  2. James Hanna

    The winner gets to have a beer with Obama.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  3. Keith S. of AZ

    klaus stein, former Fingerhakeln champ, is forced to retire after stretching his middle finger to twice it's normal length. He did however go on to a great career driving in New York City traffic.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  4. Monica Quebec

    You can pull opponents towards reform ... but you can`t make them think ...

    August 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  5. Vernard Mercader - WA

    "Uugh, did you smell that? I think I might have pulled your finger too hard!"

    August 19, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  6. Justin Beck

    Let's show the G20 how we solve our problems!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  7. Ryan Steen - Lancaster, Ohio

    Next week come see an ultimate battle of Rock, Paper, Sissors.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  8. Christine

    When the baby comes out I'll catch it. You're almost there.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  9. Tom Bainter, Fort Worth, TX

    Pulling fingers at Germany's annual fart lighting contest.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  10. Nicole from Fairfield, CT

    I told you...the Gloria Vanderbilt lederhosen with the anti-skid proof bottoms would give me the advantage! Loser!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  11. Jeff in Cincinnati, OH

    Giving someone the finger never made me break out into a sweat before!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  12. deedra everett, alexandria VA

    Like birthing twin health care plans: left and right

    August 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  13. Pamela Aljoe, Northern Ontario Canada

    Come on "COOP" you said I could have this 360 t-shirt ! How many do you need?

    August 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  14. Paul - Castro Valley, CA

    Looks like Stacy and Clinton from TLC's What Not To Wear show need to pay a visit to these German men !!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  15. Jeff in Cincinnati, OH

    Dude, that was some RANCID sauerkraut you ate! Breathe in the other direction! I'm passing out over here!!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  16. Jeff in Cincinnati, OH

    They aren't straining ONLY from pulling on the leather strip.....

    August 19, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  17. Paul - Castro Valley, CA

    One wonders what do Germans wear for Halloween that could be more frightening than this !!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  18. Kimberly G

    If you like our German ‘Fingerhakeln,’ you ought to get a gander at our 'SchnitzelshakIn!'

    August 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  19. Tim

    Bros with hose? You better be ready for a finger-lickin'.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  20. Mirav - Denver, CO

    The Grand Prize?: Free medical coverage for one year - AND the "loser's" finger surgically reattached for FREE!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  21. Nicole

    "Oh, come on now Mr. Republican... It'll only hurt a little..."

    August 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  22. Jeff in Cincinnati, OH

    Just as the Germans take their beer very seriously, they also take 'pull my finger' very seriously!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  23. Deanna Lynn, Antioch TN

    We are manly men, and proud of it.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  24. Dan in Kansas City

    I guess that's one way to resolve a debate.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm |
  25. Pamela Aljoe, Northern Ontario Canada

    Fingerhakein just would not the same without real leather

    August 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  26. Mike - Olney, MD

    This is how you settle a bill.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  27. Robert

    Post 911 German finger torture techniques the Bush administration considered but failed to implement. They were unable to get members of the CIA to dress up ion the funny outfits.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  28. Jesse Oshanek

    And I promise you this... even the smallest of injuries will be covered in our new health care plan!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  29. Robert

    If only Congress could resolve its problems by pulling someone's finger.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  30. Robert

    Das winner getz a date witz Sarah Palin.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  31. Greg, Austin Tx

    Ok gentlemen, the first one to un-glue his hand from the table gets to change out of this ridiculous outfit.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  32. Pamela Aljoe, Northern Ontario Canada

    That gives a whole new meaning to giving someone the finger.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  33. Gina from Fontana, CA

    When paper, rock, scissors fail...there's always finger pulling.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  34. Suzy Staffer

    The winner gets to ask Hillary a question.

    Suzy Staffer
    Springfield, Missouri

    August 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  35. Andy - San Ramon, CA

    China outsources its Finger Cuffs Quality Control to the Germans.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  36. Prema

    Germany takes after US to do a "break or make month"

    August 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  37. Kirsten Marion Iowa

    "Ach! Enough bickering guys! Shake hands and be friends, we don't have to act like those dumbkopf Americans at their town hall meetings!"

    August 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  38. Andy - San Ramon, CA

    German ingenuity leads to a new method for natural gas production.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:33 pm |
  39. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Remember… the German that loses is a Sour Kraut!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  40. Andy

    socialized medicines new death panel in action

    August 19, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  41. Rita CA

    At the Summer Congressional Kindergarten Camp, Republicans and Democrats are fingering one another for this Health care reform mess.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  42. Matt

    Lederhosen, the official uniform of bratwurst tug-of-wars.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  43. Kim (Syracuse, NY)

    I think we better call Bill Clinton in to solve this problem.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  44. Ian, Montreal, Canada

    The latest sport to be tainted by Steriods as Hans is found to have a massively over developed middle finger.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  45. Christine

    Owwww, I think I just pulled my weinerschnitzel.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  46. Justin from Arlington VA

    Twitter fights are so last week, fingerhakeln is the new way for congressmen to settle healthcare arguments.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  47. Jim from Alden

    Germany-–where it's perfectly acceptable to give give each other the finger

    August 19, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  48. Barb E

    The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat!! ??

    Fingerhakeln–just wondering....How you do you train for this event? finger push ups? one finger pull ups? one finger barbell training? .....

    August 19, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  49. jess bermea

    LOL...meant say- " Leggo my Eggo! "

    August 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  50. Diane TN

    Cover it up! You have a hole in your designer lederhosen! Are those knock-offs, or what?

    August 19, 2009 at 8:09 pm |
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