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Pull My Finger: Wrestlers Compete in Strange Spectacle

Image: Participants compete during the German "finger wrestling" championships
Participants compete during the German "finger wrestling" championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on Aug. 3, 2014. During the competition the participants try to drag the opponent over the table. Supposedly this sport was a way to settle a dispute in Alpine countries. ANGELIKA WARMUTH / AFP - Getty Images

Competitors faced-off in the 55th German finger wrestling championships Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a mountain resort town in Bavaria. The sport, known as Fingerhakeln in German, pits two competitors matched in age and weight against each other. The players sit at a specially-designed table and pull at a small leather band with one finger until one player has pulled the other across.

Image: A participant looks at his bleeding hand during the German Finger-Wrestle Championship
A participant looks at his bleeding hand during the German Finger-Wrestle Championship in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Aug. 3. ANGELIKA WARMUTH / EPA