Bavarian Finger Wrestling Is A Real Thing And It Is Awesome

Burly men in lederhosen pulling on one another’s fingers. It’s as incredible as it sounds.

1. Bavarian Finger Wrestling, aka Fingerhakeln, is a totally real, not made-up sport in Germany featuring this tiny strap of leather and a bunch of men in lederhosen.

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2. The game involves two competitors tugging the leather strap with one finger in an attempt to pull the challenger across a table.

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3. AND IT’S SO INTENSE.

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4. Basically it’s just a bunch of grown men dressed in traditional clothes trying to violently pull one another across a table while a bunch of people cheer them on.

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5. And they get SO into it.

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6. Like INTENSELY into it.

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7. HATS FALL OFF.

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8. FACES TURN PURPLE.

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9. MEN FIND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

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10. GROWN ADULTS SCREAM LIKE CHILDREN.

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11. There’s a lot of huffing and puffing.

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12. And gritty pulling.

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13. And friendly competition, of course.

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14. This year was the 60th annual competition, so stakes were especially high for the victor.

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15. To be named finger wrestling champ is a glorious honor.

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16. Victors get to ride around on other men like this.

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17. But, naturally, everybody is a winner in Bavarian Finger Wrestling.

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18. It’s all good fun and everybody looks awesome and happy.

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19. And, in the end, it’s all about getting drunk anyway.

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