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German Snuff Championships: Where Shoving Tobacco Up Your Nose Is a Sport

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The German Snuff Championships, held in Freihung on Saturday, was by far the best place in the world to be if you’re a connoisseur of Germans sticking pulverized tobacco up their noses. And, really, who isn’t?

The competition’s aim is to snuff as much as possible from a five grams snuff package. But there’s an art to it. As you’ll see.

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

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This contestant is everything:

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

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AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

This video from the 2012 World Snuff Championships should shed some light on the competition:

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The Germans love their snuff. Here’s a similar competition in 1997:

AP Photo/Heribert Proepper

AP Photo/Heribert Proepper

AP Photo/Heribert Proepper

AP Photo/Heribert Proepper

And here’s West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt indulging “in what appears to be a pinch of snuff” during a session of the U.N. General Assembly special session on disarmament on Monday, June 14, 1982. No biggie, just throwing in a pinch while literally acknowledging his country ís guilt for World War II and urging world leaders “to break out of the vicious circle of armament and still more armament.”

AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis

AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis

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