Woman hurls a Christmas tree

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A woman launches a Christmas tree on Jan. 5 while participating in the distance discipline of the Christmas Tree Throwing World Championships in Weidenthal, Germany.

Now in its eighth year, the less-than-serious event features competitions in distance throwing, height throwing and flinging of Christmas trees.

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Man hurls Christmas tree over pole

Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

A contestant vertically launches a tree in the competition's height throwing discipline.

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Man throws Christmas tree

Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

A contestant throws a tree in the competition's flinging discipline, which involves hurling the tree with extra leverage provided by a loop of rope.

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