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Old eastern Kentucky farmers protecting their tobacco field (and probably moonshine stills)

Old eastern Kentucky farmers protecting their tobacco field (and probably moonshine stills)

Black Patch Tobacco Wars

 In the evening chill, more than 200 masked and hooded men rode silently, in a column of twos, down the main street of Princeton, Kentucky. Minutes before, several six-man squads had occupied the police station and disarmed the officers, seized the telegraph and telephone offices, and captured the fire station, shutting off the city water supply. It was all done with admirable precision. With shouts of “Stay inside!” and bursts of gunfire that shattered windows and splintered sashes and door frames, the raiders encouraged curious citizens to remain indoors and turn off their lights. The mounted men rode directly to the American Tobacco Company’s two large warehouses, where they placed sticks of dynamite under the stored tobacco within and doused the buildings with kerosene. They then threw torches into the structures and watched as 400,000 pounds of tobacco, worth upwards of $100,000, smoldered and burned. Then, three long whistle blasts drew the men together, and—singing “The fires shine bright on my old Kentucky home”—they slowly rode out of town.

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Things people do

Huffington Post

Some things that people do are truly bizarre, especially when it comes to competitions…like the 18th Snuff World Championship:

People who aggressively stuff powder up their noses are called a lot of things, but rarely “world champions,” unless of course you’re talking about competitors at the World Snuff Championships.

For 18 years, the most athletic nostrils on the planet have competed in the art of packing pulverized tobacco up their schnozzolas.

The goal of the snooty contest is to see which contestant can stuff up to 5 grams of snuff into his or her nostrils within a minute. The person who stuffs the most and has the cleanest work station wins the competition, according to Hungeree.com.

Christian Knauer, Jr., who won the 2011 crown, told Reuters the Snuff-Off is like any other athletic event.

“It’s like being a football player,” Knauer said. “You have to get into it. The nasal mucosa suffers a bit, but that goes away after a few minutes, then it’s okay again.”

It doesn’t look particularly edifying either:

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