WEEK IN PHOTOS: Galactic "Tentacles," Palace Fire, More

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Galactic ''Tentacles,'' Palace Fire, More
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Jakarta, Indonesia, August 17, 2008--A man checks his winnings after scaling a greased palm tree trunk during Indonesian Independence Day celebrations in Jakarta on August 17, 2008.

Though some attempt the climb alone, the competition generally features teams of competitors who form human ladders to reach the pole-top prizes. The first to the top hurls the goodies down, and the spoils--including bicycles and small appliances--are divided among the team.
—Photograph by Mast Irham/EPA
 
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