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Oktoberfest Drinkers Down Record-Breaking Amount of Beer


Revelers drank their way into the history books at this year's Oktoberfest event in Germany, knocking back an astonishing seven million liters (1.8 million gallons) of beer, Der Spiegel reported Tuesday.

Organizers of the Munich-based drinking extravaganza, celebrating its 200th anniversary, managed to out-swill the previous record of 6.94 million liters, set in 2007.

"I've no idea why people drank that much," Gabriele Papke, a spokeswoman for the festival, told the magazine's website. "They were simply thirsty."

Unsurprisingly, the record levels of boozing sparked a surge in lost property, with revelers misplacing everything from a set of dentures, to a tuba and a live rabbit.

Organizers proclaimed that fewer beer steins had been stolen than in previous years. But cops in the southern German city noted that the number of drunken attacks in which revelers had clobbered one another with the distinctive, heavy drinking mugs had risen.

A total of 6.4 million visitors attended this year's Oktoberfest. The 16-to-18-day event, which typically runs from late September to the first weekend in October, was launched in 1810 to celebrate a royal Bavarian wedding.

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