Over the past few weeks I have been seeing examples of Planking all over the interwebs. Australian local news has a great Intro to Planking and if you want a good laugh of disbelief, watch this video:
To those who do not know, Planking is the act of lying face down with arms to the sides of the body, in unusual public spaces and photographing it.
Its Wikipedia entry says it’s a fad that began in Australia 2011.
People are getting their pets to plank..
Even Flava Flav has gotten into the act of planking, here on a flatbed truck.
At as you might have guessed, Planking has claimed its first victim, a 20 year old from Australia fell like seven floors to his death after a failed attempt on a ledge.
And check out this CBSNews article on how planking has taken over the Twittersphere. WTF? This is certainly a fad that spread like wildfire less than a month ago, maybe longer, thanks to the Internet; couldn’t have occured without the net.
There’s literally thousands of planking pictures that have been posted online all in the past three weeks all over the planet.
It’s really quite remarkable and I’m not even sure why. People who think the world is getting worse are boring. The environment is getting worse, but people are moving into interesting directions with this Internet beast. I love this shit. Just don’t die doing it.
UPDATE: Apparently Leisure Diving has taken over Planking. Who knew?