Day 230/365: Planking Phenomenon

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August 19, 2011

Planking is a prank that involves lying face down in a public place, with photos posted on social networking sites. It was invented by two friends in Somerset who called it the Lying Down Game but it also emerged later in Australia and was nicknamed planking. The phenomenon of planking involves lying face down in a public place – the stranger the better – and posting photos on social networking sites such as Facebook. Aficionados lie expressionless with a straight body, hands by their sides and toes pointing into the ground.

Two groups claim to have invented the prank – either in Somerset in 2000 as the “lying down game” or eight years later in South Australia as planking. Both groups have rival Facebook sites boasting more than 100,000 fans.

Planking has grown in popularity, particularly in Australia where there has been huge media coverage. An Australian rugby league player David “Wolfman” Williams celebrates scoring by planking, while one of the nation’s leading chatshow hosts Kerri-Anne Kennerley opened a show last week by planking on the TV sofa.

In the same week police served a trespass notice on a man caught planking on a squad car.

Now, following the first planking death, Queensland police have warned pranksters that they may be charged with “unauthorised high-risk activity” and Prime Minister Julia Gillard has advised people to be careful.

How to Plank?

– You must lay face down
– Your legs must remain straight and together with your toes pointed.
– Your arms must be placed by your side, held straight with your fingers pointed.

As fun and humorous planking can be it is important to remember to Plank SAFE!

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