planking

Planking

Planking , also known as the Lying Down Game,  is the seemingly harmless trend of lying face down, perfectly stiff, on various structures in public.   The trend has spawned how-to videos on YouTube and the term now has a Wikipedia entry. (Pics)

 

 

 The game originated in 1997, and it became known as “planking” in Australia. Although it seems like a  harmless activity, planking gained further attention recently after a Australian man was killed after trying to plank off his roof. He fell seven stories to his death. “There’s a difference between a harmless bit of fun done somewhere that’s really safe and taking a risk with your life,” Julia Gillard apparently told reporters according to The Australian.

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Photos via Malgusto

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