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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