Tuesday, May 17, 2011
After hearing about the death of a man in Australia, while apparently 'planking,' on a seventh storey balcony, I was intrigued to find out more. I have broadened my knowledge of this craze, and will provide a description of it for you, my dear reader.
On May 15th 2011 a 20 year old Brisbane man fell to his death from an apartment building balcony. He was planking on a 5cm wide balcony rail. Many people have started copying his actions by planking on many different surfaces, such as railway boom gates, shop rooves and even a parked police car.
Planking is the act of lying face down, arms by your side, in unusual public spaces. Planking reportedly began in 2003, called playing dead, à plat ventre (on one's belly) and the lying down game.
Many Facebook groups have been made commemorating, celebrating and also mocking the actions of Acton Beale, the 22 year old man who fell to his death in Brisbane, Australia.
What are your thoughts on this new fad?