Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Planking




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?

27 comments:

  1. People should learn to play proper games and avoid similar dangerous acts.

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  2. Haha, that picture is hilarious. Screw dangerous, I'm gonna try it sometime. We only live once!

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  3. Planking is so stupid. And besides, didn't Japan do something like this years and years ago? I think there they just pretended to be dead in odd locations though.

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  4. Planking is stupid, people don't realise what they have done until they slip.

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  5. Some of these are funny, but usually it's not my thing

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  6. Mocking was the right thing to do.

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  7. Sometimes at the end of the day stupid people are just stupid, they have a revelation and find a new way to kill themselves.

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  8. Planking is the extreme sport of the 21st century. You can get such incredible kicks off of DANGER.

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  9. What an odd thing to do. Still, there's a weird sort of appeal to it...

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  10. Hmm, I'm Australian, and really, I don't care either way.
    I do laugh at the planking pictures done in public in weird spots, like on top of fountains and stuff like that, and it's only the really drunk or really stupid that do it dangerously.
    Honestly, if they weren't planking, they'd probably be doing something else dangerous anyway.
    The guy who died from it was notorious for doing dangerous things, it wasn't planking's fault, it was his stupidity.

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  11. It sounds to me very lame, to be honest.

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  12. To be honest I lold when I read newspaper today where it's said that the guy died. Srsly this man was dumb. No pity from me.

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  13. I do planking everynight,,,,infact i do it in my bed for around 8 hours

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  14. Saw that on the internets today. Kinda hipster but really awesome hahaa

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  15. I never really understood it. It seems like kind of a dumb thing to do, but hey, everyone's sense of humor is different.

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  16. i don't get it either. then again, some people get off the weirdest things.

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  17. Way back around the 1920's sitting on top of poles got popular, pole sitting they'd call it.

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  18. I have seen it around but never knew why they were doing it or what it was called.
    And know I know. :)

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  19. when i first saw "planking" i figured it was some weird sex act... guess i was wrong... or maybe it COULD be... plank on my gf in the parking lot at work? yes!

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  20. Hahaha nohone! Your comment was funny man. Anyway, this new 'Fad' or whatever seems quite odd...

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  21. Is there really nothing better to do? I guess not...

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  22. lol irony... :P
    Great post, followed!

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  23. Planking, I will never understand. Good read.

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  24. some people are nuts in this world xD

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