“Be creative. Plank in ways that have not been done before.” (source)
I have come across the term planking a few times during the last days, even in the news they mentioned it. So I am wondering wha
t exactly planking is and how come there is such hype about it.
In the internet you can find lots of blogs where people show their newest planking photos, and if you only look for photos, you’ll find thousands of them. Planking really has become an internet meme.
On the blog Plankinglol.com I found a definition of planking:
“Planking is the intricate art of lying face-down in a plank position […] in unusual public spaces, judged by the level of difficulty, creativity, location and technique involved in the plank.”
That does not seem to be so difficult; however, on the official Facebook page there are some rules that have to be fulfilled to officially call it a planking photo. First, you have to lie face down and remain expressionless during the plank. Your arms need to be at your side and arms and feet straight, fingers and toes pointed. Furthermore, you must make it known that it is a plank, and you always should consider your safety as first priority. Finally, every plank needs to be named. On Dangerous trend: Plank crazy I also found that the whole objects that is being planked has to be in the photo and of course, Photoshop is not allowed.
All that does not sound so spectacular yet planking arouses such high awareness.
To get a full picture of the new “extreme sport”, check out this video I found on http://www.plankingfun.com/.
According to a post on Viralswagger, this gaze began several years ago as the Lying Down game, invented by Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon from England.
However, it did take some time till it caused a stir. In March 2011, the professional rugby player David Williams planked during a game held in Australia on March, 27th. Now it is considered to be the new internet meme, especially in Australia where it quickly found many fans, but also in Germany there are more and more supporters.
Very famous among the plankers are the Pujie Girls, see here, two girls from Taiwan that have almost 100 000 followers on Facebook.
In England, some doctors and nurse have been suspended after publishing photos that showed them planking in a hospital in Swindon during a night shift.
A very tragic incident happened in Brisbane, Australia. Acton Bale, 20, died while trying to plank on a balcony on the seventh floor.
The news of the death however did not discourage people to continue with planking, on the contrary, there are always more young people putting their latest plank photo online.
So, as they say on Facebook: “You got a body, you got a Plank.” (source). But is it worth for just a good photo on Facebook?
Other references: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/planking