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What Is Planking?

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According to Wikipedia, The lying down game (also known as planking, or face downs) is an activity, popular in various parts of the world, consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game.[2] Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The location should also be as public as possible, and as many people as possible should be involved.

The term “planking” was coined in Australia and the practice became a fad in 2011. Planking is described as the practice of lying down flat with arms to the side , to mimic a wooden plank. It has its origins in the “lying down game”.

The lying down game is claimed to have been invented by Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon in 1997. It first became popular in North East England, then all of Britain by the summer of 2009 reaching the point by late 2010 where it was described by Andrew Sullivan as “sweeping Britain”. The game made news in September 2009, when seven doctors and nurses working at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, England were suspended for playing the lying down game while on duty. The game has been described by some as “pointless”.

On 13 May 2011, a 20-year-old man from Gladstone in central Queensland was charged for allegedly planking on a police vehicle. Popular planking locations include park benches and other public places. On 15 May 2011, Acton Beale, a 20-year-old man, plunged to his death after reportedly “planking” on a seventh-floor balcony in Brisbane, Australia. Beale became the first known casualty of the planking fad.

So now that you know what planking is, I have one thing to say, it’s really stupid!!! That is all.

The above image is via actress Tia Mowry’s twitter page. She tweeted, @tameramowrytwo “Me planking…Ha!

Here are two more photos of Tamera’s younger brothers Tahj Mowry and Tavior Mowry.

Here’ Chris Brown’s plank.

And here’s Flava Flav.

The lying down game is claimed to have been invented by Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon in 1997[4] It first became popular in North East England,[5] then all of Britain by the summer of 2009 [6] reaching the point by late 2010 where it was described by Andrew Sullivan as “sweeping Britain”.[7] The game made news in September 2009, when seven doctors and nurses working at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, England were suspended for playing the lying down game while on duty.
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