Planking? (New York)

(Newser) – The odd Facebook trend of “planking” has been blamed for the death of an Aussie who slipped off a seven-story balcony. The accident occurred as the 20-year-old man was apparently on the ledge trying to balance for photo of himself lying “like a plank.” It’s part of a trend of people taking pictures of themselves lying stiffly with arms pressed to their sides in funny or precarious locations. Tens of thousands of Facebook users have “liked” pages like Planking Australia, Planking Ireland, and Planking Norway, notes CNN. The posers are trying to “outdo” each other by taking bigger risks when they “plank.” The “potential disaster increases as more and more risks are taken to get the ultimate photo,” said a statement by Queensland police. “If you want to take a photo of yourself planking on a park bench two foot off the ground, there are no risks with that. But when you start doing it seven stories up or lying across a railway line, that’s what we have a concern about. Is it worth life in a wheelchair to take a funny photo to impress somebody you don’t know on the Internet?” Queensland cops last week busted a man photographing himself lying face down on a police car. The trend apparently started in 2009 on Facebook as the “Lying Down Game.”

The “lying down game?” “Laying with your arms pressed to the sides in precarious locations?”

What in the fuck am I reading right now? I say this a lot but this has got to be the stupidest fucking thing I have ever seen in my entire life. And apparently its like an internet phenomenon? Facebook groups and goddam websites dedicated to assholes laying down like dickheads. I honestly would love to talk to someone who “planks.” Just to actually hear them describe how they think its cool to lay with your face on the ground and take pictures and as soon as they finish I can punch them square in their stupid planking face. Hey look at me look at me take a picture! I’m laying funny on a balcony ahhhhhh I’m dead. Hope it was worth it, bro. Stupidest thing I have ever fucking heard.


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