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“Planking” Photos Becoming a Major Fad

Planking (AKA the “lying down game“) is a growing fad that involves lying face down in strange places with your arms to the side and snapping a photograph of it.

Here’s a short news segment that introduces the “game”:

The activity doesn’t come without risks — as everyone competes for unique planking photographs, people are attempting more and more dangerous locations to do it, sometimes at a great price:

Here are a couple example photographs:

Apparently the practice is currently sweeping across Australia. Have you ever shot a planking photograph? If so, link us to it in the comments!

Planking (via Laughing Squid)


Image credits: Lying Down Game at Ötztal Bahnhof by lukipuki83, Holmes Chapel Lying Down Game by Rob Steer, DSC_5800 by srslyguys


 
  • http://twitter.com/Crestopher Brett

    I know I sound very hipster or perhaps selfish but ‘memes’ and ‘fads’ within internet culture instantly lose flavour when exposed to the general public with traditional media like television and even movies.

    I feel that those studios know it and simply are cashing in. But anytime a fad or meme comes on television news or something similar I just sigh and realize a very fun inside joke is now dead and will appear to be not as funny. It’s the sad truth of my thoughts on this. Part of the fun of online communities and societies are these inside jokes and odd jokes. Yo lose it when it’s played on the same stream that my grandparents might view.

  • http://twitter.com/punyweakling Lemon

     Australia had it’s first death due to planking a few days ago…

  • Jyve

    Yep, planking is going off in Australia. Everyone’s newsfeed is planks, planks and more planks!

  • http://twitter.com/HappyTinfoilCat Happy Tinfoil Cat

    Plank’s constant

  • Mariana

    Once it becomes a ¨fad¨ it gets less interesting… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

     LOOOOL, one of my favorite Flickr photographers does this all the time and I never realized it was such a huge thing.  He’s *not* from Australia though.  Unfortunately he hasn’t tagged all of his photos like this, but here’s one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/makhmutov/5708171183/

    Definitely check out his other stuff, he’s incredible

  • http://twitter.com/emilyj0y emilyj0y

     I thought this was just called Face-Down Friday?

  • Mikeprice4269

     I think it has just gone through a variety of name swaps depending on where it is springing up… or laying its home, I think that would be the better phrase!

    My friends and I last July did some ‘planking’ but we just called it the lying down game. It is quite fun oddly XD Especially when we did on the bridge in one of the country parks and kept people up, 1 that was terrified of the bridge as well :P 

  • Ndt

     Just Bogans practicing their Saturday nights out.

  • Anonymous

    I never heard of this but the baby, newscaster and the dog did give me a good laugh! 

    But now that the cat’s out of the bag, the trendsetters will have to come up with something else.

     

  • Aus_Guy

    It’s calmed down a little here in Aus after a guy fell 7 stories to his death while Planking on a balcony. It’s pretty stupid really. And not overly photographic related. Just sayin’.

  • Anonymous

    Please tell me they got a picture before he fell!! 

  • German Boglio

     I totally agree with you. It´s like telling the joke to someone that won`t understand it. Anyway, this one seems a pretty stupid one, but it made me laugh out loud…

  • Anonymous

     Some memes are funny or interesting.  This one seems pretty dumb, at least with the examples and descriptions I’ve seen so far.  On the other hand, it does get people out and doing things rather than photoshopping pictures together, just some of the plank positions are pretty stupid to do.

  • Anonymous

     Some memes are funny or interesting.  This one seems pretty dumb, at least with the examples and descriptions I’ve seen so far.  On the other hand, it does get people out and doing things rather than photoshopping pictures together, just some of the plank positions are pretty stupid to do.

  • Aus_Guy

    That’s pretty horrible. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1558568034 Lukas von Niederhäusern

     we do the same, but more cool:http://www.freaz.ch/

  • Canadia Mate

    It all started in Canada a few years back by a legend named Graham.  He also travelled to Australia and did a few there a while back, maybe he started the craze. Just check these ones from 2007. 

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  • Acrophil

     everyone knows planking dead, its all about rooftopping now

  • Kwood1125

    …or having to explain a joke to someone, all the humor of the joke is lost. 

  • Fluffyp1ll0w

     Come on guys, it’s just a bit of fun. Heaps of the planking photos crack me up. Just look at this one and tell me you didn’t chuckle http://funnyplankingphotos.com/planking-at-35000-feet/

  • Terry Moran

    you sick sick thing. Dont even deserve to be called a person. Shit head.

  • JeanDeaux

    i thought this is what EVERYONE looked like after Happy Hour. 

  • JeanDeaux

    I don’t believe they did. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bouncerman Thomas Nelson

    He died doing something he liked to do. Good on him!

  • leighpackard

    because it’s getting very popular.. my friends are into it.. http://on.fb.me/mRd6Oe

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