Planking it is…
A guest post by Denis Roberts
I bet you have already heard of planking. No?! Here’s the story behind this fun activity…
Planking is known as “playing dead” in South Korea, “on one’s belly” in France, “Extreme lying down” in Australasia, “facedowns” in USA and Ireland, and “planking” in Australia and New Zealand.
Planking was first introduced by the comedian Tom Green in 1994, or at least that’s what he claims. He was caught by cameras lying face down in incongruous locations in different states in the U.S. Planking quickly turned into a trend gaining popularity first in North East England and then spreading out to the rest of the world.
The game is especially popular in Australia mainly because it received huge media coverage. People pose lying face down in the weirdest places and then post them on social networks such as Facebook. Planking, however, is considered dangerous at times as some people are way too careless and strive to get that one shot of unique planking regardless of how dangerous it is. Death cases have been reported already, and even the Australian prime-minister, Julia Gillard, has agitated for an end to this activity after a man died in an attempt to plank on his balcony on the seventh floor after which he fell.
“There’s a difference between a harmless bit of fun done somewhere that’s really safe and taking a risk with your life,” Gillard said.”Everybody likes a bit of fun, but focus has to be on keeping yourself safe first.”
Regardless of its dangerous side, however, planking is gaining even more popularity nowadays as people massively seem to love it.