Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Culture Lesson: Planking

Planking, a "game" or "sport" performed by young, hip people ("smart asses") is when a person lays prostrate, face down, like a dead body (or a plank!) in an unexpected or awkward place.

The idea is to disturb people out and/or have a photo taken and posted on the Internet for posterity. (Young People! What will they think of next?!)

Planking has some controversy, as a 20-year-old Australian planked himself off a balcony and died after falling seven stories.

Need proof I'm not pulling your leg? Let's have CBS News explain:

I needed some clarification on the fad--I admit I don't totally get it--and my esteem friend Erin said, "It's stupid." Thanks, Erin!

I suppose if you are an Old Person, and you wanted to surprise and/or embarrass the Young People close to you, I will have assisted you. (Just do this safely.)

Additional Resources:
iPlanking.com, iPlanking.com, official site
'Planking' death puts spotlight on bizarre Web craze, CNN
Planking George Takei/, Nerdist
Chris Harwick demostrates planking by performing the meme on George Takei on Like or Dislike, What's Trending, CBSNews.com


Gman said...

Apparently Planking is very passe, the new thing is...owling. look into it.

Katherine said...

It was relevant at the time!