Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Planking for Beginners

Sometimes I am so wrapped up in the little world of Cole that I can be a bit slow on the uptake with the latest fad. So much so that the fad needs to literally come up and slap me in the head before I take notice. And so it is with planking. I hadn't heard of this Facebook phenomenon until I heard about the first recorded death from planking whilst watching the ABC news over the weekend. For those of you who are even more behind the 8 ball with all things Facebook, let me explain first - planking is when you lie down with your arms by your side to form a straight line i.e. just like a plank of wood, before having a friend take a photo  of you and posting it online. It all sounds like harmless fun and even a tad on the boring side (I acknowledge that could be interpreted as a pot-calling-kettle-black type of scenario...) but the catch is that you have to lie in unusual spots that require a lot of balance. Like on top of a basketball hoop, a fence, a car. The kookier the better. The scarier the better. It is quite a funny idea and apparently started out as a silly game between mates - one guy took a photo of himself in a "plank" pose before texting it to another friend who then did his own plank pose and sent it back. The photos were posted on Facebook and  as they say, the rest is history. Eady and I are big fans of sending silly photos to each other and from the photos I have seen of professional plankers, there is lots of scope for a good laugh with this. I guess the sobering thought behind the laughs is that things can and do go wrong. So people, in the interests of public safety please remember the key planking motto "If you drink and plank, you're a bloody idiot".

1 comment:

  1. ok random,dangerous,and soo old but u can get a 8 out of 10 for the looks and the straight planking.:)