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Planking, the "Lying Down Game" an Odd Web Craze Becoming Increasingly Popular

Updated June 29: Click link...  NBA's Dwight Howard in 'Planking War'

Original Post: So I just saw an email about Planking and I'm like what the hell is that? Well I Googled it, because Google has all the answers.

"The term "planking" was coined in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia and became a fad in 2011. An activity, popular in Asia and Australia, consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location."

The saying for this game is "the stranger, the better."

The Rules:

"The hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The location should also be as public as possible, and as many people as possible should be involved."

(See here who is credited for this odd game.)

There's even a Facebook Page for this called Planking Australia where people post their Planking pictures. Thousands have joined this page so far and some of these pictures look crazy like the one to the right.

Although planking is not illegal, it has been reported that police have warned planksters if they trespass somewhere just to play this game they can be charged with committing an unauthorized high-risk activity or with trespassing.

So is this a unique game or just plain stupid?

I'm going with stupid and it's pointless. Some say the game is cool when played safely. Oh ok, well what happens if this game is not played safely?

I believe planking can lead to more deaths because the people who are really into this will try to outdo themselves and others in finding the most unique spot to plank. Like a couple of the incidents below:

The Latest Crazy Planking Games That Happened Last Month:
  • Acton Beale, a 20-year-old man, plunged to his death after reportedly planking on a seventh-floor balcony in Australia.
  • plankingA 20-year-old man from Gladstone in central Queensland was charged for allegedly planking on a police vehicle
  • IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon planked on the tires of his race car, prompting fellow racer Tony Kanaan and his pit crew to compete with him
  • In New Zealand, a student was caught planking on a railway line, in front of an oncoming train. The student was reportedly not harmed.

Check this video out below from Actress Kim Cole calls it "plunking" as a lady tells her on the red carpet that planking makes you feel good.