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ACt 05-16-2011 04:25 PM

Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
OK - I think I have established that I don't generally understand this twitter craze, even though it seems to be infecting everything. But I picked this little piece of news off the "trending" panel on Yahoo!

http://www.news.com.au/national/how-...-1226056501630

Quote:

THE planking craze is spreading like a virus around the world fuelled by news of a man's fatal seven story plunge from a Brisbane unit block.

In what is thought to be Australia's first planking fatality, Acton Beale, 20, of Kangaroo Point, slipped when he tried to plank on a 5cm wide balcony railing outside his front door.

By 8am this morning the Planking Australia Facebook page had more than 85,000 followers, up from 65,000 last night and growing by the hour. New planking pages were opened in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Norway, while the trend is also attracting a huge amount of interest in the United States.

"I didn't know about planking til I heard the news. This is not a dangerous sport promoting stupidity. It's just a random thing for fun as far as I'm concerned. That death is no different to teens drinking and driving or jumping from the balcony to a pool," Nick Möllers writes.
So my brain starts to think - 'planking'? what the hell is that?

I'm kinda thinking it is something extreme, maybe even fun because I believe the Australians also gave us the idea of Zorbing which is going downhill in a big plastic bubble that is partly full of water.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_tyTkKBwFho.../s400/zorb.jpg

Do a little research... and what do I find Planking is? Lying face down in unusual places in public. Seriously. Here are some examples:

http://resources2.news.com.au/images...4-planking.jpg
http://resources1.news.com.au/images...9-planking.jpg
http://assets0.ordienetworks.com/ima...e.jpg?52334423
http://www.calgaryherald.com/technol...?size=620x400s

Seriously. That's it. And a guy died doing it. Polish up the Darwin award because I don't think they'll get dumber than that. Holy crap. What is going on down there... what ever happened to normal fads like pogs, Rubik's cube revivals, pogo balls or just doing drugs like a normal youth?

Mal 05-16-2011 04:44 PM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
Fairly certain planking is us Westerners trying our own version of the Playing Dead/lying Down Game meme.

Nerox 05-16-2011 09:03 PM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
What a bunch of pillocks. Was in the german news as well that one person died lying face down. Fell from some high building or some shit. Must be some kind of natural selection to sort out those who are not suited to carry on the human gene. Therefore I like this darwin award ACt.

kluang 05-16-2011 09:59 PM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
Just let them get stab by a sting ray

EphemeralStar 05-16-2011 11:37 PM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
I was aware of this, but didn't know it was that popular. Jesus, and someone died ? Well, I suppose it serves them right for being an idiot.

Jaxon 05-17-2011 12:06 AM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
Planking is awesome, and you're all jealous you're living shit lives instead of dying face down like a motherfucking badass.

-SassyLady- 05-18-2011 12:25 PM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
I bet it does hurt for a long period of time but shit looks priceless and to funny not to be amused by.

Miburo 05-20-2011 07:24 PM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
Quote:

"...This is not a dangerous sport promoting stupidity. It's just a random thing for fun as far as I'm concerned. That death is no different to teens drinking and driving..."

Am I reading this wrong, or is this guy implying that drinking and driving isn't dangerously stupid, and is instead a random thing for fun?


Also, loling hard @ people dying doing that.

alengrew 06-30-2011 07:39 AM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
thanks for sharing with me...

Mal 06-30-2011 08:19 AM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
Fucking bot. At least it reminded me to post this: X-TREME Planking

kael03 06-30-2011 01:48 PM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
How has this guy not been banned yet?

Sonlox 07-06-2011 12:22 AM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
http://www.vladtv.com/images/g_full/51851.jpg

if you think the top cant be beat :(


http://www.vladtv.com/images/g_full/51778.jpg

ACt 07-06-2011 07:37 AM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
This isn't a thread to celebrate planking. Unless you mean this:

http://image.shutterstock.com/displa...d-45427699.jpg
Because everyone should appreciate even and solid laid wood.

Mal 07-06-2011 08:33 AM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
Planking has gained even more mainstream notoriety, courtesy of my own city's CFL team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

manta 07-06-2011 09:16 AM

Re: Seriously Australia... WTF?
 
I didn't think something as retarded as this took off, especially people I know.


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