Planking is old: the fashion now is owling

Who, What, Why, What is planking in the first place?


Planking is a prank that involves lying face down in a public place, with photos posted on social networking sites:

It was invented by two friends in Somerset who called it the Lying Down Game. But it also emerged later in Australia and was nicknamed planking.

A man has died in Australia after taking part in the internet phenomenon of planking. But what is it and where did the craze come from?

The victim, a man in his 20s, fell from a balcony railing in Brisbane while a friend photographed him, according to police.

The phenomenon of planking involves lying face down in a public place – the stranger the better – and posting photos on social networking sites such as Facebook. Aficionados lie expressionless with a straight body, hands by their sides and toes pointing into the ground.

Two groups claim to have invented the prank – either in Somerset in 2000 as the “lying down game” or eight years later in South Australia as planking. Both groups have rival Facebook sites boasting more than 100,000 fans.

Planking has grown in popularity, particularly in Australia where there has been huge media coverage. An Australian rugby league player David “Wolfman” Williams celebrates scoring by planking, while one of the nation’s leading chatshow hosts Kerri-Anne Kennerley opened a show last week by planking on the TV sofa.

In the same week police served a trespass notice on a man caught planking on a squad car.

So, what’s next, you might ask? Well, the newest trend is “owling”. Have a look at the slideshow and you’ll get the picture, or maybe not… because I, myself, don’t get all the fuzz…

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