Planking is now a global phenomenon….

20 06 2011

The
Planking Phenomenon

 

Planking – the act of
lying face down on the ground while someone snaps a photo of you.

It’s the activity that has taken the world by storm. People are now lying down in the most ridiculous of places: train lines, 3rd story balconies. You name it, someone had planked on it. The truth is that planking is debatably one of the most useless and ridiculous things since the invention of the electric cheese grater. But you have to take your hat off to the guy who started it. Less than two weeks after the absurd action started, it is now all over Google images, the news and Facebook. Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon are now world famous.

Most people think that is a stupid thing to do. Imagine the repercussions if you fell off a balcony and onto a small child below. Or if you were planking on a train line and you derailed the train. Many people could be injured and even killed, not to mention the damage to infrastructure.

After the tragic death of Acton Beale in Queensland a few days ago, Barry O’Farrell believes that planking is a dangerous exercise. “It is clear from episodes in recent days that planking can be dangerous,” Captain Obvious told reporters.

But some would argue that the death was not because the person was a daft being, but because he was drunk. So therefore, the death of Acton Beale could be blamed on the
over-consumption of alcohol, much like drink driving.

Sue Wood from PlankSafe Australia said, ‘When planking, it is important to consider the safety of yourself and the other surrounding you. We encourage planking in exotic and
unusual places, but please, plank safe!”

Whichever way you think of it, planking is a pointless and foolish pastime. Hopefully people will come to their senses and stop the nonsense before someone else loses a life planking on a lit gas barbeque.

Joshua

Planking is now a global phenomenon….

The
Planking Phenomenon

 

Planking – the act of
lying face down on the ground while someone snaps a photo of you.

It’s the activity that has taken the world by storm. People
are now lying down in the most ridiculous of places: train lines, 3rd story
balconies. You name it, someone had planked on it.

The truth is that planking is debatably one of the most
useless and ridiculous things since the invention of the electric cheese
grater. But you have to take your hat off to the guy who started it. Less than
two weeks after the absurd action started, it is now all over Google images,
the news and Facebook. Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon are now world
famous.

Most people think that is a stupid thing to do. Imagine the
repercussions if you fell off a balcony and onto a small child below. Or if you
were planking on a train line and you derailed the train. Many people could be
injured and even killed, not to mention the damage to infrastructure.

After the tragic death of Acton Beale in Queensland a few
days ago, Barry O’Farrell believes that planking is a dangerous exercise. “It is clear from episodes in recent days that
planking can be dangerous,” Captain Obvious told reporters.

But some would argue that
the death was not because the person was a daft being, but because he was
drunk. So therefore, the death of Acton Beale could be blamed on the
over-consumption of alcohol, much like drink driving.

Sue Wood from PlankSafe
Australia said, ‘When planking, it is important to consider the safety of
yourself and the other surrounding you. We encourage planking in exotic and
unusual places, but please, plank safe!”

Whichever way you think of
it, planking is a pointless and foolish pastime. Hopefully people will come to
their senses and stop the nonsense before someone else loses a life planking on
a lit gas barbeque.

Joshua

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