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What exactly is "planking?"

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

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(CBS/What's Trending) - We've seen all kinds of crazy games take over the interwebs from the numbers game to naming the color of your bra. And then, there's planking.

Planking -- also known as the Lying Down Game -- is the seemingly harmless trend of lying face down, perfectly stiff, on various structures in public. It seems the game originated in 1997, and it became known as "planking" in Australia. Although a seemingly harmless activity, planking gained further attention recently after a Australian man was killed after trying to plank off his roof. He fell seven stories to his death. "There's a difference between a harmless bit of fun done somewhere that's really safe and taking a risk with your life,'' Julia Gillard apparently told reporters according to The Australian.

Still many are participating in the craze, and the movement is only growing larger.

And get ready, the next big thing is "owl-ing." That's right, squatting down and perching on objects... like an owl.


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