PLANKING, the latest downunder insanity

Written By Lingkar Dunia on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | 3:13 PM

Conjured up in Australia, planking has become an Australasian craze

A New Zealand brewery, Tui (named after an iconic native bird), is famous for posting tongue-in-cheek orange billboards alongside our highways.  A coy statement on the lefthand side (eg. "Australians and New Zealanders are just the same, really") is countered by a bold YEAH, RIGHT, on the righthand side. 

Well, last night we passed a new one.  On the LH side it read, "Planking will never become a craze."

Yeah, right.

The USA has the Rapture, and in Australia and New Zealand we have planking.

What is planking, you ask? It's a competitive fad where people lie down in odd places and pretend to be a plank of wood, and people photograph them with their cellphones and then post the pix on social networking sites.

It became notorious when Acton Beale, 20, plunged to his death while planking on the rail of a seventh floor balcony in Brisbane.

Now pupils are suspended from school, and supermarket workers are fired because they are indulging in the fad.

People, truly, are bizarre.  But at least it adds new words (or new meanings for old words) to the English language.


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