A friend of mine (@AgentOrange354) tweeted Wednesday morning, ”I don’t get #planking either I’m not very cool or it’s stupid…I’m thinking a bit of both?”. At first I shared his sentiments. Why are the Pounceys, Leon Orr, Lynden Trail, Tyler Murphy, Marcus Gilbert, Cheyenne Coyle (and many others) all planking their lives away? ”I don’t get it. It’s people laying on top of objects or lying on the floor” I said.
I decided to do some research. I typed ”Planking” into Google, and there was the Wikipedia explanation. According to Wikipedia: ”The lying down game (also known as planking,or face downs) is an activity, popular in various parts of the world, consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet as an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in
which to play. The location should also be as public as possible, and as many
people as possible should be involved.”
Planking began in England over a decade ago as the ”Lying Down Game”. Over time it has spread globally, and has been referred to as ”face downs” in the US and the term ”planking” became popular in Australia and New Zealand a few years back. It has also been referred to as ”Parkour for those who can’t be arsed.” Parkour, there’s another one. Why are people jumping on top of a dumpster instead of just walking around it? I for one, definitely can’t be arsed. So, I kept researching.
On Facebook, I found a whole community of Plankers on a page called ”Planking” – they’re community organizers! There were pictures people posted from all over showing their planks. Some are down stairs, on benches, on the floor (which as we all know is old school “lying down game” or as I like to call it “RetroPlank” ) and one person was even in a tree! Now, unfortunately for Swiss Family Robinson, their arms are definitely NOT at their sides, so they really should be disqualified and the picture removed. Completely giving
planking a bad reputation. Now just anybody will think they can do it, and obviously as my dear friend pointed out, you have to be a very cool person to do this. I’m kind of wishing I didn’t ”like” their page now that I know what kind of irresponsible community organizers they are. Lucky for all of us, the Planking Association of America exists. They completely caught the sneaky weasel and pointed out the misunderstanding of what planking is. The person replied that It was a ”Chachi plank” but until PlankAA acknowledges this manuever, I do not think it should count. These guys really seem to respect the rules and regulations, so I am definitely glad I “liked” them. Somebody really needs to be policing the FauxPlankers out there.
Also on Facebook, I found a professional sports team called ”Extreme Planking”. Extreme planking is very similar to planking, but much more extreme. In fact, the pictures the current and former Gator football players and athletes were tweeting would definitely fall into this category. Exciting, isn’t it?!
I decided that I would attempt planking to really gauge the difficulty of the activity. I will warn you, if you attempt planking please start out with a RetroPlank. I started right out of the gate attempting to plank on my couch and it didn’t end well. To my dismay, I am most certainly not talented, well-balanced, or cool enough for planking. Some more free advice: if you do “like” any of the afformentioned pages on Facebook, please only post if you are committed to the revolution. Some people chose to post negativity, and let’s just say Plankers are hard core. If you have a Tumblr, there are sites dedicated to it, but I don’t have a Tumblr, so I didn’t bother really looking. I couldn’t be arsed into signing up for it either. You’re on your own, Tumblr-ers.
I did, however, try a different approach after my
fall failed attempt. I took my son’s Mickey Mouse stuffed animal and calmly and carefully placed him into a RetroPlank. It was a
success! Since I can’t plank , I will plank vicariously through the Mickey Mouse. I have even given this style of planking a new term, ”Stuffing”.
I will be tweeting some pics I take of Mickey Stuffing. We’re going on vacation in a few days, and I’m really hoping to snap a few of Mickey at the beach, at the pool and so forth, all Stuffing of course. Wednesday we will be at the Magic Kingdom – where I really hope some quality Stuffing can take place. That’s my goal anyway.
I have decided to include some pics I got off of the Twitter interwebs for you to have a better understanding and appreciation for planking. I’ve also included the first ever picture of Mickey Stuffing. Your welcome, Gator Nation.
Update 7/1/11: We have received an overwhelming response so far, and many of you are requesting some more planking pics. So here are more Lynden Trail Planks from his timeline.