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What is Planking for?

Updated on April 15, 2015

The latest planking craze is the hot topic this year - as photos appear of people who are joining in with this potentially dangerous pastime/activity. Some people are going to extraordinary lengths to become the best at planking.

But, what is planking?

The objective of planking is to take a photograph of yourself lying down in bizarre, or unusual places. Already accidents and a death have been attributed to the new planking craze - as they've fallen from ledges on tall buildings when attempting to take their own planking photo.

The fad has taken off since David Williams (Wolfman), who is a rugby league star and renowned planker decided to show off his skills on live TV after a try in March. He lay stretched out on the ground - and now everybody wants to do planking, but a lot are going over the top!

Top Planking Stuntmen

Planking has to be filed away under "fun", until it gets out of hand - then it becomes a risky game of Amateur Stuntman!

People are going to greater and greater lengths to outdo somebody else's planking photo. They're climbing higher, reaching further, thinking the unthinkable. They're clambering, crawling and inching their way to the most bizarre places just to have their planking photo taken, so they can post it on Facebook.

But planking's gone beyond Facebook now, now it's in the world's media as newspapers are reporting some of the more bizarre attempts, wins and failures.

Hilarious Planking Photos

Because of copyright, I can't reproduce the images here, but will provide links to the image/story. Here are some of the hilarious planking, dangerous planking or downright daring planking photos that are out there - if you know of others, let me know and I can add them for others to enjoy.

Kitchen Planking Accident

Planking Accidents:

There have been a lot of accidents with people planking - when it goes wrong.

In one planking video a woman tries planking in the kitchen - but ends up pulling the stove over and on top of herself.

This just shows you how dangerous planking is for people who didn't get their full share of common sense.

What is Planking?  An office of people planking at work.
What is Planking? An office of people planking at work. | Source

What is Planking: Planking at Work

For many people, the opportunity of planking at work is too much to resist - and there's been a lot of people taking planking photos in their workplaces.

What is Planking: Planking in public places - a supermarket aisle
What is Planking: Planking in public places - a supermarket aisle | Source

What is Planking in a Public Place?

People are managing to take planking photos in all kinds of everyday situations. Planking in a supermarket, planking on high buildings ... and, planking everywhere that is a public place.

Could you, would you do this?

Died Planking

It's OK to laugh when you see the photos, but somebody's died while planking - and there will no doubt be an increasing number of people dying for their art in the coming months. Below are links to people who have had planking accidents and they died planking, or are seriously injured. Here are a few. RIP.

So, Planking - What Do You Think?

Do you find planking interesting? What is planking to you and your social group - have you done any planking? Personally I just "don't get it". It's so bizarre. If the best thing somebody can think of to do with their time is to lie down on their stomach and get their photo taken so they can post it on Facebook, then the quicker the recession's over and there are proper jobs for people to go to the better!!

What do you think....? Planking will be another fad, soon forgotten.

Have You Done Planking?

Have you done planking, or does it leave you bewildered?

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    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL @ Silent Reed!

      I think it is stupid, dangerous, and these people simply have too much time on their hands! They need to get a life!

    • earner profile imageAUTHOR

      Dedicated Content Curator 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm sure they'll be planking in the Philippines before too long - you wait!

    • teacherfidel profile image


      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Good thing that craze never got here in the Philippines. Al least, I think it didn't. Never heard about it in the local news.

    • KenWu profile image


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Planking is nothing bad as long as one does not injure his/her own life or others.

    • Cari Jean profile image

      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      seems pretty dumb to me but then again I don't get a lot of what younger people do these days!

    • blackreign2012 profile image


      7 years ago

      Oh God smdh wow never knew this even existed.. I wish some ppl would just use the commmon sense God gave them great hub! :-)

    • zanin profile image


      7 years ago from London, England

      As the saying goes , 'as thick as two short planks' . Nina

    • earner profile imageAUTHOR

      Dedicated Content Curator 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Funny planking pics blue!

      Thanks a lot for those.

      I especially liked the planking photo of the man planking in the aeroplane, with his head in one overhead locker and his feet in the locker opposite!


    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      I sure they have no brains. What is the big deal?

    • annmackiemiller profile image


      7 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      I agree with nicomp - it's stoopid but then the world abounds with stupid people

      good hub though, voted up

    • allexia26 profile image


      7 years ago

      Never in a million years, would I thought such a thing as planking would be the new idea of fun (wow)

    • SilentReed profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      Leave it to idle minds to come up...They should join some SM clubs where they could be put to use as table furniture. :)

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Your poll needs another option: "It's stoopid and I have a life."


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