PLANKING!! JUST PURE FUN OR SOMETHING MORE?
Before Sunday night ,planking was simply an ab strengthening exercise that I learned in Pilate’s, and then I checked my twitter. My Timeline was filled with people laying across various items. At 1st I didn’t pay to much attention to it, but then I saw more and more of of it. It seemed innocent enough, a TT (trending topic) to make everyone laugh, instead of the normal ones that are degrading or mean. Then I saw some people twitting that the “real” meaning of planking dated back to slavery, when Africans were piled on top of one another in slave ships to save space. So, was this new planking game meant to be offensive, I don’t think so. Often black people , especially the ones with very little sense of humor, are quick to take the fun out of something and make it into something racist, when it is just intended for fun, chill!
Planking (the Internet game) originated in Australia way back in 1997. It is defined as 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 is 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.
I do want to advise everyone who is taking part in Planking to be very safe. I know everyone wants to have fun and one up the other, but planking can be very dangerous and end in death. With any game or sport, know you limits!!
Here is the story of a man who died while planking:
Have you planked?? Send us you pics!!