Tuesday, May 17, 2011

To Plank or Not to Plank

Ever hear of the Planking? You know, this?

No, this man isn't passed out drunk (well, we can't know for certain). He is planking. Planking is literally lying face down on or between objects in random places, and stiffing yourself out like a plank of wood.

Looks stupid, right? Sounds even stupider, right? Well try telling that to Acton Beale of Brisbane, Australia, who died while planking. He was drunk and decided to plank on the balcony of a seven story building, and then fell to his death. Apparently this "planking" is the newest form of extreme sport.

Granted, he was drunk. But like many, my first reaction to hearing this story was, "what a dumbass!" I mean, how stupid do you have to be to hang half of your body off the ledge of a seven story building. Wouldn't you be afraid of falling? Granted, he was drunk, and drunk people tend to do stupid things.

Yes, that's exactly what I thought, that is, until I saw this:
And then I thought, "Holy shit, this is awesome. I have to do this."

Now I understand why poor Acton Beale of Brisbane, Australia wanted to plank off a seven story building. He had a dream, to be the best, the best planker there ever was. And he died doing what he loved. For this I salute him, the martyr of the planking revolution.

My heart and prayers go out to Mr. Beale's family and friends.

22 comments:

  1. are you yankin my chain? I would have been so pissed if I died planking

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  2. This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen. Seriously, what the hell?

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  3. haha what the... this is so stupid, yet mildly amusing.

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  4. WTF is these??? i will try it haha

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  5. These are really great, love these.

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  6. ¡'ll try it tomorrow xD hahaha

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  7. Interestingly I do like this idea. I never thought I would have fun doing something so stupid.

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  8. This is so crazy and pretty tragic that people have died doing it but I have to laugh!

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  9. So that's what planking is? I heard about this and thought it was something completely different. It looks so stupid, why would you do that?

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  10. Lol this is pretty weird also who the heck planks of a balcony?

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  11. What? that seems quite idiotic.

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  12. Dude, planking is definitely going to be THE olympic sport soon. Just gotta believe.

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  13. Lol'd..Plankers gonna plank. Nice post !

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  14. I think I'm gonna stick to Parkour. ;)

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  15. planking pictures can be so creative and hilarious... too bad the risks are too high sometimes.

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  16. I'm sure we had this ages ago called the lying down game, I'm pretty sure I was doing this in 2009....

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