"Planking" Trend Has Authorities Seriously Concerned

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"Planking" is an Australian trend in which people lie face-down in a weird places, take a picture, and put it on Facebook. And it has the Australian police extremely concerned.

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As seen on the extremely absurd Facebook page devoted to the activity, you can plank in many different places. On the grass! On the roof! In a TV studio! In a parking lot, while naked! Even a dog can plank. But it was the guy planking on the police car that got the authorities involved. Says Sergeant Matthew Russell of the city of Gladstone,

While we appreciate the activity is light-hearted fun, putting yourself and others at risk and breaking the law will not be tolerated. The activity is potentially dangerous, as proponents of the movement try to outdo each other by planking on structures and in precarious positions, putting themselves and others at risk of harm.

Also, they're threatening to charge the police car dude with an "Unauthorised High Risk Activity." This is pretty much the equivalent of the teacher yelling about your permanent record while all the kids throw spitballs and draw dicks on the wall. My guess is police condemnation is only going to make plankers more committed to their cause. Instead, maybe Australia's Department of Health should endorse planking — after all, it looks like it's really good for your abs.

Australian Police Crack Down On 'Planking' [Telegraph]

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bluefootedbooby

Man, I love this almost as much as extreme ironing. Here, presented for your delectation, a CCTV image of a man extreme ironing on the M1 motorway in the UK. As you can probably guess from the name, the M1 is our major motorway, running north to south up the middle of the country. It was partially closed for about a week last month after a serious fire started in a junk yard adjacent to it, and this wonderful soul decided to do some household chores there. Look, he isn't even with someone! It's not even one of those 'here mate, check out what I'm about to do!' situations! He's just woken up one morning, looked at his ironing board, looked at the news, and headed on out. God, I love people sometimes. Sure there's rape, genocide, murder and war, but sometimes we'll do something profoundly stupid and brilliantly absurd just for shits and giggles! Takes some of the sting out of life if you ask me :)