The Mangle

May 20, 2011

The Origins and Dangers of Planking

Filed under: Scoops — themangle @ 1:43 am

The UK’s Guardian newspaper recent published an article on the origins of the Internet craze ‘Planking’. The autor claims that it “began 14 years ago with a pair of bored kids. Gary Clarkson, then 15, and his friend Christian Langdon, 12, would perform the plank in public places, amusing one another and baffling onlookers. Back then, it was known simply as the Lying Down Game.”

However, this recently-uncovered photo from 2001 suggests that the practice of planking may have already been well-established across the Atlantic. The photo in question graphically highlights the dangers associated with the craze – see below.



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