Australian Man Dies From "Planking" Accident

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There is this thing called "planking," which is apparently huge in Australia, and basically it's people lying very stiffly on their stomachs on top of different things? I don't get it either. But it's got 85,000 fans on Facebook so it must really be all the rage. Sadly, planking just killed a man in Brisbane, Australia.

20-year-old Acton Beale was planking on a seventh-floor balcony when he plunged to his death. He was trying to lay on his stomach on the railing when he fell. He died at the scene. The police commissioner "said his worst fears about planking had been realised."

Planking seems to be something that people in Australia do literally everywhere, and I'm not sure why. It literally makes no sense? Lying very still on your stomach in varied locales isn't even that edgy? It's just people doing this:

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Not worth dying for. Reminds me of fads from the 1920s like "pole-sitting" or whatever. Look, here's a whole...a whole website about planking.

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Holly231
Holly231

NigG@ @iint pL@nKiin No Mo@nKiin:disqus ~`!*{B@ddB!+cH}*!`~

Sdfdsf
Sdfdsf

wow you're from the 1920's 

James Early
James Early

Ha ha. Your momentary interests and obsessions look pretty strange when some outsider turns an eye on them. You, YOU, feel safe because you conform to what everyone else who is just like you expects. That's yourself you are dismissing as a "fad" follower. Ha.

Matt 73
Matt 73

 wow! people do this because?....It's a weird practice seemingly done by equally weird people! i ask this, what purpose does it serve?

Me
Me

Not very bright.  Sad that they didn't see this one coming. 

Planker
Planker

First ever 6" foot under Plank

scallywag
scallywag

 

One has to wonder what the appeal of such a craze really lies, and why so many are willing to risk their lives or injury to do it? In a world where options to re assert one’s prowess and ability to survive the odds are dwindling with the ever increasing automation of activities as well as the daily onslaught of bizarre news and world affairs is it any wonder that for a half a moment a young individual can suddenly feel vindicated in a world over crowded with ennui? Assuming that is they don’t fall to their death- which ironically only makes the craze even more perversely appealing….

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