• Planking – the New Extreme Sport

    Date: 05.23.11 | by Natalie Jacobs.

    Get ready as May 25th is National Planking Day. So what exactly is planking? Well, it’s the new sport of lying face down on top of any surface with arms straight and next to the body and the toes pointed. Someone takes a photo of the planker and uploads it to Facebook. We give credit to the Aussies for being the extreme plankers who started this trend. The official Planking Facebook fan page has over 230,000 likes and encourages “safe planking”.

    Although this random and new fad is purely fun to many and attracting new participants every day, like anything, it can be dangerous and risky if done in a reckless manner. At least one person has been arrested for planking on top of a police car (see video below) and others have reported being fired for their office plank. A recent tragedy occurred in Australia and resulted in the death of a young person who fell off a balcony railing seven stories high. So please use extreme caution and care if choosing to plank.

    Check out some of our favorite planking pics below.

    School Planking

    Bike Planking

    Mall Planking

    Early 90's Planking

    Judge Tom Planking in Peru

    Natalie Jacobs

    This post was written by Natalie Jacobs. Prior to joining the AsktheJudge.info team, Natalie worked as a criminal attorney for over five years. She also has worked with Innocence Projects as well as Girls on the Run of Northern Arizona, a character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. When she's not reading and writing about youth justice issues, she thinks about becoming a farmer, chef, world traveler, Bikram master, dogwalker and 80’s film reviewer.

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    • Askthejudge.info
      Wed, 25 May 2011 at 05:46

      Happy World #Planking Day everyone! http://t.co/BOifXVK

    • Alyssa Miller
      Tue, 14 Jun 2011 at 05:43

      This is great. Well.. As long as you aren’t, you know, falling off of seven stories or being arrested.. I have to say that is hilarious. I don’t think I would stop laughing if I saw someone ust randomly plank during something mundane like shopping. It’s good people have something to laugh about, even if it seems pointless.

    • Mary Schlanger
      Sun, 19 Jun 2011 at 10:51

      That is hilarious! Wouldn’t it be funny though if someone ,who had absolutely no idea what planking was,went to say Target on national planking day and all these people laying on the ground? They would possible think there is some sort of plague or some sort of chemical leak had happened. I know that i would freak out if i was in that position. It is completely random! It would be even worse if after you left the target you saw people laying on top of burgerkings or Petsmarts…. Then you would really think something bad had happened.
      Good point, Mary. People might also panic, assuming the worst such as a random shooting spree had occurred as in the Tucson, Arizona events of this past January. Maybe we should stick with the “flash mobs” who entertain us in malls, etc.

    • Oklahoma City Divorce Attorney Matt Ingham
      Fri, 15 Jul 2011 at 05:03

      Planking is a sport that allows the participants to express their creativity…a lot of fun.

    • Divorce Lawyers Tulsa
      Thu, 01 Sep 2011 at 03:19

      Planking has really caught on during the past year. It’s a fun sport that allows the participants to express their creativity.
      Thanks, Matt. It was my first time with plans for more.

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