Australian man dies after ‘planking’May 16th, 2011 - 3:41 am ICT by BNO News
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (BNO NEWS) — An Australian man fell seven storeys to his death when participating in the internet craze of “planking,” The Australian reported on Sunday.
The 20-year-old was in a unit in Brisbane when he tried to “plank” on the rail of a verandah but fell off. “Planking” involves a person lying straight, face down, with the arms beside the body and fists tightly clenched, impersonating a plank, preferably in a bizarre location.
The results are then posted on the internet, specially on social networking sites. Planking Australia’s Facebook page went from 10,000 fans to 24,000 over three days last week.
Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett said it appeared the man had fallen “while attempting a planking episode”. He added that the man had been planking with a friend in various spots on their way home, before preparing to lie on the balcony rail.
“He has tragically lost his footing and fallen to the ground below. It is what we’ve been fearing,” Barnett said.
Last week, police arrested a Gladstone man who was photographed “planking” on the back of a police car.
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