Update: Since I am not a fan of “meme” (a piece of content like images, videos, passed along the internet in a viral fashion) like planking, I am intrigued at the fact that a good friend showed me that I am actually outdated to the more “sophisticated” (?) form of owling.
More than likely you have found out that people are Planking. According to Wikipedia (where else am I going to find information about this), “Planking or the lying down game is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game.”
The reason? Because it is ridiculous and apparently its more interesting to watch than standing by a monument and smiling for the camara.
BBC.co.uk wrote an interesting article about planking and how in one case, led to a young man’s death (he was on a balcony and well…fell down).
You can rank planking on the level of flash mobs where people assemble in public places to do some sort of dance or coordinated activity and then disperse. Even Fox has a show called Mobbed, based on this premise.
On the one hand, it can been seen as extremely pointless as more people would engage in planking than voting in an election. On the other, it unites people in their sharing of a common activity, even if just to entertain themselves.
I am not as into my camera to engage in planking, but I don’t mind allowing my GI Joe to do it (I just have two GI Joes that I keep for memories sake…in case you’re wondering). What do you think about Planking? Got any cool planking pictures?