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Man Dies While ‘Planking’

Australian police reported that a young man took a deadly tumble from a seventh-floor balcony in Brisbane on Sunday while he was "planking," a stunt that involves lying flat on your stomach in an odd or dangerous situation while someone takes a picture and posts it on social media forums. The Internet phenomenon has recently gone viral: one Facebook page devoted to planking has 90,000 fans and features hundreds of photos of people lying on chimneys, escalators, and even camels. Last week one man was allegedly caught planking on a police car in Queensland, prompting police to warn plankers of the possible risks and dangers that come with the Internet meme.

May 15, 2011 9:05 AM