Internet fad ‘planking’ claims first victim

Idiocy takes many forms. Unfortunately, some of them are fatal.

"Stupid is as stupid does." - Forest Gump

"Stupid is as stupid does." - Forrest Gump

Take “planking,” for instance. The alleged Facebook-fueled fad, which involves having a picture taken of a daredevil lying rigidly prostrate and in an unusual location, has been blamed for the death of a young Australian man.

ABC News is reporting the death of Acton Beale, 20, who died after plummeting from a high-rise balcony.

Police say he was trying to “plank” on the balcony railing and lost his balance.

“[It] really just shows that these fads that people are coming up with really can have tragic consequences if they are not careful,” a police spokesman in Brisbane said.

Whatever happened to surfing? If you’re going to risk your life, at least do it on a beautiful beach with bikini-clad women nearby.

Police are not thrilled with the silliness, and I can understand why. Last week, Queensland Police charged a 20-year-old after he was spotted planking on a police car roof.

I wouldn’t try that in our neck of the woods.

Depending on your appetite for such things, prepare to be board/bored stiff.

One Facebook planking group has 127,000 fans, and the Australia group has announced May 25 as the inaugural annual Planking Day.

Choose your hobbies wisely people. Especially the dangerous ones.

41 comments Add your comment


May 16th, 2011
6:38 am

And this year’s Darwin Award goes to…


May 16th, 2011
6:51 am

That’s what happens in society where the youth have too much free time… maybe to curb this we need to send Georgia kids to work all the farms that won’t have immigrants working them anymore… just a thought.


May 16th, 2011
6:51 am

natural selection is a law


May 16th, 2011
6:56 am

never heard of it, so its not a Fad….


May 16th, 2011
6:59 am

Seriously, kids need a hobby. This doesn’t even look fun. Whatever happened to going camping or ridings bikes? That is what I did for fun as a teenager (which wasn’t that long ago).


May 16th, 2011
7:30 am

Hey y’all, watch this!!


May 16th, 2011
7:49 am

Umm……..are people really this boring and stupid nowadays?????

Pee Wee Herman

May 16th, 2011
7:57 am

What ever happened to the five knuckle shuffle? It use the be the hobby in my day..

Fadmaster Flash

May 16th, 2011
8:21 am

As far as fads go, streaking in the early 1970’s was significantly more entertaining. Laying still pretending to be a piece of wood seems so unimaginative. Really, a dead guy could pull that off.

Jingle Dingle

May 16th, 2011
8:21 am

I expect no less from the descendents of Mother Englands prisoners.

Call it like it is

May 16th, 2011
8:32 am

See nothing wrong with it. Gets rid of the surplus population, and gets the idiots out of the gene pool. Its a win win.

Bucky Kelley

May 16th, 2011
8:57 am

How do you know if you accomplished or won what ever you planked? Like how long do you have to be planked in a position, etc., to claim a win or success? Reckon you lose if you hit rock bottom…literally, like the above prone position contendee, and don’t get back on your feet!

Enemas for Science

May 16th, 2011
9:06 am

It’s called thinning the herd.


May 16th, 2011
9:16 am

Dear, person who captioned the picture. Forrest Gump’s name has two “r”s.


May 16th, 2011
9:17 am

Forrest Gump. Not Forest.


May 16th, 2011
9:18 am

Darwin award indeed, albeit a bit of a boring one. that’s the chance you take. it’s about doing it in an odd place and having a picture of it posted. it’s a fad – who cares?

it’s funny that the article says “what happened to surfing”, when in the last year or so, there was another column / article just like this one, except the topic was “car surfing” hahahahhahahahah. same deal, idiots will do it and get killed, that’s just the way it goes.

you can only pray that your child has been taught well by you, and has enough sense not to do these types of things…

Are you Kidding?

May 16th, 2011
9:24 am

I hear you Jingle Dingle…lol. Cave dwellers!


May 16th, 2011
9:26 am

PeeWee – LOL, thanks for the Monday laugh!


May 16th, 2011
9:33 am

Darwin is cool and planking is for fools.


May 16th, 2011
9:41 am

I don’t really see a problem with it. These people are too stupid to be alive anyway and this way they are eliminating themselves. The earth is overpopulated as it is, “planking” will both reduce the number and at the same time get rid of the morons in our society, so plank away you idiots.


May 16th, 2011
9:56 am

famous last words “Hey, look at me!!!”


May 16th, 2011
10:19 am

This is only tragic if it happens in countries other than Australia. I still blame them for the loss of Oceanic Flight 815.


May 16th, 2011
10:20 am

Famous last words spoken: “Hey y’all……come watch this!”
Famous last words heard: “Hey, I bet you won’t do this!”
Sadly, as I’ve gotten older I realize I’m lucky to be alive when I think about all the crazy things I did in my youth. Too bad some kids don’t get the chance to come to that realization.


May 16th, 2011
10:37 am

Yep, clearly a target demograhic here. Darwin indeed.

Oh The Humanity

May 16th, 2011
10:46 am

This requires government intervention. President Obama needs every vote he can get in ‘12.


May 16th, 2011
11:17 am

I guess video games aren’t as bad for you after all……


May 16th, 2011
11:28 am

The internets double edged sword.

Full of Sense and Wonder

May 16th, 2011
11:45 am

Bad Day, Mate.


May 16th, 2011
12:27 pm

Add in some dry humping and you got something there.

blah blah blah

May 16th, 2011
12:38 pm

Kids nowadays suck but they were awesome when I was a kid. And anyone who says my generation sucked and their older one was better is full of it.


May 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

Thanks, I will add an R to Forrest.

Jimbo Jones

May 16th, 2011
1:45 pm

A little thinning of the herd….works for me.


May 16th, 2011
2:23 pm

Daniel do you really think that just because you have never heard of it that you are the defining factor on if its a fad or not. Grow the heck up. I think that your head may be too big you need to let your body catch up


May 16th, 2011
3:04 pm

People need to spend less time on their computers!

Betty Gail Brawley

May 16th, 2011
4:09 pm

IS this the new Mother of inventionn, for retiring or reclining ?
Give me the old fashion cotton mattress.!

bored sr. citizen

May 16th, 2011
4:54 pm

I’ve been looking for a new hobby. This may be it! Since I’m afraid of heights though I’ll limit my planking to a sawhorse in the back yard. That way when I fall off the worst that’ll happen is I land in an ant bed or cat poop.

Osama was Laden

May 17th, 2011
11:49 am

I was trying to plank when the SEALS shot a huge hole in my head.

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May 29th, 2011
8:19 am

Fact 1: The 1% of the population of the US that owns most of the money in the country also owns the media.

Fact 2: Any given news site allows you to “communicate” about topics like this or what Paris Hilton did this weekend or if Justin Beiber has a new girlfriend.

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