Monday, May 16, 2011

Planking Can Be Dangerous

And I'm not talking about International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest this weekend for the attempted planking of a hotel chambermaid in New York before almost escaping on a plane to Paris dressed as an International Monetary Fund Managing Director.  From AAP: "The internet craze of "planking" has tipped over into tragedy with the death of a young man who plunged seven storeys from the balcony of a Brisbane apartment building.  Acton Beale, 20, is believed to be the first person killed while taking part in the fast-growing global fad, in which people have photos of themselves taken while lying face-down in a public place and post the results on the internet.  Mr. Beale fell to his death from the inner Brisbane apartment block in the early hours of Sunday morning, reportedly while attempting the stunt on the balcony railing."  Yet methinks the two terms may be related - given certain positional similarities and despite emerging into the popular lexicon fifty years apart.  Just goes to show you how many new terms today have "roots" in the '60s!