This is the first I heard of it. I wonder how long before somebody takes it too far and dies.


Acton Beale, 20, originally from Tannum Sands near Gladstone in the state’s central region, fell from a high-rise building on Sunday morning when he tried to plank on a balcony railing.

Planking involves a person lying face down in a rigid position at random locations and posting photos of the act on the internet.

Opposition police spokesman John-Paul Langbroek says the craze is dangerous.

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

  • Tyler

    I watched 99% of that thinking it was stupid, and then laughed at the very end, against my better judgement.

  • Faemorpheus

    When I saw this today I thought for sure this was from The Onion. One of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard of. Planking. Are they crazy bored in Australia or what?

  • Eddie

    At least he had time to think about his actions on the way down.

  • McGee

    All I know is, people who die from this are just doing what the Darwinist God intends.

  • pvc

    Kids these days are a buncha stiffs.

  • DreamDevil

    *sniff sniff* Is that a Darwin award I smell?

  • Mike K

    I didn’t know what it was either until I read a news report about the guy that died. So, what’s the appeal of planking, anyway? I do that every time I go to bed.

  • Rampage_Rick <– I thought of it first!

    To start us off:
    – On a whale at Sea World
    – Between two golf carts in motion
    – On a block of ice
    – On a griddle
    – On a balcony railing …oh wait, scratch that one
    – On the counter at Subway
    – On stage at a strip club
    – At a bank teller wicket
    – Between shelves at a liquor store
    – In the driveway of a school before final bell


    Firs time I’ve heard it called “planking”. I thought it was “the Lying Down Game”.

    • outeast

      Yes! I knew i’d seen the game but not heard this term. It’s been bugging me all day… The Lying Down Game goes waaaaay back.

      Still no Extreme Ironing deaths though?

  • a

    I don’t care what people say, planking is still better than praying.

  • WordyGrrl

    It’s parkour for the lazy.

  • Furnace

    Thinning of the herd.

  • Drew
  • Rampage_Rick