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The Other Kind of Horizontal Excitement

The photo of Reid Moodie, 15, of Tauranga, New Zealand, lying face down across railroad tracks wasn’t posted to Facebook by kidnapers. He was “planking,” which one journalist called “the active pursuit of playing dead.” Plankers lie stiff, bridging their bodies across two points, or balancing on one point, such as a pillar. Last week, an Australian man who was planking on a balcony railing fell several storeys to his death. But it wasn’t until news of that death spread that planking really took off in New Zealand. “I think it had exploded by the next day,” said NetSafe CEO Martin Cocker. (RC/New Zealand Herald) ...Plankers, wankers — what’s the difference?
Original Publication Date: 29 May 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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