The internet craze of lying face down in bizarre locations has gone global, and now it has claimed its first victim.
This article titled “Planking: a brief history” was written by Tom Meltzer, for The Guardian on Monday 16th May 2011 19.59 UTC
The rules are simple: you must lie face down, palms flat against your sides, with your feet together and pointing at the floor. Points are awarded for an original location and for the number of spectators and participants involved. You must, of course, have somebody take a photo. Without a photo, you're just a person lying down. This is planking, described variously as a global participatory art project, the lazy man's free-running, a “pointless internet craze”, the new flash-mobbing and, in the words of one incensed online commenter, “a sick, pagan pastime”.