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Two groups claim to have invented planking - either in Somerset, England in 2000 as the "lying down game" or eight years later in South Australia as planking.
Planking has grown in popularity, particularly in Australia where there has been huge media coverage.

Planking (fad) - Wikipedia

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Planking is an activity consisting of lying face down—sometimes in an unusual or incongruous ... He informed CNN about this video evidence and how it did not air on the show, stating that it w...

'It's an insult to African Americans': Planking accused of being racist ...

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012763/Its-insult-African-Americans-Planking-accused-racist.html

Jul 8, 2011 ... 'I did a little research and it revealed that slaves were chained and attached to ... ' Liberal snowflake' Hollywood stars come under fire for.

Planking: a brief history | World news | The Guardian

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May 16, 2011 ... The internet craze of lying face down in bizarre locations has gone global, and now it has claimed its first victim. Tom Meltzer reports on how it ...

Planking | Know Your Meme

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May 25, 2011 ... Planking, often referred to as the “planking craze”, refers to the act of ... “The point of that video, we did a random, ridiculous thing and made a ...

Planking: the pair who started it 14 years ago - Sydney Morning Herald

www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/planking--the-pair-who-started-it-14-years-ago-20110517-1eqzp.html

May 17, 2011 ... The rules are simple: you must lie face down, palms flat against your sides, with your feet together and pointing at the floor.

How Planking Became an Internet Fad - WSJ

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Jun 11, 2011 ... One of the latest kooky Internet fads—planking—involves turning one's body into the shape of a wooden plank that rests rigidly, and often ...

Dr. Boyce Watkins; Planking, Slavery and Black People: What ...

thyblackman.com/2011/07/06/dr-boyce-watkins-planking-slavery-and-black-people-what-should-we-think/

Jul 6, 2011 ... I just did some research and turns out planking has been getting ... to cry about boyce come on eveything is not about nonsense. like u make it.

Is planking related to slavery? -

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Jun 28, 2011 ... Of course I did a little research and it revealed that slaves were .... MEANS AND COME FROM AND SO TO SAY THAT THE HISTORY OF IT IS ...

Who, What, Why: What is planking? - BBC News

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May 16, 2011 ... A man has died in Australia after taking part in the internet phenomenon of planking. But what is it and where did the craze come from?