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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...

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

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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.

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 ...

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?

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 chained and ... Although “planking” wasn't the official terminology used by slave masters it is still ..... I'm not fully convinced that the term originated from slavery.

History of Plank Cooking - Great Lakes Grilling Co.

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Most feel that plank cooking originated in the Pacific Northwest and was the preferred method for ... This recipe featured planked chicken and duchess potatoes.

Planking — Everything You Need to Know [PHOTOS] - TheFW

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Dec 13, 2011 ... How did planking start? ... Some intellectual critics claim it actually originated during the slave-trade, citing the visual similarities between ...

How Planking Became an Internet Fad - WSJ - Wall Street Journal

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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 ...