The Lying Down Game: The Final Stage of Planking

Well, it could be for some idiots who forget to take care of their safety for the sake of planking craze. Still it's an incredible event this lying down game. They even have this (official?) website of which the ominous disclaimer really rings true:
The originators of the Lying Down Game cannot be held liable for any accidents, injuries or criminal proceedings resulting from participating in the Game.

Participants playing the game do so at their own risk!

Heh. I'm not going to totally write off this fad. (Yeah, who knows I'll be afflicted with this planking madness myself. Nah, not ever!)

PS. The title of this post is kinda inspired by this Japanese movie, "Liar Game: The Final Stage".

PPS. And here are some news/video about this pointless act of planking. Hur hur. (I know you're dying to argue that it's not pointless. After all it does produce a weird photo and also caused some guy die in Australia)

ON A Saturday evening earlier this year, four close friends made their way to Terminal Three of Changi Airport to pick up another friend returning from his holiday.

As they walked down the arrival hall, one of them, Mr Rudy Irzuan, 22, lay face down, without warning, on the shiny granite floor. The rest of the clique whipped out their cameras and started snapping photographs of Mr Rudy.

The group drew stares of incredulity from passers-by and a smile or two from tourists.

Those who did not know better would have dismissed the behaviour as a silly stunt by delinquents, but to these friends and like-minded folk, their actions constitute a form of photographic art.

The Singaporeans are part of a new fad, which entails lying face down on your stomach with arms by your side - imitating a plank - in unusual locations. Often, they post pictures of the act on social-networking sites like Facebook.

The Internet meme appears to have been spawned from what was known as "The Lying Down Game", created by buddies Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon in England.

Others said it began as a game in South Korea, Japan and Europe in the mid-2000s, but gained traction only this year when it was given the name "planking" by Australians.

However, the fad took a macabre twist on Sunday when Mr Acton Beale, 20, an Australian, plummeted seven storeys to his death in Brisbane after positioning himself on a balcony railing which was reportedly "two inches wide".

It is the first reported case of death from the craze.

Mr Beale's death prompted Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to call for a stop to the phenomenon.

"There's a difference between a harmless bit of fun done somewhere that's really safe and taking a risk with your life," Ms Gillard told the media on Sunday.

"Everybody likes a bit of fun, but the focus has to be on keeping yourself safe first."

In an AFP report, Mr Sam Weckert, the founder of the Facebook page dedicated to planking in Australia, said: "While we have no control over the actions of others, we'd like to encourage any members of the planking group and the general public to undertake this in a safe and responsible fashion."

The Singapore fans, similarly, believe in keeping it safe.

While the clique seek the "thrill factor" to test their guts by doing something embarrassing in public, they know they must draw a line between having fun and courting danger.

Mr Sufiyan Bohari, 22, a student, admits that "planking" at dangerous places - as Mr Beale did - may garner their photographs more views online, but said it should not endanger anyone's life.

"What's the point? Someone may get hurt and we need to know the limits of what is safe," he said.

His friend, Mr Iryan Rahmat, 23, a retail assistant, discovered "planking" in December on the Facebook page of Canadian actress Ellen Page.

A photography enthusiast, he saw "planking" as a creative avenue. He asked his friends, Mr Sufiyan, Mr Rudy, 22, a national serviceman, and Miss Pamela Adrienne, 21, a retail assistant, to try out the fad.

They meet almost every Saturday at places such as Changi Airport, the Esplanade and Henderson Wave, for their shoots. "We live by this motto: When we do something, we always think about the implications first," said Mr Sufiyan.

From Asiaone, "Safety comes first, say S'pore 'planking' fans".

Planking refers to lying face down like a "plank" in unusual or public locations. 'Players' take photos of the pose and post the images on Facebook or other sites on the Internet.

The trend gained some traction in Europe and Japan but achieved notoriety in Australia. The "official planking group" boasts 112,000 fans. Locals have also created a "Planking Singapore" Facebook page to gather local like-minded enthusiasts.

The strange meme is also popular in Asia and particularly Taiwan.

14-year-old Zarrin Zohri learned about this 'sport' from the web and from his friend, Aznurhak. Both are students from a local secondary school and they took to the activity just two weeks ago.

Zarrin and his friends are among the first Singaporeans to take part in the planking meme.

When asked why he was attracted to this sport he said: "The sport is rare and a little funny. It's a strange sport because people lie around like a plank. In Singapore, nobody does it."

Though the sport is largely considered as harmless goofiness, it is seen as potentially dangerous when players go to the extremes of planking at unusual places. People all over the world have planked on camels, busy roads, police cars and basketball hoops.

Last week, however, an Australian man plunged seven floors down a building when he attempted to plank on a balcony rail.

Zohri insists that his friends only do it at safe places. "From photos, I saw that a lot of people are doing it at high places. But my friend and I decide that we should do it in low places," said Zohri.

When Zohri planks, he finds a spot and lies face down. Not wanting to cause a nuisance, his friend takes the photo and both walk away quickly. "We apologise if we bother anybody."

"When I plank, I feel embarrassed but also courageous," explained Zohri.

From Yahoo! News, "‘Planking’ craze hits Singapore".


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