Some find this meme annoying. Other people find it hilarious.  This spread throughout the internet like wildfire and people are amazed why it became so popular.

Planking is very simple: Lie down straight, rigid, and face first anywhere.

It is rather ridiculous. Planking is trolling in its own right because it makes a lot of people angry and confused. Why would you do this? What does it mean? Doesn’t it hurt? A lot of people join in on the fun of messing with people, others just want to join because it seems like fun. I remember planking at the center line while playing capture the flag to make fun of people just standing around guarding their sides.

This meme gives people a way to be a creative. You can plank anywhere to make some sort of statement. People plank on top of statues, in the middle of the street (I don’t recommend it), even on people planking (plankception!). The only thing that is stopping you is your own imagination!

The spin-offs of of this has also been pretty creative. A simpler one is owling, where you crouch instead of lie down. The cooler one I’ve seen is horsemaning, where you take a picture of yourself looking the headless horseman. I always wonder what they’ll think of next.

People also need to be careful while planking. Ridiculous as it seems, there have been planking accidents. People who are stupid enough to plank on the ledge of high buildings and accidentally fall.

So remember kids: planking may be fun but think of your own safety first!