A social media game that uses Facebook as its vector is being blamed for the death of a 20-year-old Queenslander over the weekend. The silly, but mostly harmless, game of "planking" involves a person lying straight, arms by side face down, sans facial expression. Plankers are encouraged to pose creative or daring locations and …
Extreme sports for the obesity generation.
Seriously, we've been hearing for some years now how all the kids are horribly fat from eating too many chips. That's why the last generation invented Parkour and Base Jumping, and this generation has invented Planking.
Did you think they were going to invent some kind of game that involved running around?
Ahh, dear old Facebook
the natural home of those planks who fall short of length requirements.
Well deserved, we'll carve the medal on your tombstone.
Actually, I've got an idea: I'm going to create a Facebook wanking game, that would be awesome. Or stupid. Or both, as the line is quite blurry these days.
Now the chicken and egg question: does Facebook make you stupid, or does it attract already stupid people?
"Hey, I'm incredibly social, I took a picture of myself lying on the belly on a bench, and shared it with 89K people online!". Yup, it probably makes you a Turner Prize nominee as well.
Suitable for planks...
Balacing on the edge of a 7 story drop...
Twat.....Hopefully Darwin will expunge a few more "waste-of-oxygen" lifeforms wirth this amusing life ending game... TV rights anyone..
Infact, theres a new idea for Mr Blaine...Go plank on the moon!!!!
Rodney, you planker!
"Police fear that as 'stupidity' gains popularity there may be more injuries and, potentially, further deaths," he said.
WTF? When I was a lad it was called "Extreme Lying Down", mind you planking lends itself to ease of use doesn't it? "he's a real planker. I was arrested for planking on a police car. I'm going to the park for a quick plank" that sort of thing...
/mine's the one with double entendres for beginners in the pocket
To paraphrase Bill Hicks...
;;;one less gas station attendant in the world.
You need a "right to plank"?
Sod that. Plank ahead.
6.626068 × 10^-34
Yes, the calculations work out!
What am I going to do with 6 x 10^23 avocadoes?
Mine's the one with guacamole in the pockets.
Is the average number of braincells these twats have ?
I'll get me coat, but anyone who gets me maybe needs to get theirs too !
We were all young once
Seems like a lot of blokes in these comments making the same bad joke who seem to have forgotten the many, many, retrospectively retarded exploits of their youth that could just have easily ended in similar, if less widely mocked tragedy.
I must have forgotten
Because I don't recall ever doing anything monumentally stupid and dangerous when I was 20 (unless you count asking out my best female friend, which even in the worst case was unlikely to be fatal).
It doesn't take a fool to spot a fool.
It must be great being you...
...not having the memory of ever having done anything stupid in your life.
Personally, I'm sure I've done lots of things that were stupid and / or dangerous whilst young / drunk, most often probably without even realising it at the time. The difference between me and this particular individual probably comes down to something as simple as I was lucky and he was not. Just because I have no explicit recollection of these things doesn't make me perfect or infallible.
It might not take a fool to spot a fool, but it also doesn't take a callous hubristic fool to spot another.
No, just to think they have spotted another
I never said I've never done anything stupid. I just said I've never done anything so stupid and dangerous that anyone with two functioning brain cells could tell it was a bad idea.
Anyone mentiond Darwin yet?
Oh they have. No point in me posting it then.
What a plank.
What a bunch of comedians!
A young man dies doing something stupid while drunk.
Dozens of utter f^ckw1ts post sick, gloating remarks on El Reg in totally pathetic attempts at wit.
A truly sad story all round then.
Is it good or bad that the moderators let these gloating remarks through? Do I need to be constantly reminded that there is a large section of the public whose natural reaction to a child being run over, for example, is to laugh, gloat and blame the victim for being "stupid", and that a lot of these people read The Register?
Incidentally, it may be the case that intelligent people are more likely to be killed in some classes of accident. When young, they are more likely to circumvent safety measures and do something unexpected and original. When older, they are more likely to suffer from repetition fatigue. I've been present at some near misses involving people of Oxbridge-level intelligence, with and without alcohol.
I'm not sure how gloating correlates with intelligence. Perhaps the more intelligent gloaters are aware enough at least to understand how socially acceptable their behaviour is and to limit themselves to doing it anonymously.
Re: re: gloating
"Is it good or bad that the moderators let these gloating remarks through?"
If they didn't, there'd be about three comments in this thread!
There, fixed that for you.
"Is it good or bad that the moderators let these remarks I disagree with through? " - AC
The blame game
"A social media game that uses Facebook as its vector is being blamed for the death of a 20-year-old Queenslander over the weekend."
Of course it's the fault of the game, never let it be said that a person is responsible for their own actions.
That would be Planck's constant, sorry to be a pedant, but such a brilliant intellect needs to have his name spelled correctly.
Those silly police...
"Even before the weekend death, police were starting to overreact to the craze."
I mean, fucking police overreacting, it's not like anyone could die or something.
Yes! Lets ban everything that can kill you!
There goes every modern amenity society has to offer...
Correct me if I'm wrong.
But didn't piss-heads sometimes remove themselves from the gene-pool before the Internet was invented?
I believe so.
Sometimes, even by falling off of high things.
I contend that this particular individual died because he was drunk and foolish, the fact that he was 'planking' whilst drunk and foolish may have contributed to it, but was not the only cause. Accidents tend to happen when people are drunk, as it affects things like judgement and balance, both of which are vitally important to not falling off the aforementioned high things.
The separate case of the guy being arrested because of 'planking' on a police car; as mentioned by another poster above, the police are quite likely to arrest you if you site/lie/jump/plank on top of a police car, what with there being a law against it.
As to where Facebook comes in all this? The easy answer: it doesn't. The supposed link between the 'craze' on FB, and an unfortunate drunken 20 year old losing his life is so tenuous as to be non-existent.
I don't get it
A 20 year old is dead. What is so funny about that?? I can't believe some of the comments here.
This whole title thing is someties tedious
Sound safer than what we used to do with the original Yard Darts when I was a kid (with no adult supervision, of course).
Did he maintain the planking pose all the way down, do you think?
IMF chief was 'just planking' on chambermaid
Are people seriously all getting enthused about lying down in an uncomfortable way?
Seriously, people - lying down for 8 hours in a nice, comfortable pose is wayyy more satisfying. Trust me.
Sit on my space
Planker gets confused between Facebook and Faceplant. So much for Darwin... Newton award as well ?
In the UK we have an expression,...
What a plank !!
this story is a prime example of a 'plank' and the sort of things 'planks' do.
The irony that there are 'plank' groups on farcebook is not unsimilar to the irony of 'chavs'. The word 'chav' comes from 'chavvy', a slang word used by travellers (fairgrund and circus folk) meaning idiot or moron, the irony being that idiots and morons unwitingly adopted the word as a lifestyle label
Should stick to herion. Much safer.
be herion pwime, where Widdick comes from?
Given two groups sharing an environment, the one more suited to the conditions will prosper.
Observation 1: Idiots kill themselves all the time
Observation 2: The number of idiots does not seem to be decreasing
Conclusion: The number of idiots is growing faster than they can kill themselves, and the population of non-idiots is failing to outcompete them for any resource that affects population growth.
By posting tedious repetetive comments about how happy Darwin must be about this event, or hilaaaarious jokes about cleaning the gene pool, you more or less put yourself in the 'non stupid' group, the one which is failing to thrive.
You may smugly congratulate yourself on joining the losing team, and await your own Darwin award for utterly failing to prevent your own collective extinction and failing to have a good time whilst doing so,
I am ashamed to call myself a Human Being considering I am the same as all you lot on here.
A kid has died because he was doing something that yes was stupid but still, atleast he was trying to do something when he died and all you lot can do is call them stupid and be thankful he is dead.
You are a disgrace the lot of you.
People die in stupid ways, take walking on railway track's or running across a road but people also die just walking down the street.
I feel sorry for this lad's family and just hope they don't see this site, and read the comment's left by a bunch of stupid disrespectfull people.
I didn't think the comment's would be like what they are but I guess I was thinking that people would be respectful, guess I was a idiot and based on all your comment's I should be dead because of it.
Get a life, and grow up and be respectfull.
It's called "graveyard humour".
In case you haven't noticed, short pain-filled lives followed by violent unpleasant deaths has been the lot of the greater part of humanity since the beginning of recorded time, and a good deal before then too. It's the human condition, and morbid humour is one of our time-tested coping mechanisms. It's not actually as vindictive as it may come across.
@ Ashamed AC
I think you need to take a bit of a reality pill there, and think about why you feel that your grief jockey platitudes are in some way less shameful that others' poor humour and disdain.
You need to accept that there are two issues here, one is that a human being has died - which is itself generally a bad thing, with all the inherent baggage that comes with lost life.
However the other aspect is that a supposedly intelligent being has managed to kill themselves by stupidly carrying out a truly absurdly idiotic action as part of a completely pointless escapade. This is worthy of note and ridicule.
Look at this way, if the bloke had simply broken a few bones we would all be merrily chortling away and only the most puritan of grief-jockeys would be admonishing anyone for doing so. The only difference here is the seriousness (I was going to say "gravity" - but you would probably get all mardy about that) of the result.
Yes it is very much a shame that someone has been killed, but the manner and circumstances are in isolation, funny.
Correct me if I am wrong but this whole craze seems quite pointless. I would have thought you would find it more amusing farting in elevators.
Farting in lifts is more amusing. Unfortunately, given that I only spend a few minutes of each day in lifts with the opportunity for such humour, it is also useful to have other funny activities in your repertoire. Not that I'm into planking.
could I suggest a slight change of practice for maximum effect ?
Try farting in a stairwell. With all those firedoors the stench will linger for days !
Just make sure it's a smelly one for maximum effect.
I've just finished reading the first page of comments and there's not a single entry expressing sympathy for the young man who lost his life in this tragic accident, or for the family he leaves behind.
Keep it up.
His family will almost certainly blame Facebook / Plankers rather than accepting that their son was a plank long before he was encouraged by a bunch of other plankers.
Rising to heaven , broken hearted,
Played Plank, now I'm dearly departed!
You gotta love Mother Nature.
The more our society mollycoddles and protects the stupid the more ways good ol' Mom finds to take them out.
My advice would be to let them do it, the Human Race will be all the stronger for their departure.
Maybe it was an embedded device?
They don't have a filesystem, you know.
That's perfectly normal.
Why are we doing tdwtf memes here?
One down many to go
At least we won't need to deal with the dead ones, only the braindead that live.
in the late sixties we flew to the moon
in the eighties we had the computer revolution
in the nineites the internet revolution
today we are only capable of posting pictures of somebody laying around...
give it a couple more years and we'll all be back in caves scribbling on the walls.