Alright iNternets I’m here to set the record straight on this new “Planking” fad that is sweeping the internet. If you haven’t seen it yet you’ve either been too busy trying to get an invite to google+ or you just don’t own a computer. It’s everywhere.
Planking is simple. Just lay facedown on any object and take a picture. Upload it to your facebook, twitter, tumblr, myspace whatever and enjoy. Simple enough right?
Where did this fad come from? How did it start? Well gather around boys and girls and I’ll tell you a tale.
It was the summer of 2000. A pre-9/11 American Utpoia where a young man could be anything he wanted. There was a certain young man, only 14 years of age, a High school freshman. He was sitting on his couch, watching MTV, eagerly awaiting the upcoming school year. Little did he know that this very moment his life would change and he would be instrumental in starting one of the biggest fads to ever hit the internets.
As I mentioned, he was watching MTV. What show you ask? The Tom Green Show…observe (Fast forward to the 55 second mark)
Although it was a very miniscule and short part of the show it cemented in our heros mind. He knew it was something special. The school year began and the young man spent his days in class and his lunch period entertaining his fellow students in the lunch room laying down flat and stiff as a board on the tables, chairs, ground, and once…only once, on the food counter.
Years past and he outgrew this childish prank, started doing it less and less as it fell by the wayside. He grew up, went to college. The golden years full of partys, drinking, and most importantly. The boogie.
Not being the most gifted dancer he was forced to resurrect his former go to move break it out during dance battles and special occasions. He called it “The Dead Man”. Noone could compete.
Remembering the good times back in high school and noticing how receptive people were to the dead man he began doing it more and more again. It was like he never stopped. “Dead manning” all over the place. Spreading his love of the dead man everywhere. Bars, Partys, even the middle of a busy street.
Our friend is still doing the “Dead Man” in the Chicago suburbs. He is the first to “Plank”. The Neil Armstrong of this internet Meme.
Why should you care? Why Have I taken the time to tell you this tale? The Answer is simple. You know the young boy from this story. He is now a man, and you know him better as El Capitan….
Prove it? Done.
I present Exhibit A: The first “dead-man” or Plank caught on film
Taken straight from facebook. Dated August 21, 2008.
Deadman/Plank in the middle of Division in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI. The birthplace of planking dated March 20, 2009. St. Patricks day…
You may think planking started with the lying down game which did not gain popularity until well after El Capitan started doing it. So I implore you. Give credit where credits due.
El Capitan of Code 2 Avenue is the originator of Planking.
- Jonny D