It seems that the practice of planking in public places has become very popular but I'm happy to say that I haven't yet found anyone committing the act in a public place - well not since my policing days anyway.
Apparently people get their kicks planking in unusual and public places and taking photographs of themselves doing it. The photographs are then posted online in social networks so that all their curious friends can see how they look when they are having a really good plank.
Many incidents involve multiple-person planking which must look very strange to any non-planking passers-by, but maybe it makes them want to go home and have a quick plank themselves. I understand that it's not unusual for men and women to plank together or at least in the same location and I'm sure that gives each plank a little extra zest. It's also good to see that this isn't gender specific and both men and women can get the same thrill out of having a plank. Teenagers apparently often plank in socks.
I'm sure that planking per se is not a new phenomenon (indeed in the past I may have planked once or twice myself) but the spreading of images online of people planking in public is a new twist. I'm not sure if facial expression is part of the fun but I imagine people planking with their tongue between their teeth would be a common one, as well as planking with eyes screwed tight shut, eyes crossed or mouth wide open - what fun. Planking can be enjoyed by almost anyone - indeed rumour has it that Pope Benedict XVI is dtermined to get some planking done in his retirement (although whether this will place his soul in peril is up for debate).
In a way it's a shame people are limiting themselves to planking in public places because I'm sure there are lots of places for people to plank inside the home. Nevertheless I have heard of people successfully planking in some very risky outdoor spots, such as on top of fences, train seats, the top deck of buses, at the side of a swimming pool, in a bar - apparently the options are endless. Planking in public has no limits.
Anyway all this talk has given me an idea and I'm off to have a very quick plank (I'm not yet sure how long one is supposed to plank before it is considered a complete plank) on the back of the settee, or maybe on the dining table or if I'm feeling very daring, I may plank on the kitchen counter - I promise to clean it before I make dinner. In the meantime, to all those little and large devoted plankers out there - happy and safe planking!