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Planking in Mainland China Receives Netizen Praise & Jeers

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

The “Lying Down Game” is an internet meme that reached mass popularity in 2009 and recently became popular again in the countries of Australia and New Zealand under the name “planking“. It is a game in which photographs of people lying rigidly face down in public areas, hands flat by their sides and toes pointing forward are distributed online through social networking sites like Facebook. Though this game may seem pointless to some, rules of this game do exist by looking at how people play this game; as such, the best “lying down” photos are ones in which they are taken in the most public location possible with the most people involved all acting in as dangerous a manner as possible while lying in the most outlandish positions possible. Controversy first surrounded this game in 2009 when UK hospital staff were suspending for posting planking photos to Facebook, and also earlier this year when a young man from Brisbane, Australia died in an accident involving a planking attempt on a 7th story balcony.

chinaSMACK previously brought you the story of two Taiwanese girls receiving attention and praise from posting planking photos online; now mainland China has its own planking practitioner in the form of “Planking Brother”.

From Mop:

Plonk: A “Planking Brother” suddenly appears in Chengdu, planking wherever he goes

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Planking as performed throughout various locations in Chengdu, China.

Comments from Mop:

蓝色是王子:

Wow, Chengdu also has a “Planking Brother”, very amusing!!!
The second photograph, so high, how did you get up there? Anyone know??

检查菊: (responding to above)

Haven’t you already answered yourself? He climbed up there!! Brother [referring to self] laughs!!!
Some of these are really quite dangerous!!! Don’t fall down!!!

grazyenglish:

Not as stupefying/amusing as the MM [likely referring to the Taiwanese planking girls]
Because it is a brother [male], Since he is a brother/man, he has the passionate blood of a brother/man.

心若入戏:

Post more pictures of pretty girls planking!!!

li2035xuelang:

Stupid/pointless.

爱情老狼:

Seeing these pictures makes brother [referring to self] laugh!!!
Not bad, post some more!!! This guys, they’re a little crazy/stupid/silly.

wooisee:

How about showing a little dash of creativity? The Taiwanese girls also didn’t completely copy what the Japanese [girl, referring to the Tokyo floating girl] did. Is your head so stuffed with shit that you are unable to come up with anything remotely new? I predict this isn’t going to become hot/popular.

稀饭_me:

Who or what is “Planking Girls” [referring to Taiwanese planking girls]? Why are they doing this? I honestly don’t understand.

碎_片:

Quite dangerous, but it feels +_+. It’s better when its girls [doing the planking].

X竖起中指X:

If you have the guts, plank over/in a latrine pit.

超级蠢女:

“Planking Brother”, [this is for you:]

Animated heart gif

蜡笔川子:

The one on the pool/billiards table, that doesn’t fit the title [of the post], you don’t recognize a girl when you see one?

万恶的剥削者:

Might as well just die [instead of doing this nonsense].

片帆远影:

Just what ball-aching significance/meaning does this ball-aching performance art have? Someone please tell me.

潮州小白菜:

The skill involved here is not bad, too bad the brain is too stupid [meaning the skill is wasted on a stupid pointless activity].

英明神武大大哥:

Well-planked.

羔羊怒吼:

NB.

大只鸟鸟:

Ha ha!!!!!!!!!

按下JJ潜水:

When life is uninteresting, one must find some amusement for themselves.

hongshaorou_love:

Faint, let’s have one where you put your head underneath a car…

忍影忧枫:

….it’s becoming a little overdone now.

师妹别装纯:

Without a trace of creativity!!!!!!!

Foxcrot:

…..looks like something just removed from the freezer.

四座山头:

[Someone] with nothing better to do.

Xiang622848:

So funny!!! These kids [nowadays]!!!

风行一:

Fuck, I just knew when this came out that somebody would end up imitating it. You don’t fucking have any individual creativity at all, always “running behind others’ asses” [following, copying others]?

Plank me. Personals @ chinaSMACK.

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