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Planking Internet Craze Phenomenon Turns Deadly In Australia…Acton Beale, 20,Falls 7 Floors To His Death!

…Here’s a fad that I know not too many brothers will get involved in…Planking!!!(Planking Australia)

Sexy Planking..dangerous internet fad turns deadly!!!!

Sexy Planking..dangerous internet fad turns deadly!!!!

Australian police say that Acton Beale, 20, fell to his death from his seventh story balcony railing  after “planking”on it and posing for a picture to post on the internet, after he lost his balance, and subsequently lost his life.(Source)

Acton Beale,20, died while planking from a 7-story balcony in Australia...

Acton Beale,20, died while planking from a 7-story balcony in Australia...

Witnesses are reporting that Acton was trying to lay face down on the balcony railing of his apartment,trying to pull off a perfect ‘planking’ pose ,when he suddenly fell.(ABC)

Planking Australia

Planking Australia

(Planking Australia Facebook Page)

Paramedics tried desperately to revive the young ‘planker’, to no avail, and Acton succumbed to his massive wounds sustained in the sudden seven story plunge.(Source)

Planking from a high balcony could lead to sudden death, like what happened to Acton Beale...

Planking from a high balcony could lead to sudden death, like what happened to Acton Beale...

Following the news of the death,  Australia’s Prime Minister has called for plankers to consider safety.

“There’s a difference between a harmless bit of fun done somewhere that’s really safe and taking a risk with your life,” Julia Gillard told reporters on Sunday.

Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard comes out against 'planking'...

Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard comes out against 'planking'...

(Australian Prime Minister’s Website)

“Everybody likes a bit of fun, but focus has to be on keeping yourself safe first.”(Source)

‘Planking’ is a growing internet craze that is attracting thousands of participants, by encouraging them to join groups, and post pictures of their most bizarre, and daring “planking” pictures on the popular internet social networking sites.(Planking Photos)

(Planking Craze website)

‘Planking’ originally was known as the ‘lying down game’, involves a person  being photographed lying face down in a public or outlandish place.Planking is the action of lying face down with arms to the sides of the body, in unusual public spaces and photographing it.(Wiki)

As with most stunts that require ‘one upsmanship”,the more dangerous the location to go planking, the more respect you will get as a planker.

Perth Morning show planking

Perth Morning show planking

Unfortunetly for victim Acton Beale, he has to deal with the down side of failing to pull off such a dangerous and extreme stunt such as this, and there is no ‘do-over’ available for him, he is just deceased.

…that’s what falling face flat seven stories to the ground can get you…certain death.

Sam Newman 'planking' off the balcony of a 40 story building in Queensland,Australia

Sam Newman 'planking' off the balcony of a 40 story building in Queensland,Australia

Was it worth it?…(Source)

Is planking a form of natural selection?

Is planking a form of natural selection?

I don’t know what the attraction is to ‘planking’, does not seem like there is any money in it, so it must be some form of fun and entertainment for those who enjoy it, I can not judge people.

Sign planking

Sign planking

But given the very finality of the consequences of failing to perform a perfect ‘planking’ stunt, from high above,…

Girl Planking  spread out on cars....

Girl Planking spread out on cars....

…we can only consider ones death from participating in such behavior as a form of natural selection.

One Response to “Planking Internet Craze Phenomenon Turns Deadly In Australia…Acton Beale, 20,Falls 7 Floors To His Death!”

  1. […] (Read about dead planker Acton Beale)  Acton Beale fell from the 7th floor of this building while planking […]


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