Planking Internet Craze Phenomenon Turns Deadly In Australia…Acton Beale, 20,Falls 7 Floors To His Death!
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)
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)
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.
“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’ 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.
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.
Was it worth it?…(Source)
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.
But given the very finality of the consequences of failing to perform a perfect ‘planking’ stunt, from high above,…
…we can only consider ones death from participating in such behavior as a form of natural selection.