Monday, November 21, 2011
What could be more fun than lying face down in a public place and getting your picture taken? When I saw these teenage girls gleefully face planting themselves inside the rental car center at the Kansas City airport last weekend, I was clueless as to what it was all about. My kids, ever embarrassed by their hopelessly outdated mother, informed me that this is known as "planking." And outdated though I may be, my curiosity sent me to Wikipedia to learn that planking:
is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play.
As this thing goes, I suppose it's fairly harmless. What I really don't want to think about, however, is that floor, walked over by thousands of travelers daily, subject to spills and heaven knows what. But maybe it's just me. Shortly after I shot this photo, the mothers of this threesome got down on the floor and had their own pictures taken.