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Another Fad Stolen From MMA: Planking

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Dan Henderson, top, knocks out Michael Bisping during UFC 100 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker


(Nothing strange about doing this in public. Image courtesy of WhataPlanker.com)

If you haven’t heard of this latest hipster craze, Planking (AKA The Lying Down Game) is when a person lays flat on their back or stomach and stiff as a board in a random location and someone snaps a photo of them. Ingenious, isn’t it?

Anyway, there have been several variations of where “Planking” originated, but really you need look no further than our beloved sport if you want to know the true roots of the fad.



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SmellMyTriangle- July 13, 2011 at 8:16 am
This is some retarded ass-shit. New fads are perpetually getting dumber and dumber in concept.
DangadaDang- July 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm
You guys remember when Tom Green would just do this on a sidewalk as a bit? Those were the days.
Whitey82- July 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm
Paul Williams plank = GREATEST OF ALL TIME
Sloppyspray- July 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm
That "owling" is bullshit and dumb. It's been around for awhile and used to be called Gargoyle or Gargoyling and was usually done by someone after they tap a keg, they would have to be the gargoyle on top of the keg.
Get Off Me- July 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Where's the shot of Mir/Carwin, now that's a plank.
Props to Arlovski for the elusive flying plank against Fedor.
Horsepower- July 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Contraband must have missed one of the other slow news days when CP posted that jake shields video, wasnt clever the first time and certainly isnt now.
Dog Dicks Magoo- July 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Slow news day? I mean really don't write anything at all if you're going to put this bullshit up. What did you do? Wake up this morning eat your usual bowl of thai lady boy dicks and say, "Hey, I think planking is funny (because I'm an idiot)I will use this in a witty joke about people getting knocked out in mma"! Fuck you.
flyingogoplata- July 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Planking isn't new at all. I've been taking pictures of women laying down in random places (well, mostly asleep in their bedrooms)for years...or at least til the police made me stop.
Contraband- July 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cpZzih5j4w&playnext=1&list=PL5F699E99FE3ECD19

here is li nk to jake boob planking tracy lee
Contraband- July 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Jake Shields planked and motor boated Tracy lee there is a video on fightlinker i think
FightZen- July 12, 2011 at 11:54 am
Taco, you sir, are a true innobater.
Fried Taco- July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am
I'm already on to the next fad, masturbating.
ArmFarmer- July 12, 2011 at 11:37 am
Rampage is the only one that's doing it right
via. saku buttspank submission- July 12, 2011 at 11:17 am
As Keith Jardine swims the 200 meter, Houston Alexander flexes his hemroids while Mazzagatti inspects the damage.
DangadaDang- July 12, 2011 at 11:14 am
I give Cro Cop bonus points for that inverted ankleflip mctwist plank.
intercept440- July 12, 2011 at 11:12 am
yep , utterly ridiculous,pointless,I.Q. deficient,Mentally challenged,hipster douchebaggery at its most prolific hieghts...

Kill it with fire already
via. saku buttspank submission- July 12, 2011 at 11:09 am
These dumbasses need to incorporate the the knockout that comes prior to the planking if they want to be true to the roots of the fad. Posers!
Machiavelli- July 12, 2011 at 11:03 am
Chuck didn't initially like to plank. But as you can see from his three planks in a row, he really got into it.
Mike Russell- July 12, 2011 at 10:47 am
Neither was Lawler with Lindland..."You need to straighten out your legs, Matt."
EJayy- July 12, 2011 at 10:39 am
Hendo clearly wasn't satisfied with Bisping's first attempt at planking.
Horsepower- July 12, 2011 at 10:37 am
Gods honest truth.. I have NEVER seen anything so pointless and absolutely stupid before in my life. What the fuck is wrong with these people?
bgoldstein- July 12, 2011 at 10:35 am
Bad news, guys...owling is the new planking:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/toddvanluling/owling-is-the-new-planking

Don't worry, Yves Edwards has this one covered.
http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&s=edwards-yves.jpg
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