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Hollywood Riot PlankingOK, in a nutshell...
On July 27th, 2011, a premiere was held in Hollywood for a film called "Electric Daily Carnival Experience." It's a documentary about the annual electronic music festival "The Electric Daisy Carnival." As part of the premiere event, a DJ named Kaskade had planned to do a little of what the kids call "spinning," and then there was going to be an invitation-only afterparty at a nearby club, Supperclub, on Hollywood Blvd.
Kaskade, though, decided to take to what the kids call "The Twitter" and inform the world that he was hosting a 'block party' at Hollywood and Highland, one of the busiest intersections in Los Angeles. And then a lot of people showed up. A lot. Probably too many. And the police responded, in riot gear, and things sort of spiraled out of control, culminating in some vandalism and general civil disobedience.
And what better way to celebrate a riot breaking out during a set by a guy named "Kaskade" than a little old-school LAPD planking? Seriously, in one single generation, American riots went from the Civil Rights Movement to lying down on Hollywood Blvd. in front of cops shooting bean bags because you wanted to hang out and hear a DJ play a bit longer. Yeesh.
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Kitchen Planking FailThis recent planking incident, from July of 2011, reminds us why engaging in planking-style behavior within your own kitchen is kind of a no-no. A woman attempts to plank from her oven to her sink, not remembering that the laws of physics continue to apply, even when one is engaging in online-based hilarity.
After just a few seconds, she comes crashing down - and the oven, unfortunately, crashes down on top of her. Fortunately, it wasn't turned on at that time, or this could have been far more gruesomely tragic. (She smashed up her chin pretty good though). Undeterred, the plankstress felt good enough to give it another go, planking in the other direction, with head/arms on the sink and feet on the oven. Never give up, never surrender!
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Clothesline Planking FailThis is less a planking fail than just a life fail that happens to involve planking. Two women have decided to try their hand at this new Internet planking fad, so one grabs her camera while the other attempts to lead atop a folding laundry hanger. You'll notice I just used the word "folding" right there in my description of the device. That's because it's the piece's most obvious, immediate design feature. It folds. So maybe it's not the best place to suddenly place 100 or so pounds of uncoordinated person.
Before we actually get to see the inevitable tumble, we're also treated to a few moments of severe asshattery as the woman struggles in her attempt to climb on top of this device, never really getting anywhere close to what could actually be considered "planking." So maybe I should have saved this item for the "Most Brutal Leaning Against Unsturdy Things" List. But who knows when I'll get around to that one.
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Moving Car Planking FailAustralians are CRAZY for planking. They love it down there. I guess they don't get DirecTV or what have you.
20-year-old Simon Hallam of The Land Down Under was out drinking with his buddies in New South Wales in May of 2011 when he somehow got the idea he wanted to plank on the roof of a friend's car. While it was in motion. (A similar activity - car surfing - was briefly popular in the 1980s, as depicted in the highly realistic documentary film "Teen Wolf" - until everyone realized they were being really really really stupid.)
Hallam was mercifully not killed when he fell off the moving car's roof, but he was seriously injured. Doctors had to put him in an induced coma so he could begin a long, still-ongoing recovery.
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Police Car Planking FailAdd "Thou Shalt Not Plank on a Police Car" to the list of Planking Commandments. Also, just general life lessons.
The thing is, despite their well-earned reputation for having a great sense of humor about everything, cops don't actually find people planking on their rides all that amusing. Is planking worth getting thrown in the slammer? (Don't answer yet... Picture any scene from HBO's landmark prison series "Oz." OK, now answer.)
The suspect was actually the first person in Australia to be arrested on a "planking-related charge." So she can just wear that one as a badge of courage. Even Corey Worthington gets arrested for more serious stuff than this.
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