The 8 Most Brutal Planking Fails Anything

The 8 Most Brutal Planking Fails

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Planking has become perhaps 2011's most popular, and most notorious, Internet craze, despite basically consisting of photos of people lying face-down on things. You'd think that, in a post-Double Rainbow world, it'd take more than pictures of people prone on the ground to truly inspire the Internet Meme Machine to its fullest heights. But you'd be wrong.

Planking may look like all the fun of reclining combined with the fun of socializing with your friends before and after reclining. But it can go wrong, SCORCHINGLY WRONG, leading to a variety of increasingly brutal planking fails.

Typically, these planking fails result merely in minor injury or the destruction of a beloved household appliance. But believe it or not, planking has also led to genuine real-world tragedies, such that you would expect a list about them to be more respectful and less jokey. Yet here we are.

So before you go out in search of truly plankable spots and set up your own website to show off, check out some of these brutal planking fails, and maybe think better about the whole thing. Just remember, it's really easy to throw together a F*turama Fry meme submission and still feel like a part of the world of Internet comedy without the whole 'risking potential humiliation and/or death' thing.
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    Hollywood Riot Planking

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    OK, 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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