FutureFive NZ - Notable planking incidents

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Notable planking incidents


  • The game made news in September 2009, when seven doctors and nurses working at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, England were suspended for playing the lying down game while on duty.

  • On 13 May 2011, a 20-year-old man from Gladstone in central Queensland was charged for allegedly planking on a police vehicle.

  • On 15 May 2011, Acton Beale, a 20-year-old man, plunged to his death after reportedly planking on a seventh-floor balcony in Brisbane, Australia.

  • On 29 May 2011, Max Key, son of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, uploaded a photograph to Facebook of himself planking on a lounge suite, his father standing behind him. After the photograph was reproduced on the front page of the New Zealand Herald two days later, the Prime Minister’s office initially declined comment, but later that day, confirming that the photograph was indeed genuine, Mr. Key remarked that he doesn’t see anything wrong with planking when done safely, and that it was he who had actually introduced Max to planking in the first place, having seen a video of the phenomenon on YouTube.

  • On 2 August 2011, Anna Sophia Berglund (Playboy Miss January 2011 and then girlfriend of Hugh Hefner) posted a tweet that read, "I got Hef to plank! @playboy” and included a link to a photo of Hefner planking on a table in what appears to be a meeting room at the Playboy Mansion.



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