Tom Green at the roots of ‘planking craze’

Gavin St. Ours, Flickr
Gavin St. Ours, Flickr

The phenomenon of ‘planking’ (the act of lying face down in public places with your arms at your sides) has people wondering where this craze originated from.

While rapper Xzibit has his own thoughts on where planking started, others are pointing their fingers squarely at Canadian comedian Tom Green.

Green is well known for his crazy practical jokes and recently posted a video on his website of himself planking back in 1994.

Tom said that the stunt was meant to test people’s reactions to seeing someone lying on the sidewalk.  When Green learned about planking he pointed out his work from 1994, showing us that he was way ahead of his time. He said;

“It’s very fun for me to see people taking something that is so specific and so absurd and really so non-aggressive. It’s interesting that something like that would catch on.”

Although planking may seem mostly harmless, be careful where you decide to plank because you could end up in trouble.  In May, a man was charged after he was found planking on a police car in Australia.

Check out the video of Tom Green planking in 1994 below.


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