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Celebrities, social media keep planking popular - TODAYonline

NEW YORK - The viral meme - where participants lie flat and stiff, with nose and belly to the ground, to emulate of all things a wooden plank - has been around for some 25 years. But it seems that celebrities, from Hugh Hefner to the "Juno" star Ellen Page, are increasingly adopting it as a somewhat mystifyingly popular pastime. In recent months, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Chris Brown have posted planking images on their Twitter feeds. (Bieber and Perry both did it on yachts), while Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took planking to a new level on their website, StyleMint, by intercutting images of themselves lying horizontally in scenes from classic Christmas movies like "It's a Wonderful Life." (The Olsen twins also demonstrated the technique of owling, "the act of crouching and staring like an owl", but that's a whole other phenomenon.) Though others have claimed they were ...

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