16 May '11, 4am

Police caution as 'planking' goes global

SYDNEY - IS IT worth life in a wheelchair to take a funny photo to impress somebody you don't know on the Internet? This is the question police in Australia have posed after a man died on Sunday taking part in the latest craze going viral on the Internet - 'planking'. Acton Beale, 20, plunged to his death after positioning himself for a picture on a balcony railing seven floors up in Brisbane after a night out drinking. He was a 'planker', a fast-growing group of people who lie flat on their stomachs with their arms against their bodies - to resemble a plank - in unusual and sometimes dangerous situations. Photographs of their exploits are then shared through social media sites. Little-known until last week when a man was charged with planking on a police car, the Planking Australia Facebook page has seen its number of fans soar from under 10,000 four days ago to almost 10...

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