November 1, 2018 | Susan Napier-Sewell

How far away is death?

Planking (also known as the lying down game) for awhile was the latest craze in Armenia. The Armenian Planking Federation had a Facebook page where anyone could post photos of themselves lying face down in unusual locations and, as per the description on the Facebook page, “in the most idiotic and uncomfortable place[s].”


The term “planking” appears to originate from Australia. In other parts of the world, it’s known as “playing dead” (South Korea), à plat ventre (“on one’s belly” in France), “extreme lying down” (Australasia), and “facedowns” (US and Ireland).

Skim through a thumbnail rundown of the planking fad here.

How Far Away Is Death?
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