May 15, 2011 6:34 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Man dies after "planking" on Australian building

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Australian police say a man who
plunged seven floors to his death from an apartment balcony was
participating in the Internet craze of "planking."

Planking, increasingly popular in Australia, involves people
lying flat on their stomachs in various and sometimes dangerous
settings and then posting photographs on the Internet.

Queensland state police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett told
reporters that the dead man, aged in his 20s, fell from a balcony
railing while a friend photographed him before dawn on Sunday in
Brisbane city.

The man's name has not been released pending notification of his
family. He was previously charged with trespassing over a
photograph on the Internet of him planking on the trunk of a police

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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