Owl and Plank – Idaho Style
Planking, the act of lying face down on or across ordinary objects with hands touching the sides of the body, has been around since 2000, and maybe longer. The rules of the game are simple: Find an object to get horizontal on, document your position with a picture, and slap it on the internet for all to see.
Since its inception, doing the plank and owl (a variant of the plank in which a person squats like an owl) has been growing in popularity all over the world.
Why? Because it’s different, a little bit crazy, and a surprisingly fun, even if it is for just a few minutes. Planking and owling, for the most part legal and harmless, give people the chance to go against the norm, be a little bit defiant, and a whole lot spontaneous. There are some objects that are planking and owling no-no’s, like the top of a police car, for example, but apart from that, nothing is sacred to planking – signs, stairs, horses, boats, or in our case, a barbecue in the shape of a revolver.
But it’s not for everyone, because it definitely attracts attention. My son hid behind the building when our picture was taken because, “Mom! Everyone’s gonna see!”
Yeah? Well now everyone in our town will get to see the owl and plank in action. I had no idea that lying prone on a revolver barbecue with my friend mimicking an owl on the hammer – on the corner of a busy street, no less – would be such a hoot! (Pun intended.) Yeah, exhibitionists at heart.
Anyone can do it, but the group that impresses me the most are the women of Moms Who Owl and Plank. With everything these women have to do during their long days and short nights, they never lose sight of cutting loose and having fun.
So what are you waiting for? The weekend is almost here. Grab your camera or phone, find the most unique place to plank or owl, and submit your picture to any of the planking sites on Facebook or YouTube it!
Have you ever tried to plank? How about the owl? What do you think about it? Fad or here to stay? Leave me a comment, because I’d love to know!
Posted on August 12, 2011, in Planking and tagged barbecue, Diana Murdock, Diana Murdock's blog, Facebook, moms who owl and plank, owl, plank, planking, revolver, vending machine, youtube. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.