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Are You “Planking”? Third Mainland Bridge Planking, Celebrities Planking + More Madness



Term Definition
Planking is a game where the participant lies face down in unusual locations, keeping the hands along the body and the feet outstretched. When this plank-like position is achieved, a photo is taken and then posted to the Internet. People have been photographed planking in difficult positions and exotic locations.

Planking is also known as the lying down game.

Techopedia Says
Like many internet memes, the origin of planking is hotly disputed. The term planking was popularized in Australia in 2011, but the actual fad may trace its roots to England. Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon are believed to have started it as the lying down game. Since spreading over the Internet through social networks, people have taken planking to amusing and sometimes dangerous extremes. A few outlandish examples of planking include the Taj Mahal, an aircraft engine and the Lincoln Memorial.

Planking came to the attention of the mainstream media when an Australian man died after apparently attempting to plank off of a seventh story balcony in 2011.
Source: Technopedia

The Black Urban Times has drawn inferences between planking and practices related to slavery – click to read more

Planking in Nigeria

Third Mainland Bridge Planking by @lagoshunterPlease DO NOT try this!



Funke Akindele



Naija Planking

International Celebs Planking

Chris Brown

The Game


Nick Cannon

Flavor Flav



It’s quite silly but seems to be fun EXCEPT the extreme planking! Please do not put yourself in a dangerous situation.


  1. I am Legend

    July 8, 2011 at 12:59 am

    awa insomniacs! I still think planking is really silly!

    • nivlek_000

      July 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Exactly! nd im n’t impressed that Nigerians r even partaking of it, thought we r all smrter than to lay down in random places, take photos, then get excited abt it…. SMH

  2. El Bee

    July 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

    OMG!! This has gotten to naij too?! SMH!

  3. ayo

    July 8, 2011 at 1:04 am

    lmao wow, its crazy but i luv it when i see people do it……..

  4. RiRi

    July 8, 2011 at 1:06 am

    really? seriously? its all fun and all for now but how about you put posts on the history of planking so that other Bella Naija readers can be more educated about it. check link below —–>

    • CC

      July 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Sorry, saying that planking has its roots in slavery, is just as silly and misguided as planking itself. It does not. This planking craze is more closely related to the yoga pose than anything else, I know it’s the position my plank takes when I just don’t feel like engaging my abs and all that other crap the instructor says.

  5. Spicytee

    July 8, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Pure madness…. So mad… I just pray someone wont get into trouble with this in Naija. Cos we always do things to the extreme.

  6. jennietobbie

    July 8, 2011 at 1:14 am

    stupid fad! Naija Naija Naija….thatisall

  7. krys

    July 8, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Its old and dangerous i just hope more people don’t die from it

  8. C.ASE21

    July 8, 2011 at 1:31 am

    So where is the fun in this? the pictures all look silly to me

  9. iDrawWithLight

    July 8, 2011 at 2:01 am

    It’s amazing how widespread planking has become! Shows a lot for the power of social media and silly trends. But as silly as it is, some are pretty creative and hilarious. The act itself is incomprehensible lol. No idea of its origin either.

  10. Williams

    July 8, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Its funny though but it wld be more interesting if this pics where shown on tv

  11. e-bukun

    July 8, 2011 at 2:10 am

    didn’t some dude die from planking over a balcony or something? this stuff is dumb…..well at least we know who’s bored

  12. Ms Tee

    July 8, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Planking ko planking ni… they are all plonkers. lol. Some of them really use their imagination though but trust my naija brethren to join the band wagon.

  13. tyrasbf

    July 8, 2011 at 3:07 am

    quite dangerous if u ask me..naija ppz overdo stuff o..shuldnt b encouraged….SMH

  14. FAKE

    July 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

    watch this funny clip by paul mooney jnr

  15. bukky

    July 8, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Planking is funny if done in a safe environment.Dr. Sid is DUMB and really stupid for putting his life in jeopardy over a silly game.How can he plank from a balcony

    • dante

      July 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      I second your thoughts. I mean if young kids see this, what kind of kind of example is dr sid who’s meant to be a role model showing?

  16. Uju G

    July 8, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Hahahaaha … seems like fun .. can actually see myself doing this .. not the extreme ones though … actually i do this almost everynight — planking on my bed …lol.. 🙂

  17. dipzero

    July 8, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Bellanaija, that 3rd Mainland bridge planking photo is of a guy known as @Lagoshunter on twittter. Almost all your anonymous photos circulated on Ttwitter with the identities of the plankers.
    Be proffessional & give credit when you use other peopleks material.


      July 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      We make it a major point to always credit photos. Unfortunately, in cases like this, photos go viral and it is difficult to ascertain the original source. @Lagoshunter has been credited for his daring plank

  18. Nwunye

    July 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Third Mainland Bridge planking gave me the willies! Isn’t that just begging for someone to climb over you in the dark? If you died from that how on earth would your obituary be written? ‘Died from being a total planker’?

    • Zee

      July 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

      hehehe…that was funny

  19. jaybee

    July 8, 2011 at 7:44 am

    rubbish,we like to copy every damn thing

  20. royalhottie

    July 8, 2011 at 8:26 am

    pure nonsense. what if they hurt themselves in the process? it would turn to plunking eh?

  21. ij

    July 8, 2011 at 8:32 am

    very wrong on so many levels, there is the tendency for it to get out of hand and the fact that its even endorsed by bleeding celebrities is just appalling . The headstone of anyone who dies from this silly activity should read he /she was loved by many but was very very stupid.

  22. wendy Chima-Chima

    July 8, 2011 at 8:39 am


  23. Choco Latte

    July 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Gawsh! Planking is all kinds of silly… Although I can’t even lie, some of the pictures I’ve seen were hilarious!!!

  24. kami

    July 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

    seriously do we have to copy everything???

  25. BeautyFULL

    July 8, 2011 at 8:58 am

    @RiRi,I’ve checked the link but did U̶̲̥̅̊ even read the comments?Its just conspiracy theory

  26. moi

    July 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Plank kini? this is plain stupidity. smhweeeeeeeeeeeeeew

  27. Sunny mehta

    July 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

    it’s really cool

  28. ugowoundo

    July 8, 2011 at 9:03 am

    …i wouldn’t mind planking in between TWO LADIES….i’ve always loved a threesome!!!….i’m just saying.

  29. Biodun

    July 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

    OMG! They’ve been possessed by aliens i tell ya! aliens!!!!

  30. sandra

    July 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

    funke akindele planking is soo sulia-ish

  31. Mufu Olajide

    July 8, 2011 at 9:19 am

    The only person more retarded than a planker is the fool who finds it amusing…the world is truly getting dafter….*long, malicious hiss

    • DQ

      July 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Hahaha *thumbs up*

  32. mii

    July 8, 2011 at 9:29 am

    lmao u go fear naw

  33. tmtmtmte

    July 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

    This planking craze is d stupidest I have heard in a while! See how fast stupid things spread, d thing is now a fad! ( Eyes rolling)
    The ony place imma be planking is on my bed, yeah!

  34. Tyna

    July 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Na Wao! dis thing don reach niaja …… wht is d meaning of dis …………

  35. Tope

    July 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

    buahahaha @ funke akindele on the bag of rice….that woman is such a trip….i love her!!!!

  36. angel eyes

    July 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

    this is really stupid, n did i hear someone say its fun? its looks kinda demonic to me #just my opinion though# n i trust my naija peeps, na our go plenty pass

  37. luvbogg

    July 8, 2011 at 10:26 am


  38. Tiki

    July 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Will someone please explain to me how this is fun?

  39. meena

    July 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

    the whole planking thing is stupid, ridiculous and meaningless!

  40. Timma

    July 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

    So this is the so called planking, hmmm? so sorry, I think its just plain stupid and I will be careful not to open this where my kids will see them before they get the wrong idea.

  41. Disappointed

    July 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Why is it that Nigerians always have to follow fashion, this is such a dangerous and senseless fad, I’m shocked at the supposed “role models” that are even doing this nonsense. Surely by now celebrities know that whatever the youth see them doing, they will do. People have died from this obvious lack of time (don’t have anything better to do) “game”. What ever happened to monopoly or scrabble, things that enlighten the mind. *SMH*

  42. cathy

    July 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

    planking madness, na wa o

  43. Nancy

    July 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Some mothers do hav’em.

  44. tope

    July 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    what is this planking all about pls my people stop this,this is not pinging.

  45. Didi Agege

    July 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    A very juvenile and un-imaginative/value-adding game (I think prank is more apt here). I dunno why BN is discussing this trend here, as gullible trend followers could endanger themselves in a bid to “plank”!

  46. mma

    July 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you RIRI for educating us because in Naija we just copy without knowing the roots of something. Just like wearing jeans or pants dragging to the point they are your knees(the incacerated dress code) African American should be ashamed of themselfs for promoting or participaing in this slavery originated stance msheww

  47. cutie

    July 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    This is so crazy and surely ridiculous, when will we ever think things through before we pick it up ?

  48. kemmy

    July 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    funke akindele..lmao

  49. Jess

    July 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    But this thing is not even kinda funny though. Then again I don’t think it’s fair that people are saying “Nigerians copy everything” From what I read it started in Australia and people in America are doing it and no one is talking smack about them copying, so let people be. Everyone is their own individual and can do as they please regardless of where they are from. Meanwhile I would have stepped on homegirl on the escalator seeing as she decided to become one with it. Smh silliest and most disgo one IMO.

  50. Aibee

    July 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Oh dear! People, can we just lighten up. The whole aim of planking is that it be done in an incongruous and possibly unsafe location and the pictures must be shared via online media for public viewing. It’s kind of like an adrenaline rush for some. Just like bungee jumping or sky diving. That said, we all need to be careful about our safety, whether you plank or not. Remember this is Naija where emergency services, especially of the medical sort, are virtually non existent.
    To ba lo plank ni d wrong place, wa a ko para e danu ni fun awon to ni e. (thats Yoruba by the way!)

  51. helen

    July 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Na people wey done chop go dey plank…..crazy!!!

  52. peggy sue

    July 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Dis thing is so stupid! wat is dis world turning 2??? anything nowadays bcomes popular.. i think d world left its sense bck in the 90’s!! we nid 2 go back n get it!

  53. Toyin

    July 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Funke Akindele has the funniest – Jennifer on Patrol

  54. ynow

    July 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Planking*in latin means worshipn d devil in a parallel manner!Its not everything ppl do dt ya’l shd do!Re-search n be sure bot it!

  55. ynow

    July 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Planking*in latin means worshipn d devil in a parallel manner!Its not everything ppl do dt ya’l shd do!Re-search n be sure bot it! ///ignorance is not bliss

  56. Jons

    July 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Cant believe this madness has finally entered Nigeria. Someone died of it few months back, in Australia and their govt. had to step in to stop the madness. If you should ‘plank’, you better watch it.

  57. xxx

    July 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Idiotas! Funke looks the dumbest.

  58. Lynn

    July 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Honestly…dis is funny but stupid. As you plank pls play safe cos Nigerians copy but uusually dont copy well so pls “third mainland bridge” u’re on ur own and escalators planking (smh) cos if u try it in naija (maybe the galleria)…remember dt escalators cant be trusted as one in China went in reverse killing people. So, pls plank with wisdom…dont think i’m ever gon’ try it, jst not happpening.

  59. Ugo

    July 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Who are these ppl sharing rumors about planking being about slavery. It is NOT. That’s a conspiracy theory.

  60. Ugo

    July 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    @ynow Where did you get this info that planking means devil worship? It doesn’t. You do some research before spreading rumors.

  61. carter

    July 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm


  62. konnie

    July 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    while it appears amusing , when a few more people have bad accidents or plain die from it, (I hope not) the stupidity will hopefully stop
    Idiocy doing it on the balcony, street, escalator? ridiculous but I won’t cry 4 argentina

  63. Cutie Toxie

    July 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Dr. Sid… 🙁 Why? that’s very risky now.

  64. zegzy

    July 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Planking is fun if done in a creative, safe manner (like Funke Akindele). We have to remember that someone died recently from planking so Dr. Sid take note because the wind could have blown and ur body would have hit the ground in pieces.

  65. Molly

    July 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm


  66. Nkiru

    July 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    simply funny…but nice so long we re careful

  67. Bee

    July 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    and d way i was hearing abt d whole stuff on twitter made it luk like it was one fabulous tin! My dear, thr’s rili no fun in dis…trust naija wit madness, some1’s already on third mainland bridge…d next person wld be on Olumo Rock planking too…mtchewwww

  68. MelonX

    July 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Admit it…Usher’s kids planking, now that is really adorable. 🙂

  69. mzdiva

    July 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I heard that this planking was originally for slaves. The planking position was used with blacks so the whites could beat them for entertainment. Very dangerous!!

  70. mzdiva

    July 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Yet again! Nigerians are following western world trends, Blackberries what else ?

  71. ugo

    July 9, 2011 at 2:27 am

    okay, so after reading this post, i thought maybe there really IS something to this planking that i don’t really know about. i’m all for an open mind and new experiences. so i close down my google chrome, go to my living room and i “plank” ontop of the cushion… and i wait, nothing happens.”no, i say… something higher, and harder, ugo”… so i proceed to the higher table. i manage to climb on top of it, and i “plank”. then i wait for it. nothing. a while longer, still nothing. i get down from the table, having successfully “planked” hoping to now see my world in 4-Dimensions, but to my consternation, no, everything is still the same as it was before… in my puzzlement, i come back to where i left my laptop, and it too is just as it was before i “planked”. so im having issues now coming to terms with the fact that my planking experience has not affected my life in even the least way possible. so in light of this new and uncomfortable revelation, i would ask the more enlightened, “WHY THE HECK DO PEOPLE PLANK????”

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  73. Monblaze

    July 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    My friend recently did “Planking lori Transformer #Jor Oh”, i dont have the links to the pics tho….

  74. deebaby

    July 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    i will quote Aibee…’Remember this is Naija where emergency services, especially of the medical sort, are virtually non existent’
    i will say therefore: to before plank is to before warned…pple b careful 🙂

  75. @plankingisfromHELL

    July 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    The world is coming to an end, wot on earth r they doing to them selves? Stupidity is the new cool, mschew!!!!!!

  76. mee2

    July 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    oh God! its so painful to watch.

  77. Tola

    July 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    ok i have to admit that im starting to see the humor in this stuff! 🙂

  78. tee

    July 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

    this is just plain demonic!

  79. miss b

    July 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    RELAXXXXX people, its fun!

  80. Sharo

    July 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Planking, stupid, idiotic and moronic. Try planking inside a coffin and God save you the apprentice or the grave digger nail the lid, Plankers!


    July 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    these folks are DUMB.

  82. Zenny

    July 11, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Real madnesss

  83. honeybee

    July 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    So how come no one planked across a gutter??

  84. AdaAda

    July 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Some of these planking look fake lol

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