THE art of planking is spreading like a virus around the world fuelled by news of a man's fatal seven story plunge from a Brisbane unit block.
In what is thought to be Australia's first planking fatality, Acton Beale, 20, of Kangaroo Point, slipped when he tried to plank on a 5cm wide balcony railing outside his front door.
By 8am this morning the Planking Australia Facebook page had more than 85,000 followers, up from 65,000 last night and growing by the hour. New planking pages were opened in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Norway, while the trend is also attracting a huge amount of interest in the United States.
"I didn't know about planking til I heard the news. This is not a dangerous sport promoting stupidity. It's just a random thing for fun as far as I'm concerned. That death is no different to teens drinking and driving or jumping from the balcony to a pool," Nick Möllers writes.