Wednesday, June 22, 2011

RIP 'planking': Internet craze officially dead after Gordon Ramsay tries his hand at the latest online fad


What a plank: Gordon Ramsay posted up a picture on his Twitter of himself trying out the latest internet craze of planking

Along with Rick Rolling, LOLCats and recreating classic album covers, it was fun while it lasted.

But the death knell has officially been sounded for the latest online fashion for 'planking' after celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, 44, posted up photos of himself playing out the prank.

He posted up a picture of himself on Twitter trying his hand at the latest cyberspace craze on the back of a boat as he headed out from Newport Beach, California, for a spot of Father's Day fishing in the Pacific.

Navy lark: The celebrity chef was stirring up trouble onboard as he joked around and pretended to throw a pal overboard

It wasn't the only larking around the father-of-four did either in true 'embarrassing dad' fashion.

At one point, he pretended to try and throw a friend overboard, and he came back completely sunburnt.

He wrote: 'Catch of the day ! Lobster three ways !!! Face, Neck, Ears , burning like hell I used. X Factor 50 !'

All at sea: Despite slapping on the Factor 50, Gordon's skin was nicely roasted when he arrived back from his Father's Day fishing trip

Reel-y good time: The sweary chef had gone for a day's deep sea fishing in the Pacific

Perhaps he should stick to what he is undeniably amazing at - cooking.

For the uninitiated, planking sees people lying stretched out flat in the most unlikely of public places, then sharing their poses on social media sites like Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.

Aficionados - generally youngsters - are required to lie expressionless with a straight body, hands by their sides with toes pointing into the ground.

The phenomenon caused alarm last month when an Australian practitioner was killed trying it on a balcony in Brisbane, but falling to his death instead.

Pondering the deep: What is Gordon contemplating for his next online-inspired shenanigans? Posting up a video of himself singing Rick Astley's never Gonna Give You Up?

Setting sail: The Michelin-starred gourmand was joined by friends for his skin-frying voyage to catch supper

The victim, a man in his 20s, fell while a friend photographed him, according to police.

However, the fact that craggy-faced chef Ramsay thinks the practice is now cool is more likely to put youngsters off trying it than anything.

According to the BBC, two groups claim to have invented the prank, either in Somerset in 2000 as the 'lying down game' which went online in 2007, or in South Australia the year after where it became known as planking.

Both groups have rival Facebook sites boasting more than 100,000 fans - but maybe a few less after people see the swearing celebrity chef at it....

source : dailymail

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