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Planking craze excites NE city

2011-06-01 08:48:51 GMT2011-06-01 16:48:51(Beijing Time)  China Daily

A man planks on a trash can in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, May 31, 2011.[Photo/CFP]

A man planks on a fire-fighting equipment box in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, May 31, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

A man lies down on rails at a roadside in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, May 31, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

Two men plank on stairs in a building in Shenyang, May 31, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

A man planks on the edge of a flower bed in Shenyang, May 31, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

A man planks on the edge of a flower bed in Shenyang, May 31, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

Planking, or the lying down game, is an activity where a participant lies face down in an unusual or incongruous spot, such as atop a washing machine, a sign or a railing, with both hands touching the sides of their body.

An integral part of the game is having a photo taken and posted on the Internet. "The game can relieve pressure and relax one's body," said one planker.

A planking prank in Australia resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man, who fell from a seventh-floor balcony, and advocates of the game urge participants to be smart but creative in their choice of planking spot.

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