Dwight Howard planking

Dwight Howard planking

Over the past weeks, a new craze has swept the country, called “planking” aka the “lying down game.”

Apparently, it has been a fad in the UK and overseas for a few years, but has since spread and become the hottest thing around here in the States over the past few weeks.

Here’s the rundown (courtesy of Wikipedia):

The lying down game (also known as planking, or face downs) is an activity, popular in various parts of the world, consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The location should also be as public as possible, and as many people as possible should be involved.

The game has been trending on Twitter with pics of people laying down everywhere, as well as on Facebook. It’s such a sensation that even celebrities are taking part.

In the photo above, NBA superstar Dwight Howard is seen planking at a fast food restaurant, and in the photos below other stars “planking” include actress Rosario Dawson (who did it during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”), rapper Slim Thug, NBA star Gilbert Arenas, Flavor Flav, “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, Joe Budden, Kristen Bell, and the list goes on and on, and on.

Are you planking?