Sunday, September 1, 2013

Stupidity isn’t Limited to a Single Generation

“As I rapidly approach my 30th birthday, I’m certain of two things. Kids are beyond moronic nowadays and that the Darwin Awards are probably the greatest summation of people’s stupidity. Case in point ‘planking’.” Albert Costill

For those of you not aware of planking, and let me take this minute to congratulate you on avoiding a completely stupid social behavior.  Planking involves lying down, arms at your side, like a “plank” in ridiculous locations. 
And, my dear, planking is so yesterday.  Perhaps contributing to its demise, is that awkward moment when you aren’t sure if a senior is deceased or just planking. Case in point, Huge Heffner, resting up for a supersized Viagra moment, trying out planking or kicked the bucket? Hard call.

Post planking, we went through a quick evolution of behavior, including noting that stop action images can enhance the presentation.

  1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Potter
"It's like planking, but much, much better." 

"The force is strong with this meme."
"Owling requires some skill, and some serious hip flexibility. I tried and I failed and I ripped my shorts."
"This isn't your father's planking."

Mary Poppins-ing
I suppose it was inevitable.
"Ah spring, when a young man's fancy turns to staged photos to post on the internet."  
And whatever else has been attempted.  

Now, if you are thinking you are so superior, “Back in my day, kids knew how to behave!” I have a few reminders for you.  (A pre-planking, planking?)

“Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.” Ben Lindsey

In the 1970’s streaking was popular.
The 1950’s? Phone both packing

And 1920’s? Swallowing live goldfish, flagpole sitting and wing walking. 
Two activities out of three could kill you.  Now that is a perfect fad litmus test. 
Yes, it’s stupid and a waste of time but it is potentially lethal?

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