Planking might have met its match with Batmanning: holding a pose that pays homage to the Caped Crusader, or at least to the nocturnal mammals that inspired him.
Like planking, Batmanning involves suspending oneself rigidly in an awkward or funny location, but Batmanning is done (of course) upside down. The stunt might just be the next big meme, as performed to the Batman theme song in the video below.
It’s not the first time a new pose has been offered up to replace the contagious trend that, earlier this year, had Twitter aflutter with photos of people lying facedown in odd places, such as on newspaper stands, in the office or on the red carpet. Owling (perching owl-like on elevated surfaces) seems to have phased out quickly, and horsemanning (an awesome pose, reportedly originating in the 1920s, that mimics beheading and is often spelled as “horsemaning”) has yet to catch on in the mainstream.
So far, planking is the unrivaled viral success, attracting the likes of Lady Gaga, actress Ellen Page and even “Star Trek” writers Robert Orci and Damon Lindelof, who planked in front of Han Solo, frozen in carbonite. Lindelof tweeted, “If planking isn’t the greatest single thing the human mind has ever conceived, I don’t know what is.”
Well, Damon, maybe it’s Batmanning.
– Noelene Clark
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