Planking Is So Two Weeks Ago…Try Owling…Hillary Duff Does It! [Photography]

Posted: July 21, 2011 in News
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The sad truth for ridiculous Web memes is that they have remarkably poor shelf lives. So, farewell planking.

Hello, owling.

Deciding that striking a “light as a feather, stiff as a board” pose in public, photographing it and posting it on the Web is old news, some Internet denizens have moved on.

Now, it’s all about squatting, arms pressed toward the ground and eyes locked in a wise, faraway gaze. You know … like an owl.

If it all seems sort of ludicrous, well, that’s kind of the point.

(picture above is of Hillary duff owling)(Actress Hilary Duff became the celebrity world’s leading owler on Saturday with this photo on Twitter.)

“Owling is actually more of an indication of how big planking is,” said Ben Huh, founder of the Cheezburger Network of sites and blogs, which focus largely on Internet humor and memes.

“Planking is kind of like the Rebecca Black of Internet memes,” he said, referring to the “Friday” pop singer. “So many people think it’s so stupid — but they’re watching it and they’re parodying it.”

According to the network’s Know Your Meme blog, owling was first documented July 11 in a post on Web-sharing site Reddit. It featured a “demotivational”-style poster of a woman “owling” with the text: “Owling: Because Planking Is So Two Months Ago.”

“Owling is what we call a ‘forced meme,’ ” Huh said. “It’s the idea that we’re going to try to make something happen in reaction to something else.”

Actress Hilary Duff became the celebrity world’s leading owler on Saturday with this photo on Twitter.

Planking, at times called the Lying Down Game, became popular in the United Kingdom last year and picked up popularity worldwide this spring. (Tragically, much of the attention came after May 15, when a 20-year-old Australian man died attempting the stunt on a seven-story building.)

For The Entire Story Check It Out Here –> Forget planking — who’s up for owling?

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