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'Pub peab' goes viral -- the Thai twist on planking
Forget planking, this is the latest Facebook craze
Unfortunately for those who were hoping Australia's 'planking' fad would go unnoticed here in Thailand, the country has embraced the bizarre trend with unbridled enthusiasm.
So much so that hundreds of thousands of Thais are now supporting an alternative to the 'plank.'
Planking involves lying face down in an unusual or awkward location. The planker’s hands must touch the sides of their body. Plankers then post photos of themselves 'planking' on the Internet.
Last week, a group in Thailand launched an alternate Facebook campaign to promote the traditional pose known as “pub peab,” which involves sitting in a kneeling position.
The pose is mostly used in formal settings like weddings or to pay respect to monks or Buddha images, though images on the Pub Peab Facebook page show people sitting with their knees tucked beneath them in all sorts of awkward places.
Not everyone is thrilled with the craze. Religious officials have expressed disappointment at one viral photo of a monk pulling off a plank, with one university assistant rector even offering a reward to those who could identify him, so that he could be punished.
The trend has come under fire in Australia as well, where a 20-year-old man recently died after falling from a seventh-story balcony while believed to have been planking.