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Australian Man Dies While 'Planking'

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian police say a man who plunged seven floors to his death from an apartment balcony was participating in "planking."

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  • Planking, increasingly popular in Australia, involves people lying flat on their stomachs in various and sometimes dangerous settings and then posting photographs on the Internet. Queensland state police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett told reporters that the dead man, 20-year old Acton Beale (not pictured), fell from a balcony railing while a friend photographed him before dawn on Sunday in Brisbane city. Beale was previously charged with trespassing over a photograph on the Internet of him planking on the trunk of a police car.