Thursday, 19 May 2011


For those of you that don't know Algernon, he is A Library Gorilla. He often promotes books you may be interested in at JCU libraries. So, a sensible chap you would assume... well it seems that Algernon finally heard about this planking craze that's taken the world by storm (or so we are told). We don't know who he got to photograph this stunt but I suppose he has fulfilled a central requirement of planking now, by getting the picture on the internet.

If you are late to the party and don't know what planking is, it is a media beat-up about a silly game that people play by laying down flat on an unusual surface or in an unusual place and then posting the picture on the internet. It has caught the imagination of the Australian media in particular who report on the possible dangerous elements of this game - when planking is attempted in too precarious a position, and then seem surprised that this seems to encourage more people to try it. Your sensible librarians would never participate in such a foolish game. Algernon however is rather a law unto himself.

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