Planking in the 1950s

This old LIFE Magazine photo of students partaking in “phone booth stuffing,” which was all the rage in the 1950s, also foretold the lying down game and later the planking phenomenon that went wildly viral this year. I think it demonstrates how memes, like fashion, are derivative of one another. As a big fan of the documentary format, someone needs to produce a TV series or film on the history of off-line and online fads and memes. In fact, I’d like to see a Ken Burns treatment on this topic (I’m not joking at all). BRB: Creating a Kickstarter campaign to hire Ken Burns.