owling (Internet meme): “to crouch in unusual places, with a blank stare… looking just like an owl“.
If you want to do something dumb and pointless and planking no longer works for you… here’s something that may do the trick: Owling! For this hot new Internet
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Owling is not the same thing as Squatting
For those of you who readily assume that Owling is nothing new, because it’s essentially the same as squatting: you’re wrong. There are some subtle, but fundamental distinctions between owling and plain old crouching. If you are serious about getting into owling, your posture should adhere to a number of conventions.
1) it’s only owling if you’re crouching down in unlikely places
2) your arms should be slightly bent and spread down along your body, as if they were wings
3) you must adopt the most profoundly vacant stare you can possibly muster
4) tilt your head slightly for extra owling coolness points
5) it’s only proper owling if you get a picture taken and spread it over the Internet
6) don’t just crouch like an owl. Feel the owl inside. Be your best owl.
Who invented Owling, anyway?
There’s not a clear consensus on who invented owling, although the first time this phenomenon drew public attention in a big way was around July 2011. At the time, the people were thirsty for an alternative to planking. An unknown visionary read clearly into the yearning of the crowds, and conjured the following motivational poster, that was cast into the spotlight after getting popular in the social media website Reddit:
It has also been pointed out that owling may have been invented as early as in 1994, curiously in direct sequence to the inception of planking. This possibility is up for debate though, and you are encouraged to draw your own conclusions.
Is Owling really the evolution of planking?
Is that so important? It’s not much of an evolution, if you ask me. But then again, planking wasn’t exactly an amazing idea to begin with. It’s just something fun and silly that people sometimes do for a laugh. So, rather than trying to figure out whether owling is the evolution of planking, just pick your preferred form and have fun posing… that’s the whole point of it, after all.
PRECAUTIONS: It can be argued that Owling is really NOT an evolution of planking, in the sense as it’s just dangerous and potentially harmful, when performed haphazardly. As a matter of fact, and before we proceed to the largest owling gallery you’ve ever come across – which may indeed inspire you to do some owling of your own – it’s never enough pointing out…
Know your limits. Know your sense of balance. Be safe. Do not jeopardize your physical well-being for the sake of owling. Internet memes are only fun while you’re still alive to enjoy them. Right?
The owling-most pictures you’ve ever seen:
Most of these pictures were collected from the Facebook group “Owling: the Evolution of Planking”, which you may want to visit if you just can’t get enough of it. Or in case you’re itching to post some pictures of your own. By the way, you’re welcome to add more pics to this post via comments. Enjoy!
Bonus game: Can you spot the non-owling pics?
PS – In our opinion some of these pictures don’t quite qualify as pure “owling”, for one or more of three main reasons: a) the person is smiling or making a silly face, b) the person is simply crouching or c) the person is curling their arms close to their chest. We’ve still included some of those for the sake of illustrated contrast. Can you spot the not-owling pictures in the gallery you just went through?