Cone-ing is a video fad where participants order an ice cream cone at a fast food drive-through. When they are handed the ice cream by the server, they grab it by the ice cream end instead of the cone, often leaving the drive-though attendant shocked and bewildered.

Alki Stevens, introduced this new craze in Australia, many are calling it the new planking. Stevens' first video managed to gain over 600,000 views in less than five days. The first cone-ing video was uploaded to YouTube by Stevens through his user stevensalki on May 18th, 2009, and has received 130,000 views as of June 2011. The fad did not take off until stevensalki uploaded another video titled “CONE-ING IS THE NEW PLANKING” on June 5th, 2011, and it received over 1.4 million views within nine days.

People all around the world are starting to participate and its creating a new fad, according to the so-called official cone-ing Web site. Urban dictionary defines the act as the art of grabbing a McDonalds ice-cream cone from the ice cream end just to weird out the McDonalds Worker.

Cone-ing, unlike planking and possibly owling, is considered the safest recent fad.

Planking, which may have inspired the new 'cone-ing' fad, is said to have started as early as 1994 by Tom Green, a British comedian, claims to have invented Planking, a game or an activity that involves lying down in outrageous locations or places with face and feet pointing down and arms by your sides.

In September 2009, seven doctors and nurses working at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, England were suspended for planking while on duty. On May 13, 2011, a 20-year-old man from Gladstone in central Queensland, Australia, was charged by the police for allegedly planking on a police vehicle. Then came the first fatal casualty. On May 15,2011, Acton Beale, a 20-year-old man in Brisbane, Australia, fell off the seventh-floor balcony while trying to plank himself on the guardrail.

Beale was the first victim of planking.

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