'Planking' is Dead; Long Live 'Horsemaning' [SLIDESHOW]

on August 11 2011 5:19 PM

Can Planking ever be dethroned? First came Owling, then came Plowling (a combination of its two predecessors) then Canoeing and finally Leisure Diving, each one hoping to become the raddest internet fad.

Next on the list of awkward themed pictures posted on Facebook: "Horsemaning."

Presumably named after the Headless Horseman from Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Horsemaning involves two people: one posing as the headless body, the other as the bodiless head. Below is Irving's description of the spooky rider from the point of view of his protagonist, Ichabod Crane. How does the internet sensation compare to the writer's original character?

"Such was one of the favorite haunts of the Headless Horseman, and the place where he was most frequently encountered. The tale was told of old Brouwer, a most heretical disbeliever in ghosts, how he met the Horseman returning from his foray into Sleepy Hollow, and was obliged to get up behind him; how they galloped over bush and brake, over hill and swamp, until they reached the bridge; when the Horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton, threw old Brouwer into the brook, and sprang away over the tree-tops with a clap of thunder."

When he finally meets the apparition, Crane describes him as such:

"He appeared to be a horseman of large dimensions, and mounted on a black horse of powerful frame. He made no offer of molestation or sociability, but kept aloof on one side of the road, jogging along on the blind side of old Gunpowder, who had now got over his fright and waywardness."

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