If you haven’t heard of “whaling,” it’s, like, totally the new “it” thing to do. At least in the realm of social media. But what is it? A new exercise routine? A bizarre dating ritual? A dance move?
The latest craze on Vine, the smartphone app that allows users to make looping six-second-long videos, has amateur movie editors bending over backward – literally – to be noticed. Whaling involves throwing your body up and over, arms outstretched, so that you resemble a breaching whale.
Or, as Vine defines it: “To dive backwards with one’s body in a public or unusual place, like a whale breaching the surface of the ocean.”
Well, at least it’s not twerking.
Like its predecessors –- owling (the act of crouching like an owl in odd places), planking, (lying face-down in a public place and keeping a straight body) and Tebowing (getting down on one knee and praying) –- whaling has gained traction on social media, picked up its own hashtag and amassed several loyal whalers.
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And there you have it, folks. Whaling. We’ve culled some of our favorite whaling videos from the realm of Vine and posted them below.