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Passing up the plank for the pot
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Passing up the plank for the pot

14.03.2012 From our online archive
First there was planking, now the new craze to hit bored teens and drunken friends is teapotting!

(JB) First there was planking, now the new craze to hit bored teens and drunken friends is teapotting!

Widely believed to be a safer version of the extreme sport known as planking, teapotting is described by Facebook fans as a “delicate and understated” art.

All teapotters need do to take part is raise one hand limply at their side and rest the other on their hip, striking the pose of a teapot. Founded by two psychology teachers at Mortlake College in Australia, the craze has achieved a mass following through Facebook where it has garnered nearly 7,000 likes.

One of the founders Alison Coate explained that she and colleague Olivia Campbell came up with the idea as an experiment to see if they could garner as much media attention as planking had.

She said:"We were joking around that anything can become a 'craze' on Facebook these days, so why not start one by making a teapot stance?“

The official teapotting Facebook page describes the art: “Teapotting is delicate and understated. It is at its most amusing when achieved during a conversation with a superior, especially when they don't notice.”

Planking, where a person is photographed lying face down with their hands flat against their sides and feet together in an unusual location, was founded more than 15 years ago by a group of friends who called it the “lying down game”.

It hit headlines earlier this year, however, when a 20-year-old attempting a plank after a night out fell seven storeys to his death from a flat in Brisbane, Australia.

Thankfully, teapotting poses fewer risks, unless you attempt it while drinking a cup of hot tea.

And, if you don't get on with teapotting, there's always owling and Batmanning.