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Viral Photos: Playboy’s Hef and the Playmates Planking on Twitter

Maybe it’s only because it is a Friday in August, but this seems to be exactly the kind of thing that Twitter was created for:

Hugh Hefner and a passel of Playmates deciding to post photos of themselves “planking” on the table of the dining room at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

And, better still, using the hashtag: #plankingplaymates.

For those who have been in Outer Mongolia for a while, planking is a craze on the Web of posting a photo of yourself facedown in an unusual place.

And, as you will see below, Hef’s results are definitely odd:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work