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Updated Dec 05, 2011 at 02:47AM EST by Brad.

Added Jul 12, 2011 at 09:40PM EDT by Don.

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Owling refers to the act of sitting in a perched position while looking off into the distance as to mimic the posture of an owl. The fad was created as a response to another photo fad called “planking”.


A thread was posted to Reddit[1] on July 11th, 2011, entitled “Seems to be an increase in planking photos, so…” featuring a demotivational stye image macro of a woman perched on railing with the caption “OWLING because planking is so two months ago”.


On July 12th, 2011, the story was posted on Salon[2], HuffPo Urlesque[9], NowPublic[4]. and BuzzFeed[5], even spawning a few user-generated images on Tumblr[6] and Reddit.[7]

The first Urban Dictionary[8] definition was created the same day:

The act of displaying oneself on-top of miscellaneous objects in a sitting position while holding your knees. Let’s go owling tonight on-top of signs!

Search queries for “owling” increased dramatically on July 12th, the day after the first Reddit post.


[1]Reddit – Seems to be an increase in planking photos, so…

[2]Salon – Owling is the new planking, and other made-up trends

[3]Huffington Post – Owling Is The Squatter’s Answer To

[4]NowPublic – Owling: The New Planking?

[5]BuzzFeed – Owling is the New Planking

[6]Tumblr – #owling

[7]Reddit – owling

[8]Urban Dictionary – owling

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