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Teapotting is a photo fad involving people posing as a teapot with their arms and body in a way reminiscent to the children’s song and dance I’m a little Teapot. It’s widely considered as a much safer version of Planking, among other recent photo fads.
On May 16th 2011, Alison Coate and Olivia Campbell, two teachers from Mortlake College, Australia, created the first Facebook page for Teapotting featuring themselves doing a teapot pose in various locations from the school playground to the staffroom.
According to several Australian newspapers, including The Age, The Examiner and The Herald Sun that accounted for the immediate phenomenon of that particular fad, Alison Coate commented that the idea came to be following the increasing popularity of Planking and that they wanted to see if anything could become a craze by launching their own trend.
“We were mentioning how unbelievable the media attention has been (for planking),” 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?
“When we were kids everyone did the dance but we came up with the idea thinking that with something as stupid as planking there could be something fun like teapotting.”
Still according to the aforementioned newspapers, the Facebook page gained about 2 000 likes overnight. As of November 29th 2011, the page has got over 6 000 likes and collected dozens of pictures from people around the world.
On May 17th, it even reached TV, in a news segment from Sunrise, with a link to their own set of pictures: