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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".

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.


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