COMEDY
07/13/2011 01:45 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tom Green Created 'Planking' In 1994 (VIDEO)

By now, we're all familiar with "planking," the phenomenon where people lay on things face down in public. And that's it. Although planking is seen as a relatively new phenomenon, comedian and former MTV host Tom Green unearthed some footage from the early '90s where he definitively proves that he was the first planker.

Green has apparently been planking since 1990, CNN reports. He called the bit "Dead Guy" and performed it several times with his rap group Organized Rhyme.

To prove that he was planking before the trend hit the national level, Green dug up a video from the archives of his employer from 1994 that shows Green planking on a Canadian cable show.

Green's prank is intended to get passersby to ask him for help, as opposed to true planking, which is just silliness for the sake of silliness. But regardless, the two are indistinguishable.

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