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The Lying Down Craze
An internet fad that managed to escape my attention is the "lying down" craze, in which people post photos of themselves lying face down, hands against their sides, in unusual locations. This sounded like fun to a group of British doctors and nurses: "The staff were pictured face down on resuscitation trolleys, ward floors and the air ambulance heli-pad during a night shift at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wilts." Their mistake was to then post the photos on Facebook. Seven of them have now been suspended pending disciplinary hearings. []
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 10, 2009

I'd never heard of this fad either, but there's a Facebook group (with 56,000 members):

And a web page:
Posted by Frosted Donut  in  Mercer Island  on  Thu Sep 10, 2009  at  02:29 PM
It started about a year ago in Billingham NE England, I didn't know it had reached anywhere else yet.
Posted by PM  in  UK  on  Fri Sep 11, 2009  at  06:56 AM
What's so great about lying down?
I do it every night.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Matagorda, Texas  on  Fri Sep 11, 2009  at  11:03 AM
How many of these hobbyists (to stretch the meaning of the word probably more than it should be stretched) can lie down in a phone booth at the same time? If you don't know what a phone booth is, you're a young whippersnapper and don't have any right to live.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sun Sep 13, 2009  at  11:26 PM
it sounds like something out of Monty Python's Flying Circus. I can picture the sketch right now...
Posted by Leo  in  Somewhere in 78 rpm land  on  Mon Sep 14, 2009  at  07:14 AM
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