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A successor to ‘planking’ and ‘Tebowing’ has emerged, and it’s ‘whaling’

Don't look before you leap.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 11, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 3:47 pm CDT

When whales do it, it’s “breaching.” When humans do it on Vine, it’s a meme called “whaling”—a harmless activity not to be confused with your garden-variety street beatings

Yes, now that planking, Quidditching, frosting, milking, Vadering, owling, and Tebowing have all peaked and become unglamourous, you’ll want to record video of yourself behaving like a giant marine mammal in unlikely places. Until we think of something better.

Not to rain on anybody’s parade, but this type of social media fad may have jumped the shark long ago.

Photo by Ian C/Flickr

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*First Published: Mar 11, 2014, 4:05 pm CDT