It’s been only a few months since planking took the online world by storm and just a little over a month since owling and leisure diving arrived on the scene. Now there’s a new viral photo trend in town and it’s blowing planking, owling and leisure diving out of the water! It’s called Headless Horsemanning and its goal is simple—to make it look as though you’ve been beheaded. Pretty awesome, right?
Horsemanning and its origins are explained on Horsemanning.com. “Horsemanning, or fake beheading, was a popular pose in a photograph in the 1920s. Sometimes spelled horsemaning, the horsemanning photo fad derives its name from the Headless Horseman, an evil character from ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.’” The oldest known horsemanning photo, pictured below, was allegedly taken in 1920…though we haven’t been able to find any proof that this photo is actually as old as people are saying.
Horsemanning just recently hit Facebook and is quickly approaching its first 1,000 likes, and the hashtag #horsemanning is also picking up speed on Twitter. Check out a few horsemanning photos below and click here to see the official photo gallery on the Horsemanning website. People are horsemannng on tractors, on countertops, with iPads and books. Even Kathy Lee Gifford is horsemanning (see image below)!
Personally, I’m a big fan of horsemanning, mostly because it requires a lot more creativity and team work than some of the previous photo meme trends. You need at least three people (a body, a head and someone to take the picture) to pull it off. What do you think of this new trend? How does it compare to planking, owling and leisure diving? How long do you think it will last?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.