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Forget planking, #whaling is the hot new Vine trend

Vine users everywhere are breaching the surface and singing whale songs to feed the weird new #whaling movement.

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Vine user Worldchamp Santwon breaches the counter at a McDonald's. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The gadget-toting subpopulation of the human race can't go for long without developing a new visual meme that spreads like an iPhone rumor. The most recent craze is cropping up on Vine, and it's called whaling. There is a list dedicated to whaling, which offers the helpful definition "to dive backwards with one's body in a public or unusual place, like a whale breaching the surface of the ocean."

Fads like planking and Tebowing were built for an age of photographs. They were amusing, still poses, captured in the moment. Whaling builds on the idea of doing something weird in unlikely places, but brings in the element of motion (and sometimes sound). It's designed to shine in Vine's short-video format.

Now that whaling has exploded as a meme, the challenge is for whalers to up the ante on the antics. Synchronized whaling? We got it. Whaling in the produce section of the grocery store? Been done. Whaling in a bathroom stall? Check.

Should you decide to try your hand at whaling, you may want to warm up first. Do some light jogging, then some stretches. You don't want to throw your back out. People with a gymnastics background will probably have the most success. It takes a lot more energy and gumption than planking, so be prepared. Also, practice your whale songs. I suggest listening to "Whales Alive," narrated by Leonard Nimoy, for inspiration.

The origin of whaling is hard to pinpoint. It may have started with Vine user Worldchamp Santwon, whose whaling-in-McDonald's Vine has over 40,000 shares, but it's hard to trace it back to an original Tim Tebow sort of moment. However it kicked off, it's bound to burn bright for a few shining Internet moments before eventually taking its place in the meme graveyard, right next to owling.