Internet memes seem to gallop by faster than an ostrich on amphetamines. It can sometimes be difficult to keep up.
We have recently seen planking take over the internet (and even more recently ‘batman-ing’ – seriously, check it out here), which saw people acting as stiff as a board. Not in a crusty-trousered-rapey sort of way, more in a lie-on-the-bottom-shelf-of-a-supermarket-fridge amusing kind of way.
Well, a new photo meme craze seems to be surfacing across the internet called ‘horsemanning’.
The name derives from the evil character, the Headless Horseman, from ‘The Legend Sleepy Hollow’. There was a film version with Johnny Depp, who looked like an anaemic field mouse with the complexion of a sheet of A4 paper.
The objective of “horsemanning” is for the photo’s subject to appear beheaded. It requires two people, so if you’ve got no mates then you’re fucked.
One poses with their body exposed and head hidden, whilst the other exposes only their head.
Apparently fake beheading, or “horsemanning”, was a popular way to pose for photos in the 1920s. The sadistic bastards loved to see their children with their heads removed.
According to the “horsemanning” website, this photo was found at a flea market and dates from the period.
We will have to see if horsemanning reaches the global heights of planking. However, I’m sure that people will find some amusing ways to look headless. Here are some of the photos released so far.