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New word alert: Cone-ing

Cone-ing is the new planking. Here’s the formula: Bored kids + camera = harmless G-rated mayhem. This time there’s soft-serve involved.

Cone-ing is making a video as you order an ice cream cone from a drive-through window and then grab it by the ice cream instead of the cone. The result is a gooey mess and, with luck, an interesting reaction from the person selling you the cone.

Why is this a thing?

Like planking, the word cone-ing (always with a hyphen, never coning or coneing) comes from Australia. Comedian Alki Stevens, on his Twitter profile, describes himself as “Australian Comedian. Inventor of Cone-ing. Former Backyard Wrestling Champion.”

It started with this YouTube video, which Stevens uploaded in June 2011 and now has over 6 million views:

For whatever reason, this swept the globe. A search for “cone-ing” on YouTube turns up thousands of videos from pranksters around the world. Here’s a video of a beleaguered McDonald’s employee in New Jersey who has “seen this stuff before.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Q0Zlt9cFg

What the hell is wrong with these kids? Don’t they have access to drugs?

—Spotted via Gothamist and The Daily What.

— By Daryl Lang. Filed under Language, Words

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