victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 20 00:46:42 UTC 2011

I'll go for Door Number Two, Monty! Yes, they are clearly spelling it
wrong--but, apparently, that's a part of the joke:

> Horsemanning, or fake beheading, was a popular way to pose in a photograph
> in the 1920's. Sometimes spelled horsemaning, the horsemanning photo fad
> derives its name from the Headless Horseman, a character from “The Legend of
> Sleepy Hollow.”  According to legend, the "original" horsemanning photo was
> discovered at a flea market. After a series of horsemanning photos began
> trending on Buzzfeed, people got inspired to recreate the horseman.
> Horsemanning is experiencing a revival and is best known as the new form of
> planking.  Check out our gallery which even includes some famous celebrities
> horsemanning!

Even then, it may be more Mayne Reid than with Washington Irving... Either
way, I'm turning into a grumpy old man and pronouncing it "horsemanuring".
As for the 1920s connection, there was a 1922 film Headless Horseman, with
Will Rogers as Ichabod Crane ( ). I guess, that brings
it back to Washington Irving... sort of.

Wiki does have an entry with the correct spelling. It also mentions
"planking" and "owling", in passing.


On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> Victor, either you're not pronouncing it right or they're not
> spelling it right!  :-)
> At 9/19/2011 06:30 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
> >Horsemaning? I needed an explanation for this one--and even knowing what
> it
> >is, I fail to see the connection. But that's just me.
> >
> >
> >
> > > "Horsemaning" is an Internet meme that mimics a fake beheading in
> > > photographs. The origins are believed to be in the 1920s when people
> would
> > > imitate the Headless Horseman, a character from the "The Legend of
> Sleepy
> > > Hallow."
> Or were lousy photographers.
> Joel
> > > Urban legend has it that a 1920s photograph of two children horsemaning
> was
> > > recently found at a garage sale and uploaded onto the Internet,
> > thus kicking
> > > off the resurgence of the fad. The trend has made its round on
> Facebook,
> > > blogs and BuzzFeed. Even a couple of celebrities have taken the plunge.
> >
> >
> >Sounds like horseshit, but CBS calls it "horsemaning".
> >
> >VS-)

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